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.


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

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 ( and/or Doug Reusch, trip leader (   This field trip is pretty much a repeat of the GSM-sponsored trip of summer 1999 (see page 2 of July 1999 newsletter:



Spring Meeting Info – Friday April 10, 2015

Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Friday, April 10, 2015
Lovejoy Building  Map


1:00 pm Student Presentations

 Poster Presentations, Lovejoy 102 and 103

Student Oral Presentations, Lovejoy 100

 ~ 4:00 pm Keynote Speaker, Lovejoy 100

Geneviève Robert. Department of Geology, Bates College

Viscosity of Volatile-bearing Silicate Melts”

 ~ 5:00 pm Business Meeting & Social Hour

Spring Meeting April 10, call for abstracts

Announcing the Spring Meeting

 1:00 pm Friday, April 10th, 2015

Colby College, Waterville, Maine


Student Presentations  

Walter Andersen Award

GSM Business Meeting

Call for Abstracts for Student Presentations

Submit abstracts by email to:

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

Abstract Deadline: must be received by April 3, 2015


2015 Summer Field Trip, Reservations Required! July 25-26

The 2015 GSM field trip will be held July 25-26 at Isle au Haut, a town of about 40 year-round people, with a summer population of about 200.  The field trip will be held in the middle of the high season on Isle au Haut and will require advanced planning for lodging and transportation.  The trip 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. Marshall wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the bedrock geology of Isle au Haut and Marshall also is a summer resident of the island and owns the only Bed & Breakfast on the island: The Keeper’s House Inn.

Please read this pdf document so you know what the options are for accommodations and can take action soon:

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  Hope to see you at the GSM meeting this week.

Fall Meeting, November 6, 1-5 pm, Augusta Civic Center


Time: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1-5PM
Place: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

1: 00-1:25 “Arsenic in Maine’s groundwater and attitudes toward testing and remediation.” Robert Marvinney, PhD, Maine Geological Survey
1:25-1:50 “Simulation of groundwater withdrawals and streamflow depletion in Branch Brook and the Merriland River in southern Maine” Martha G. Nielsen, USGS
1:50-2:15 “Using temperature to evaluate the influence of groundwater extraction on groundwater and surface water interaction in Maine” Jarrod Cicha, MS Candidate, University of Maine Orono

2:15-3:35 Break

3:35-4:00 “Mixing it up: controls on lake stability during changing seasons” Dr. Julia Daly, PhD, University of Maine Farmington
4:00-4:25 “Bathymetry in Water Use Planning.” James Hillier, C.G., GZA Geoenvironmental

4:30-4:50 GSM Business meeting

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, or Alison Jones at

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 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 ( 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!