Geoscientists are gathering for the 105th Annual Meeting of the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America, being held 7-9 May 2009 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan is hosting the meeting.
The technical program, presented by academic and industry scientists, and graduate and undergraduate students, will highlight cutting-edge scientific research in themed and general discipline sessions.
TECHNICAL SESSION HIGHLIGHTS
- Terroir: the relationship of geology, soils and climate to the quality of wines
- Consider the debate over which soil produces the best pinot noir in Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2009CD/finalprogram/abstract_157633.htm
- Rivers, Humans, and Fish: River Morphology and Ecohydraulics
- Learn how the hydraulics of sockeye salmon spawning grounds were studied to provide guidelines in designing a river restoration project: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2009CD/finalprogram/abstract_157420.htm
Other Themed Sessions include:
- Paleozoic Paleogeography of Cordilleran Terranes
- Geoscience Framework for Metallogeny in the Southern Cordillera
- Pulling Apart the Cordilleran Orogen: Tectonic and Magmatic Processes Revealed within Extensional Terranes
View the complete technical program at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2009CD/finalprogram/.
FIELD TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
Best known for its lakes, ski hills, and vineyards, Kelowna is also in the middle of a geologic paradise. Field trips will include destinations to regions exhibiting extension, compressional, and volcanic processes. The accessible geology includes Proterozoic basement complexes, Eocene and Miocene volcanic-plutonic complexes, and Quaternary glacial and deglacial landforms and sediments. Kelowna is also within a few hours’ drive of the Burgess Shales area.
MEETING, REGISTRATION, AND HOUSING INFORMATION
Complete meeting information is available at http://www.geosociety.org/sectdiv/cord/09mtg/index.htm
Information on registration is available at http://www.geosociety.org/sectdiv/cord/09mtg/registration.htm. Information on lodging is available at http://www.geosociety.org/sectdiv/cord/09mtg/lodging.htm.
MEDIA REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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.