From ancient rocks to new knowledge of the universe

Thirty technical scientific sessions will generate discussions around new earth-science research at the 62nd annual meeting of The Geological Society of America’s Rocky Mountain Section, held in association with the Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is hosting the meeting, which is expected to draw more than 350 geoscientists to Rapid City, South Dakota, next week.

Oral sessions and posters will cover a variety of subjects, including paleontology, geologic hazards, geological studies in National Park Service areas, the geology of shale, mining and land use effects, surface water quality, GIS and remote sensing applications in the geosciences, and research at the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab (DUSEL) in Lead, SD.

The technical program begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and ends at 3:20 p.m. on Friday. Members of the media are invited to attend.

View session list at
To see the session schedule and view abstracts, click Search the program by session number (from list at the first link above), or by title, author, or key words.

The scientific exchange will be enhanced with 11 pre- and post-meeting field trip options that highlight spectacular geology of the Black Hills and surrounding areas.


Find complete meeting information 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 2009 or 2010.
  • PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Present media credentials onsite to William Cox, at the GSA registration desk on the second floor of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, to obtain a badge for media access. 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.

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