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Meeting Number 1482
Kirk Johnson, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies.
Bill Craddock, USGS - Reston – Insights into Petroleum Geology and North American Landscape Evolution from U.S. Gulf Coast Detrital Zircon Ages.
Ralf Lorenz, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab – Dune Worlds: How windblown sand shapes planetary landscapes.
Refreshments start at 7:30 p.m. The formal program starts at 8:00 p.m.
Meetings are held at the John Wesley Powell Auditorium
List of Officers and Committee Chairs
Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws (both revised Dec. 2013)
Directions to Meeting Location (PDF; also available in Word format)
Membership Dues for 2014: $40/year ($15 for students)
Membership Application Form available in Word or PDF form to print and mail)
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Speaker Suggestions and Queries: 2014 Program Committee chair: Igor Puchtel
An archive of Secretary's minutes back to the late 1940s is available here.
Speech by T. W. Stanton on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of GSW in 1943.
Speech by Hugh D. Miser on the occasion of the 800th meeting of GSW in 1959.
A list of the Founders of GSW is
available here. GSW Archivist Jeff Grossman has initiated a Wikipedia
entry for GSW, available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geological_Society_of_Washington.
The Centennial History of the Geological Society of Washington tells about the history of Earth Sciences in Washington, D.C. as well as the development new ideas in earth science and the evolution of the U.S. Geological Survey. The 165-page paperback volume contains stories about the intellectual and social life of scientists in Washington, and about the good-natured banter that has always characterized GSW meetings. As one reviewer put it, " Bonhomie has been a feature of the Society". A former Chief geologist of the USGS said, "The best $10 I ever spent!". The price is still $10, and the book can be purchased from:
Geological Society of Washington
3635 Concorde Pkwy Suite 500
Chantilly, VA 20151-1125
Order by phone: (703) 652-9950
Payment must be prepaid by check (in US dollars drawn on US bank) or money order payable to the Geological Society of Washington (TIN 52-6049239). GSW cannot be responsible for cash sent through the mail. Cost includes postage by surface or book rate. Publications may not be returned for refund or credit. Damaged books will be replaced.
Volunteers are needed to lead occasional geology walks for the public out of the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Walks are usually held on Saturday mornings of your choice. If interested, please contact Margo Kingston, USGS Retired, at home (301) 657-8818 or USGS (703) 648-6369. The home email address is preferred.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and EARTH magazine list available jobs that may be of interest to the earth science community. The American Geological Institute's Geoscience Careers Site has links to job postings and other career-related information.
The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) Baltimore-Washington-Harrisburg Section holds monthly meetings with dinner and a speaker.
meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month from September through May for
and a presentation.
The Paleontological Society of Washington usually meets on the third
Wednesday of each month, from September though May, for dinner and a
talk in the Cooper Room of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural
The Carnegie Institution of Washington holds public Capital Science Lectures, and both the Geophysical Laboratory and Department of Terrestrial Magnetism hold regular seminars.
Seminar series are held at the University
of Maryland Department of Geology (including the Geochemistry
series) and the George
Washington University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Both the Department
Sciences and Department
Paleobiology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural
History hold series of monthly seminars on a variety of earth science
GSW is a founding society (1898) of the Washington Academy of Sciences, which maintains a calendar of meetings of its 60 member organizations.
In addition, several other area universities and organizations hold geoscience talks. ** If calendars for any of these are available on the web, please let us know and we can add them to this list. **
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Updated January 24, 2013.