Go Texas—Recent Geological Advances of the Gulf and South-Central Region


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The Geological Society of America's South-Central Section to Meet in Fort Worth, Texas

Boulder, Colo., USA: On 8–10 March 2020, geoscientists from the South-Central region of the U.S. and beyond will convene in Fort Worth, Texas, to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region and beyond.

The meeting will host a broad diversity of technical sessions, reflecting contributions from the South-Central regional section of GSA. "There are sessions related to igneous processes, tectonics, sedimentary rocks, geochemistry, paleoclimate, geochronology, landscape evolution, hydrology and water resources, geoscience education, environmental change, and more," said South-Central organizing Chairs Arne Winguth, University of Texas Arlington, and Omar Harvey of Texas Christian University. Arne also points out that the meeting will include "technical sessions on topics of great societal interest with sessions on water and energy resources and diversity and education."

The meeting will provide several opportunities to engage in conversations about diversity and inclusion, including the keynote presentation by Dr. Cin-Ty Lee about the environmental impacts of electrification of society on Sunday, 9 March, at 5 p.m., Forth Worth Convention Center Room 202A.

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for science education, including a short course, "Dig It: Introduction to a Soil Science Education Toolkit for High School Teachers," and a field trip to West Texas called "Wanderings in the Pangaean Wastelands of Permo-Triassic West Texas."

Selected Highlights of the Scientific Program

Monday, 9 March, 8 a.m.: Recent Progress in Granites, Rhyolites, and Associated Magmatism: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020SC/meetingapp.cgi/Session/48793

Monday, 9 March, 1:30 p.m.: Mass Extinction in Earth History: New Insights from Paleobiological, Geochemical, and Modeling Studies of Mass Extinction Events: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020SC/meetingapp.cgi/Session/48821

Monday, 9 March, 1:30 p.m.: Unresolved Issues in Integrating Pennsylvanian Stratigraphy, Depositional Systems, and Tectonics in the Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020SC/meetingapp.cgi/Session/48794

Monday, 9 March, 1:30 p.m.: Sedimentology, Geochemistry, Chemostratigraphy, and Geomechanics of Mudrock Systems: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020SC/meetingapp.cgi/Session/48828

Tuesday, 10 March, 8 a.m.: Open Versus Closed Systems in Diagenesis and Hydrothermal Alteration: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020SC/meetingapp.cgi/Session/48791

Tuesday, 10 March, 8 a.m.: Recent Advances in Geoscience Research of Northeastern Mexico: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020SC/meetingapp.cgi/Session/48815

Tuesday, 10 March, 8 a.m.: The Role of Geochronology in Constraining the Development of Earth's Lithosphere: Focus on the U.S. South-Central Region, Mexico, and Beyond: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020SC/meetingapp.cgi/Session/48826

View the complete session schedule by day or search the program by keywords at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020SC/meetingapp.cgi/TechnicalPrograms/0

Meeting website: https://www.geosociety.org/sc-mtg


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 2019 or 2020.

• PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Present media credentials to Audrey Heun or William Cox onsite at the GSA registration desk 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.


The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 20,000 members around the world from academia, government, and industry. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth-science education.