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GSM 2016 Summer Field Trip

July 16 and 17

The field trip will start at 8:30am both days from the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on Depot Street in Unity.

Reservations for lodging need to be made by July 1.  See details below

Description

The 2016 GSM Summer Field Trip will be on bedrock and glacial geology in the greater Belfast-Brooks area, south-central Maine and will be led by Woody Thompson, Dave West, Roger Hooke, and Steve Pollock. It will be held on the weekend of July 16 and 17.

This field trip will highlight prominent bedrock and surficial features in the general area between Belfast and Brooks, Maine.  Many of the individual stops visited will allow for observations of features related to both the bedrock geologic history (hundreds of millions of years old), and the much more recent glacial history (tens of thousands of years old).

The bedrock portion of the trip will provide opportunities to observe representative units within the four major tectonic terranes that are juxtaposed in this region (St. Croix, Fredericton, Passagassawakeag, and Casco Bay belts).  Additionally, aspects of the deformation, metamorphic, and plutonic history of these rocks will be examined.  Finally, a spectacular traverse across the high strain portion of the regionally extensive Norumbega fault system will reveal a wide variety of fault rocks (e.g., mylonite, cataclasite, pseudotachylyte), and demonstrate a complex history of superimposed fault activity.

The glacial portion of the trip will include localities showing impressive glacial grooves revealing ice flow directions, erratic boulders eroded from till, a new glaciomarine delta exposure, and an esker pit.  Additionally there will be stops that “ground-truth” the new stunning Lidar imagery in the area that has provided evidence of widespread removal of upland till by subglacial meltwater streams which, near the glacier margin, are associated with esker nets.

Logistics:

Rooms are available at Unity College, 90 Quaker Hill Rd, Unity, Maine, Friday and Saturday nights.  We will be having a social with cash bar at the College Saturday after returning from the field, followed by a sit down dinner.  For those wishing to stay at Unity College, rooms will be $25 per night per person and will include breakfast.  I expect most will only be staying Saturday night, but if you wish to stay Friday night also that is an option.

1 night including breakfast buffet = $25.00

2 nights including breakfast buffet = $50.00

We will be having a sit down dinner prepared by the Unity College Catering Service on Saturday night.  It will include an entrée with salads and vegetables on the side.  The choice in entrees will be chicken, beef or vegetarian.  The dinner will cost $10.  We will have more information on this later. Both the social and dinner will be in the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on Depot Street in Unity.

There is no cost for the field trip and it is not required that you stay at Unity College.  You can join the trip at the college on Saturday or Sunday mornings or both.  Field Trip details will be provided later.

For now I need to know how many people will be staying at Unity College and for which nights.  I also need to know who will be coming to the dinner and what entrée you want.  Please send me an email by Friday, July 1 and follow that with a check for room and food.  We must inform the Unity College Catering Service two weeks before the event, hence the July 1 deadline.

Bruce Hunter

Email – bruce.e.hunter@gmail.com

44 Old Fairgrounds Rd.

Readfield, ME  04355

E2TECH Event, May 19: She Blinded Me With Science! The Role of Science in Public Policy

She Blinded Me With Science! The Role of Science in Public Policy

she blinded me


When:

7:15 AM – 10:00 AM  Thursday, May 19, 2016

Location:  Congregation Bet Ha’am,

81 Westbrook Street, South Portland

 

 

Registration – http://www.e2tech.org/events/forums-and-events

  • Member – $15.00 (USD)
  • Non- Member – $30.00 (USD)
  • Student Member – Free
  • SunriseGuide Coupon Holder –Free, Must present SunriseGuide coupon at registration table

 

She Blinded Me With Science!  The Role of Science in Public Policy

We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge- from climate change to vaccinations- faces furious opposition. Some even have doubts about the moon landing.
Joel Achenbach, Washington Post Science writer

Science and technology are foundations of good environmental, public health, and other public policy initiatives, but they can also be twisted to achieve predetermined results. Politics increasingly plays a role in “selecting” scientific data to fit an ideology and confirm what is already believed. History is awash with flat-earth advocates and Washington, DC and Augusta both have their fair share of scientific skeptics. True science is subjected to rigorous experimentation, peer review, and reproduction of results. While absolute certainty is virtually impossible, scientific consensus should always be subject to being overturned by more advanced research, testing, and discovery.

A contemporary example of the diminishing role of science in public policy can be found in the ongoing climate change debate. While some believe that the threat of global warming is a hoax perpetuated to attack the free market and industrial society and keep fossil fuels in the ground, most scientists believe that human activity is the dominant cause. The “debate” over science extends to mining, forestry, water use, medicine, and many other policy spheres.

When taxpayer dollars are at stake, should the scientific research process be under more intense scrutiny in setting public policy? Should politics be allowed to stifle, or at least shape, scientific consensus? Is the role of science in public policy paramount in decision-making? And, what about the precautionary principal – should the lack of reliable scientific knowledge hold back developments in environmental, public health, food, and other potential advances?

Speakers Include:

  • Senator Thomas Saviello, Chair, Environmental & Natural Resources Committee – Maine State Senate
  • Michael Halpern, Program Manager, Center for Science and Democracy – Union of Concerned Scientists
  • James Houle, Program Director – University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center
  • Taryn Hallweaver, Climate Project Director – Maine People’s Alliance

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians

“Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians: A Traveling Geology Course, Maine to Quebec” will be offered through the Eagle Hill Institute this summer, 6/19-25/16. It is patterned after Hank Williams’ legendary trans-Newfoundland trip, and has been run in various forms around a dozen times since 1992. Please see link for details. Questions may be addressed to Marilyn Mayer, the coordinator at Eagle Hill Institute (marilyn@eaglehill.us) and/or Doug Reusch, trip leader (reusch@maine.edu).   This field trip is an updated version of the GSM-sponsored trip of summer 1999 (see page 2 of July 1999 newsletter: http://gsmmaine.org/newsletters/1999_v25_n2.pdf.

2016 Appalachian Tectonics

SPRING MEETING 2016! April 1 ORONO

Geological Society of Maine

Spring Meeting April 1, 2016

Location: Bryand Global Science Center
University of Maine
Orono, Maine

Agenda – 2016 Spring -meeting-program

1:00pm Registration

1:00-2:30pm Poster Presentation, 2nd Floor Bryand Global Science Center and School of Earth and Climate Sciences Open House

2:30-4:00 Student Oral Presentations, 100 Nutting Hall

4:00 pm Keynote Speaker, 100 Nutting Hall

When Carbon Escaped from the Sea: The End of the Last Ice Age Recorded by Marine Microfossils
Katherine Allen: School of Earth and Climate Sciences, University of Maine

4:55 pm           Award Presentations

5:00 pm Business Meeting, 100 Nutting Hall

~5:15 Social Hour, 2nd Floor Bryand Global Science Center

Call for Abstracts for Student Presentations

Submit abstracts by email to: Martin Yates, yates@maine.edu

Please indicate in the subject line if it’s a GSM poster abstract or GSM oral abstract.

Abstract Deadline: must be received by Friday, March 25, 2016

Fall Meeting Nov 13 (Repost)

The Geological Society of Maine Fall Meeting
Friday, November 13, 2015, 1:00 pm
Augusta Civic Center, Washington/York Room

The theme of the presentations is

Using Emerging Technology on a Submerging Coast

The preliminary program announcement is here:

2015Fall-meeting-program-announcement_10-8

Hope to see you there.

October 28, 2015: 2nd Symposium on the Presumpscot Formation

Of interest to Geological Society of Maine members:

2nd Symposium on the Presumpscot Formation

Advances in Geotechnical, Geologic, and Construction Practice
October 28, 2015
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hannaford Hall
University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford St.
Portland, Maine

http://umaine.edu/presumpscot-symposium/
The 1st Symposium on the Presumpscot Formation, entitled Geologic and Geotechnical Characteristics of the Presumpscot Formation Maine’s Glaciomarine “Clay”, was held March 20, 1987 in Augusta, ME. It was organized to allow discussion among geologists, soil scientists, and geotechnical engineers on topics including: hazardous and radioactive site disposal, groundwater investigations and modeling, coastal retreat and bluff formation, sedimentology and landslide processes, wick drains, and highway embankments.
The 2nd Symposium on the Presumpscot Formation will focus on Advances in Geotechical, Geologic, and Construction Practice and include site investigation, design, and implementation of project in the Presumpscot glacial-marine clay found in coastal Maine and New Hampshire. Sessions include: geology, soil properties, design and performance, and construction practices. Attendees receive complimentary meals (light breakfast, lunch, breaks) and a digital copy of Symposium proceedings.

Registration: http://umaine.edu/presumpscot-symposium/register-to-attend/
• Professionals: $100
• Retirees/Students: $25
• Presenters/Panelists: $50
Sponsorship: http://umaine.edu/presumpscot-symposium/sponsorship/
Corporate sponsorship funds will be use to help to defray the cost of registration, catering, and symposium organization. Funds collected in excess of Symposium costs will be donated as scholarships to the Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Science programs at UMaine.
• $500: Bronze Sponsor (includes one full registration)
• $1000: Silver Sponsor (includes one full registration)
• $2000: Gold Sponsor (includes two full registrations)
For more information, contact: Melissa Landon, University of Maine: melissa.landon@maine.edu
Charlie Nickerson, R.W. Gillespie & Associates: cnickerson@rwg-a.com

PDF Announcement:  2015 Presumpscot Symposium Announcement

Fall Meeting November 13, 2015, Augusta Civic Center

The Geological Society of Maine Fall Meeting
Friday, November 13, 2015, 1:00 pm
Augusta Civic Center, Washington/York Room

The theme of the presentations is

Using Emerging Technology on a Submerging Coast

The preliminary program announcement is here:

2015Fall-meeting-program-announcement_10-8

Hope to see you there.

November 13 – Save the Date for Fall Meeting!

Augusta Civic Center (tentative).  Details to follow.

Summer Field Trip Registration Deadline May 31!!!!!

The 2015 GSM field trip will be held July 25-26 at Isle au Haut.  Leaders will be Dr. Marshall Chapman of Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, and Bob Gerber, CG, engineering and geologic consultant and summer resident of Isle au Haut.  The coastal setting and high tourist season mean we have to plan ahead, and we need commitments from those who are planning to go.  Here is the announcement and registration form that has been mailed to all members.  We need your registration form back by May 31.  If you are staying at the campground we need a check for $25 (for campground reservation) by May 31.

GSM-2015summer-fieldtrip-registration

Here is a more detailed description of the field trip:

2015 Field Trip info_12_15_2014 edits

People with questions that are not answered by this attachment can contact Bob Gerber via email at Aframe73@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Iapetan Crossing Field Trip Announcement 7/26-8/1/2015

“Iapetan Crossing: A Travelling Geology Course from Maine to Quebec” will be offered through the Eagle Hill Institute this summer, 7/26-8/1. It is patterned after Hank Williams’ legendary trans-Newfoundland trip, and has been run in various forms around a dozen times since 1992. Please see link for details. Questions may be addressed to Marilyn Mayer, the coordinator at Eagle Hill Institute (marilyn@eaglehill.us) and/or Doug Reusch, trip leader (reusch@maine.edu).   This field trip is pretty much a repeat of the GSM-sponsored trip of summer 1999 (see page 2 of July 1999 newsletter: http://gsmmaine.org/newsletters/1999_v25_n2.pdf.

http://www.eaglehill.us/programs/nhs/seminar-flyer-pdfs/2015Iapetan_Reusch.pdf