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Geological Society of America Annual Meeting 2019

Last Updated: 26th Sep 2019

By Jolyon Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.





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I'm here in Phoenix for the GSA Annual Meeting. Hundreds of presentations over four days and many other events and exhibition booths.



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There are 21 talks running concurrently so I have chosen to start with the Mineralogical Society of America at 100 years, the many faces of tourmaline.



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The first 17 of the sessions that are running now



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Erin is also here to help cover the event, and has chosen to attend the session on “Unconventional Ideas and Outrageous Hypotheses I: In Honor of Warren B. Hamilton.” Lawrence C. Hamilton is currently presenting “The Work and Legacy of Warren Hamilton.”



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Lawrence Hamilton is following himself with another presentation titled “The Last Paper of Warren B. Hamilton.” The paper is titled “Toward a myth-free geodynamic history of Earth and it’s neighbors.”



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The talks in the tourmaline session this morning



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Robert J. Stern and Tara’s Gerya are presenting “The Plate Tectonic Pump: How the Transition from Single Lid to Plate Tectonics Simulates Biological Evolution.”



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Next Sr-rich tourmaline by Andreas Ertl et al.



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General Formula



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Guochun Zhao on “Dilemmas of Plate Tectonics in Explaining the Neoarchean Crystal Formation and Evolution of the Eastern Block, North China Craton.”



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Christopher Beckett-Brown us now talking about growth textures in porphyry related tourmaline



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Marta Codeço is talking about Tourmaline-Muscovite pairs from Panasqueira, Portugal



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Thomas Rossetter is presenting “Planets, Programmes, and Paradigms: Philosophy of Science in the Work of Warren B. Hamilton.”



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Craig C. Lundstrom is presenting “The Role of Hydrous Melt at 500-550° in Heat Flow, Climate Control and Formation of Continental Crust.”



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Irina M. Artemieva is presenting “Making and Altering the Crust: a Global Perspective on Crustal Structure and Evolution.”



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Bruce R. Julian is now presenting “Teleseismic Tomography: Equation (1) is Wrong.”



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Ryan J. Thigpen is presenting “Cataclysmic Collapse of Mountain Topography Along the Yellowstone Hotspot Track.”



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The Exhibit Hall has now opened to the public - we are set up at booth 608, so stop by to say hello!



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NASA is here with their Hyperwall which will run a series of Science Stories through the next few days.



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They also have a display of meteorites for attendees to examine.



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Real World Globes has all kinda of geological globes AND they’re dry erase for teaching purposes!



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The mindat booth staff has assembled!



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The Geological Society of America Foundation is running a contest that includes cases of mineral and rock specimens.



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These must then be paired with the corresponding geologic map of their locality.



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Poster sessions are ongoing and the hall is packed!



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The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources is here with publications!



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The Geological Society of America has a wide range of publications available! (Some of them are coming home with me.)



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In proper geoscience fashion, the line for the bar is an entire wing of the building.



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Monday morning sessions are underway! Erin is sitting in on the session “Exploring Connections between Extension, Sedimentation, and Volcanism in the Rio Grande Rift.” The RGR has much to do with many mineral deposits in New Mexico and numerous New Mexican institutions are here presenting on the subject. Jolante W. van Wijk is opening with “Subsidence History of the Rio grande Rift and Implications for Rio Grande Development.”



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Benjamin J. Drenth is presenting “A Shallow Rift Basin Segmented in Space and Time: the Southern San Luis Basin, Rio Grande Rift, Northern New Mexico.”



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Meanwhile, I (Jolyon) am learning more about Lunar regolith.



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A sample of lunar dust showing the three main areas of lunar geology - mineral fragments from the rocks formed as the moon formed, volcanic glass particles from later activity and agglutinates which are formed by erosion of surface rock by micrometeorites.



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David W. Farris is presenting “Gravity Constraints on Faulting, Volcanism, and Basin Geometry in the Rio Grande Rift, near Taos, New Mexico.”



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Erika M. Swanson is presenting “Possible Interpretations of Slip Events on the Pajarito Fault System.”



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Lindsay Lowe Worthington is presenting “New Insights into Fault Kinematics and Basin Structure in the Southern Albuquerque Basin from the Dense Passive Sevilleta Seismic Experiment.”



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Jason W. Ricketts is presenting “The Thermochronologic Record of Tectonism and Magmatism Across the Rio Grande Rift-Basin and Range Transition.”



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Georgina Rodriguez-Gonzalez is presenting “Fault Kinematics of the Southern Rio Grande Rift: Exploring the Possibility of Fault Reactivation.”



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Michelle M. Havel is presenting “Different Cooling Histories in the Basin and Range and Rio Grande Rift of Southern New Mexico Revealed Using Low Temperature Thermochronology.”



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Jeffrey M. Amati is presenting “Late Miocene Basalts of the Robledo Mountains, New Mexico, in Context of the History of Mafic Magmatism in the Southern Rio Grande Rift.”



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Daniel J. Koning is presenting “Stratigraphy, Age Control, and Role of Tectonic vs. Paleoclimatic Drivers in the 6.5-4.5 Ma Downstream Integration of the Ancestral Rio Grande in South-Central NM.”



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Shay P. Ridl is presenting “Insights on Provenance and Plio-Early Pleistocene Drainage Evolution of the Ancestral Rio Grande River in Central and Southern New Mexico.”



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Ronny Gene Sholdt is presenting “Assessing Late Quaternary Deformation Across the Southern Rio Grande Rift with the Use of High-Resolution Photogrammetry.”



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Erin’s next selected session is part of the Pardee Symposium on the subject Geoscience Communication in the Modern Age.



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Marcia G. Bjornerud is presenting “Merging Mythos and Logos: Telling Better Geoscience Stories for Public Audiences.”



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Erin Elliott is presenting “Own Your Origin: Translating Story and Science for the Masses.”



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Wendy Bohon is presenting on “Using Social Media for Science Communication: Why, Where and How?”



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Marina B. Suarez and Celina Suarez are presenting “Expanding Geoscience Communication Across Diverse Audiences.”



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There is now a panel discussion on Geoscience Communication Across Different Platforms.



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Among other topics, there is some very intriguing discussion now about increasing diversity in the geosciences.



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Marshall J. Shepherd is now presenting “Zombies, Sports, Cola, and Rocks: Implications for Communicating Climate Science.”



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Susan Hough is presenting “Can You Hear Me Now? Making #SciComm Count in a Noisy World.”



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Rong-Gong Lin is presenting “Thinking Like a Journalist: How a Reporter Communicates on Contentious Issues.”



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Time for another panel discussion - this time on Complication, Conflict, and Crises.



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Jess Phoenix is presenting “Yes, and: the Changing Obligations of Scientists in the Digital Age.”



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Iain S. Stewart is presenting “Geoscientists as Marketers: a Purpose-Led Rethinking of Science Communication for the Modern Age.”



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One session we are attending this morning is Information Systems and the Geological Sciences: Reaching for the Future. Marco Janssen is presenting “Agent-Based Modeling of Humans and Their Environments.”



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Dr Peter Fox discussing the work on data networks that have been used in the Deep Carbon Observatory etc.



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Marshall Ma, one of our collaborators in the mineral evolution project, is presenting.



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Mindat is deeply involved in this!



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A paleographic map of carbon mineral occurrences. This shows how mineral localities related in geologic time rather than today. Something like this will be coming to mindat!



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Earth Science Information Partners, optimizing collaborations to make data matter. By Megan R Carter.



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Rachel C. Mohr is presenting “Preventing Data Loss During Volunteer Transcription of Handwritten Labels: Challenges and Solutions in Historical Paleontological Collections.”
This is very relevant to historical mineral collections as well.



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We're starting the morning with a session on "Recent Advances in Mineralogy/Crystallography." Bob Hazen is opening with "Natural Kind Clustering, Planetary Evolution, and th Classification of Carbon-Bearing Minerals."



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Joshua J. Golden is presenting "Mineral Evolution Database: Data-Driven Age Assignment, How Does a Mineral Get an Age?"



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Mineral network data and how advanced statistical models can be used.



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Jordi Ibanez-Insa is talking about the discovery of Abellaite (which you should know is pronounced 'Abeyaite' )



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Travis Olds is talking about two new carbon minerals found during the Carbon Mineral Challenge, Ewingite and Paddlewheelite.



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Daniel Hummer talking about the conclusion of the Carbon Mineral Challenge



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Shaunna Morrison talking about the advances in predictive mineralogy.



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Jolyon presenting!



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We’ve snuck over to catch a portion of a session on “Porphyry Copper and Related Mineral Deposits of Arizona, the Basin and Range Province, and Beyond.”

Virginia T. McLemore is presenting “Potential for Laramide Porphyry Copper Deposits in Southwestern New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas.”



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Stanley Keith on Arizona porphyry



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Simone Runyon talking about Muscovite alterations in porphyry of Arizona.



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And Peter Megaw talking about the Sunnyside-Hardshell system in the Patagonia mountains.





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