2015 Grand Canyon Geology Raft Trip, July 6 to July 12

Next summer (2015), Fred Beck (Geological Society of Maine) and Alison Jones (GSM and Geological Society of Arizona) will again be leading a raft trip through 188 miles of the Grand Canyon – - a 7 day trip on 2 motorized 34-foot inflatable rafts.  This will be the 7th trip for Alison and 6th for Fred.    We will be going “down section” from the late Permian into the Precambrian, and making numerous geologic and just fun stops along the way.   We will be camping out each night on sandy beach deltas.  As in the past, our trip will be run by Hatch River Expeditions, the oldest raft concessionaire in the Grand Canyon.

Hatch provides everything; two rafts which each comfortably carry 16 people, all camping gear and food, and three licensed experienced guides who run the boats, do the cooking, and assure that everyone will have the experience of a lifetime.    In the past we have had about 50% geologists and the rest spouses, teen-aged children, or just people who want to learn about geology in perhaps the grandest classroom in the world.  It may be that this trip would qualify for continuing education credits for those who need these credits.

This trip has proved very popular and the available spots usually are all filled by late summer or early Fall.   A deposit of $500 is required to hold a spot.  The balance of $2450 is due in March.  In case of cancellation, the deposit will be returned if the spot can be filled.   Since we always have had a waiting list, we’ve never failed to fill vacated spots.  For more detailed information, contact Fred Beck at fmbeck@fmbeck.net, or Alison Jones at ajones@clearcreekassociates.com.

Grand Canyon 2015 Announcement pdf file.




Field Trip Meeting Place, update

The vehicle caravan for Day 1 of this trip (July 19) will assemble starting at 8:00 AM,  in the Telstar High School parking lot, on Route 26 just south of Bethel village.  Carpooling is encouraged, and we have permission to leave some vehicles at the school for the day.  We plan to start out at 8:30 sharp!

2014 GSM Field Trip July 19-20

The 2104 GSM field trip will take place in the Bethel, Maine area on July 19 and 20.

We have selected a campground that will reserve a group site or grouped individual sites for us http://www.betheloutdooradventure.com/. This place also has a lot of outdoor activities available in case spouses or children don’t want to look at rocks all day (I know, it’s hard to imagine). Camping is $7/night per person. Please let Chris Morrell (cmorrell@rwg-a.com) know of your camping intentions (# of people and nights) by June 2nd. Prepayment is not required but reservations are.

There also are many motels, inns, and lodges in the area, but be aware that Bethel is celebrating Molly Ockett Day that weekend and there is a professional road rally occurring in the area as well, so you should make reservations soon.  An internet search for ‘Bethel Maine lodging’ will bring up a number of choices.

Saturday Dinner
Dinner will take place at the campground under a tent and will consist of gourmet BBQ and side dishes provided by a caterer who is also a licensed land surveyor (you never know…). The tentative menu consists of Ribs, Pulled Chicken, Jalapeno Poppers, Beans, Coleslaw and Cornbread. The Jalapeno Poppers are something to be experienced! There will be a few hotdogs and burgers for kids. Bring your own drinks.

GSM will subsidize the cost so adults will pay $15 and children $10. Prepayment is required by June 14th! Send a check (or cash) made out to GSM to Bruce Hunter (GSM Treasurer), 44 Old Fairgrounds Rd., Readfield, ME 04355.

More information on the field trip agenda will be provided soon. Hope to see you there!

Educational Funding Requests

The Geological Society of Maine (GSM) is pleased to grant funding to support educational
programs through the Walter Anderson Fund. GSM will award grants of up to $1,000 to help
fund projects that align with the purposes for which the society was formed. Those include:
• Furthering the public awareness and understanding of the geology of the State of Maine,
and of the modern geologic processes which affect the Maine landscape and the human
• Developing and encouraging continuing social contact and dialogue among geologists
working in Maine;
• Advancing the professional improvement of its members; and
• Informing interested persons of current and planned geologic programs in Maine.
• Supporting geoscience education and research for students in Maine at all levels (K-12,
undergraduate and graduate students)

Details are available in this Educational Funding Requests.  A link to the document is also available on the Walter Anderson Fund page.

Spring Meeting, FRIDAY April 4, Bowdoin College

Please note that we are still accepting student abstracts through March 19th for this meeting.  See the previous post, below.

Geological Society of Maine Spring Meeting 2014

Bowdoin College
Friday, April 4, 2014

11:30 – 1:00pm  Executive Committee lunch meeting through the line in Thorne Hall
1:00 – 2:30pm  Student Poster Presentations, Druckenmiller Hall Atrium
2:30 – 3:30pm   Student Oral Presentations, Druckenmiller Hall Room 016
3:30 – 4:00pm   Business Meeting, Druckenmiller Hall Room 016
4:30 – 5:30pm   Keynote Speaker, TBA, Druckenmiller Hall Room 016
5:30 – 6:00pm   Reception following the Talk – Druckenmiller Atrium

Time for student oral presentations is based on an unknown number at this point.
Map of Campus: bowdoin-campus-map-2014
Druckenmiller Hall is #31 on map; Thorne Dining Hall is #67 on map.
Parking:  There should be ample parking in the Dayton Lot (site of the old Dayton Arena on
Harpswell Rd.)  and Coffin St. Lot (off of College St.).
Student Participants:  Call for Abstracts Deadline is Wednesday, March 19, 2014
See GSM website www.gsmmaine.org for details and an abstract example

For details about the Spring Meeting see the newsletter, which has just been posted to the newsletters page.

Call for Abstracts, Spring Meeting, Friday April 4

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Call for Abstracts

for Student Presentations

Spring Meeting of the Geological Society of Maine

Friday April 4th, 2014

Bowdoin College

The Spring Meeting of the Geological Society of Maine will be held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine on Friday April 4, 2014.  Following our 34-year tradition, this meeting will involve student presentations and posters in the afternoon, followed by a keynote speaker.  All advisors of undergraduate and graduate students should encourage their students to participate and present their work orally or by poster. There are cash prizes for both best undergraduate poster and oral presentation. Please submit your abstracts as soon as possible – but not later March 19, 2014.     Abstracts will be compiled and handed out as a Program and Abstracts supplement to the newsletter at the meeting.

Submit abstracts by email to: mparker@bowdoin.edu

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

Mailing Address: Marjorie Parker, Bowdoin College, Earth & Oceanographic Science

Deadline:  no later than Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Abstract Format: [Poster or Oral presentation]

Please send as an attachment in file.doc format


LAST NAME, First Name, Department, College, Address, email address

Text of the abstract describing the work succinctly using a GSA style format.

Please limit the abstract to 300 words.

PDF of this post here:  GSM call for abstracts Bowdoin rev1.


Volcanoes and the Great Dying… February 24, 2014

GSM members and the public are invited to a talk at Bowdoin College sponsored by the Earth and Ocean Science Department.

Volcanoes and the Great Dying: the end-Permian extinction will be presented by Lindy Elkins-Tanton, director of the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism.

7 pm, Room 16 Druckenmiller Hall, Bowdoin College.  Volcanoes and the Great Dying

Note that the GSM Spring Meeting will be held at Bowdoin College on April 4.  More information will be forthcoming.

April 4, 2014, Spring Meeting at Bowdoin College, Save the Date

More details will be forthcoming.  A Call for Abstracts from student presenters will be circulated to Maine colleges and universities soon.

November 14, 2013 – Fall Meeting

The GSM Fall Meeting will be held Thursday November 14, 2013 at the
Augusta Civic Center. It is tentatively scheduled to start at 2 pm.

The focus of the fall meeting will be a digital mapping, aerial imagery and LIDAR applications for Maine geology. The program is still online casinos under development, but we hope to provide a series of presentations from local experts on the latest sources of digital data for Maine as well as software tools and applications. Stay tuned for more information on the fall meeting.

Summer Field Trip August 2-4

Here are the details for the field trip this summer:

Field Trips

Saturday, August 3rd
Morning: Morse Mountain
Bev Johnson, Bates College, will update us on recent research on the Sprague Marsh by her students.

Steve Dickson, Maine Geological Survey will show us the recent, extreme changes to the beach geomorphology.

Sunday, August 4th
Morning-Pike Industries Quarry, Wells, Maine
Arthur Hussey, Bowdoin College emeritus, will share his knowledge of great exposures of rocks common to southern Maine.

Camping/Lodging August 2 and 3 (Friday and Saturday)
We have reserved 8 sites at the Recompense Campground in Freeport. Campers will be responsible for reimbursing GSM if they camp in one of the sites we have reserved. A single site is $38.52/night (includes tax). However, 7 of the 8 sites can hold two tents (their rules are a maximum of 4 adults or one family of any size per site) so sharing a site is possible. Camp sites will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis by notifying Keith Taylor and sending a deposit of half your cost via a check made out to GSM to Keith”s work address. Indicate whether you are willing to share.

Keith Taylor, ME C.G., NH P.G.
Senior Environmental Geologist
St.Germain Collins
846 Main St., Suite 3, Westbrook, ME 04092.

If our sites fill up or you prefer to camp at another location there, here is their website: http://www.freeportcamping.com/ Rates range from $26-$46/night and many can take popup or small campers.

There are lots of nice hotels in Freeport too, but they can fill quickly too.

Cookout Saturday night
Saturday night cookout will be in the form of a lobster bake that the facility hosts every Saturday night for campers (and non-campers). It is a full bake with lobster, clams, corn, etc. and dessert. We will be subsidizing this event so it will cost GSM members, friends, and families only $10/person. They also offer a kids meal of burgers and hotdogs with a subsidized cost of $5/child.

Shuttle service for Saturday
We will be providing limited shuttle service during the day on Saturday. Parking is limited at both locations so we encourage your use of the shuttle. As with camping, shuttle use is first-come, first-serve (it holds 14).

More information will be in the June GSM newsletter and subsequent emails.

Even if you are not camping, please let Keith know if you will attend, and the number in your party—thanks!

If you will be attending (how many people).
If you will be camping (if so, send deposit).
If you will be going to the lobster bake (if so, how many people for which kind of meal).
If you will be using the shuttle (if so, how many people).