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Geoscientists meet to discuss Rocky Mountain geology

Geoscientists will gather soon for the 61st Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America, being held 11-13 May 2009 in Orem, Utah. Utah Valley University (UVU) is hosting the meeting in their new library building on the UVU campus. Brigham Young University is co-hosting.

The technical program, presented by academic and industry scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students, will highlight cutting-edge scientific research in themed sessions on a broad range of topics.


* Quaternary Tectonics and Earthquake-Hazard Characterization in the Rocky Mountain Region *

Topics in this session include kinematics of the Yellowstone Hotspot, and analysis of the 2008-2009 Yellowstone Lake Earthquake swarm, as well as seismic hazard and risk mitigation across the Rocky Mountain region.

* Geologic Hazards in the Rocky Mountain Region and Their Impacts on Development *

Topics include geologic hazards mapping to meet the needs of new and evolving geologic-hazard ordinances; seismic vulnerability of public schools along the Wasatch Front, and geological issues along a planned construction route for an electrical transmission line.

Other sessions address structure and tectonics, new discoveries in Paleozoic Stratigraphy and Paleontology, and hydrologic studies in the Rocky Mountains and Basin and Range area.

View the complete technical program at


Utah Valley is located on the eastern edge of the Basin and Range and close to both the Colorado Plateau and Rocky Mountains provinces. The Wasatch Fault, a major crustal feature, forms the eastern margin of the valley. Field trips will include destinations to one of the largest open-pit copper mines in the world; hot springs in Saratoga Springs, Diamond Fork Canyon, Spanish Fork Canyon, and Wasatch Mountain State Park; Brigham Young University's Museum of Paleontology, housing one of the largest and finest collections of Jurassic dinosaur bones; and various locations providing an in-depth look at the tectonics and stratigraphy of the Western Colorado Plateau.


Complete meeting information is available at

Information on registration is available at Information on lodging is available at


Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

  • Working press representing bona fide, recognized news media with a press card, letter or business card from the publication.
  • Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2008 or 2009.
  • PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Journalists and PIOs must pay regular fees for paid luncheons and any short courses or field trips in which they participate. Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.


Contact: Christa Stratton
Geological Society of America

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