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Announcement

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are looking for nominations for an ad hoc steering committee. The workshop will bring together experts to consider tipping points, cascading impacts, and interacting risks in the Earth system. Nominations from all fields are welcome with expertise in natural, physical, and social and behavioral sciences, including such disciplines as climate science, oceanography, environmental science, economics, engineering, computer modeling and data science, decision support, sociology, and anthropology.

We invite you to submit nominations for this committee by June 3, 2022.

GSW meeting 1578: Draft minutes of meeting for members to evaluate

Please find attached here the draft minutes of the April 27th meeting for members to evaluate. If you have any additions or corrections please email them to our meeting secretary, Beth Doyle, at edoyle[at]nvcc.edu.

Our final Spring meeting (11 May) will be a hybrid meeting, at the Cosmos Club and on Zoom

We will have a full slate of three talks. Join us to learn about the recent exploration of an enigmatic submarine province in the southern Ocean, exoplanets and how their atmospheric properties are revealed, and the rise of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere more than 2 Gy ago on the basis of new oxygen isotope studies. If you come to the Cosmos Club, please remember to bring your Covid vaccination card. It will be checked. Non-members are welcome! Details of the talks, including the Zoom link, will be sent to members shortly. Contact Michael Ackerson (ackersonm[at]si.edu) for the Zoom link if you do not have it.

SAVE THE DATE: 2022 GSW Spring Fieldtrip, second announcement

Proterozoic and Paleozoic evolution of the Blue Ridge geologic province in northern Virginia

Bill Burton, Steve Schindler and Alan Pitts, USGS

Saturday, May 14 at 9 AM, starting in Haymarket, VA

A one-day trip across the northern Virginia Blue Ridge geologic province highlighting published geologic mapping and geochronology of Mesoproterozoic rocks that constitute the core of the Blue Ridge anticlinorium and Neoproterozoic cover-sequence rocks on the fold limbs.

 Directions to meeting place from I-66 W:  Take I-66 W in the direction of Front Royal.  Take exit number 40 to US-RT 15 NTurn right onto Heathcote Blvd.  Take the next right into the Heathcote Blvd Park and Ride.  This is a VDOT commuter parking lot where we can leave cars safely for the day. There are no restroom facilities or food services at this location. For restrooms or snacks, plan to stop before arriving at the meeting point–for example, at the Sheetz Gas station on the south side of I-66 just 5 mins from this location, which is part of a larger shopping center with a Subway, Aldie Grocery Store, and others.  Arrive early if you need to use these services.  Introductory remarks in the parking lot will start at 9 AM.  We will need to consolidate cars before leaving—please carpool to the meeting place if you can. 

Field guide only available in advance – email PDF request to burtonwc5@gmail.com

(To download this announcement as a Word doc, click here: GSW fieldtrip 2022, second announcement)

Our 27 April meeting will be a hybrid meeting, at the Cosmos Club and on Zoom

It will feature a full slate of three talks. Join us to learn what super deep diamonds can tell us about the causes of deep focus Earthquakes, about volcanic climate warming, and about the initial analysis of the asteroid Ryugu. If you come to the Cosmos Club, please remember to bring your Covid vaccination card. It will be checked. And don’t forget to save some room for the beer. Non-members are welcome! Details of the talks, including the Zoom link, have been sent to members. Contact Michael Ackerson (ackersonm[at]si.edu) for the Zoom link if you do not have it.

GSW meeting 1577: Draft minutes of meeting for members to evaluate

Please find attached here the draft minutes of the April 6th meeting for members to evaluate. If you have any additions or corrections please email them to our meeting secretary, Beth Doyle, at edoyle[at]nvcc.edu.

GSW meeting 1576: Draft minutes of meeting for members to evaluate

Please find attached here the draft minutes of the March 23 meeting for members to evaluate. If you have any additions or corrections please email them to our meeting secretary, Beth Doyle at edoyle[at]nvcc.edu.

Our 6 April meeting will be virtual only

and feature a full slate of three talks. Join us to learn what paleomagnetic tools can tell us about the early Solar System, what zircon can tell us about environments on the early Earth, and using infrasound to characterize large volcanic eruptions. Zoom will open at 7:30 PM for you to socialize, and the meeting will begin at 8:00 PM. Talks will be 20 minutes with questions to follow. Details, including the Zoom link, will be sent to members shortly. Contact Michael Ackerson (ackersonm[at]si.edu) for the Zoom link if you do not have it. We hope to see you there!

Our 23 Mar meeting of GSW will again be at the Cosmos Club

It will also be available virtually, via Zoom. If you come to the Cosmos Club please remember to bring your Covid vaccination card. It will be checked before admission. And don’t forget to save some room for the beer. We have a full program of three talks, including a talk about the electrical properties of the terrestrial planets and moons, paleo-perspectives on future sea level projections for the U.S. Atlantic Coast, and finally fractionation and mixing processes in the early Solar System. Details, including the Zoom link, will be sent to members shortly. Contact Michael Ackerson (ackersonm[at]si.edu) for the Zoom link if you do not have it.

GSW meeting 1575: Draft minutes of meeting for members to evaluate

Please find attached here the draft minutes of the Feb 23 meeting for members to evaluate. If you have any additions or corrections please email them to our meeting secretary, Beth Doyle at edoyle[at]nvcc.edu.