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).

2013 Spring Meeting, Farmington

WEDNESDAY April 10, 2013

University of Maine Farmington, North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center

AGENDA (as of 3/29/13)

1:00 to 2:30 pm – Student posters

2:30 to 3:00 pm – Student oral presentations

3:00 to 3:45 – Business meeting

4:00 pm – Keynote speaker, Dr. Charles Langmuir (Harvard University), Humankind at the helm: Civilization in a planetary context

5:00 to 6:00 pm – Social hour

Campus map showing parking and meeting locations is here: Campus Map.

Parking: GSM parking will be available in a lot on the west side of Main St. next to the Congregational church (red brick church). Please look for signs.

Meeting Location: Student poster and oral presentations will be in the North Dining Hall of the Olsen Student Center. After entering from South St., turn right and follow the hallway to the right toward the entrance to NDH.

Keynote presentation location: Lincoln Auditorium, a five minute walk from NDH. We will break with plenty of time to transit from one location to the next.


Please submit your abstract by email to: dalyj@maine.edu or

Professor Julia Daly, Geology Dept., U Maine at Farmington

Please be sure to designate GSM poster or GSM talk.

Please send as an attachment in file.doc format as follows:


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

Maine Metallic Minerals Conference Follow-Up

Speakers at the Maine Metallic Minerals conference have generously made PDF files of their Power Point presentations available for posting on our website. They are available on our

Meetings, Programs & Abstracts Page. Scroll down to the November 9, 2012 meeting.

GSM Fall Meeting and Maine Metallic Minerals Conference, November 9, 2012

The Geological Society Fall Meeting and the Maine Metallic Minerals Conference will be held on Friday November 9th at the Black Bear Inn in Orono. The Metallic Minerals Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Society”s fall busines

s meeting will follow the conference presentations, followed by a cash bar reception. Lunch and an after meeting dinner will be available with prior registration. Details and registration information are below.

GSM Fall Meeting 2012 and Minerals Conference Announcement

Registration Form

Maine Metallic Minerals Conference Program

Abstracts and Biographical Sketches

Geological Society of Maine
Maine Metallic Minerals Conference

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Orono, Maine

DATES: November 9, 2012

Co-sponsored by the
University of MaineSchool of Earth and ClimateSciences
Maine Geological Survey
at the Black Bear Inn,

8am to 5pm

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Program Schedule:
The Geological Society of Maine, in cooperation with the University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the Maine Geological Survey, will host the Maine Metallic Minerals Conference on November 9, 2012, at the Black Bear Inn in Orono, Maine. This day-long conference will include presentations on the geology and mineral potential of Maine, the history of non-ferrous metal exploration and mining in the state, land ownership and access to the land base, surface and mineral owner perspectives, and current mining and reclamation techniques. The Geological Society of Maine will conduct its fall business meeting after the conference presentations, followed by a cash bar reception. Lunch and an after meeting dinner http://www.phpaide.com/?langue=fr&id=16 will be available with prior registration.

Program registration:

  • The program is free to current members of the Geological
    Society of Maine who are current in dues standing for the year 2012.
  • The program is also free for students with a school id.
  • Non Geological Society of Maine members registration is $25
  • Registration Forms
    are available for downloading. Print one out, fill it in, and send it off with your payment to
    the address on the form , or fax to 207-581-2202 and make your payment by Visa or Master Card.
  • To register online and pay with Visa or MasterCard, click here:
    Visa or Master Card Payment


  • Paid meal registration must be received by October 31,
    2012. Meal tickets will not be available
    at the door. Other food options are
    available nearby the conference center for late registrants.
  • The first 30 students to register by October 29 will receive
    a free ticket to the onsite lunch.
  • Lunch: sandwich buffet, cookies, coffee, tea, sodas. ($20)
  • Dinner: Grilled NY Strip Steak, Grilled Salmon, or Eggplant
    Parmesan with potato, salad, dessert, coffee or tea. ($35)

If you would like to join our group of sponsors, please contact Dr. Alice Kelley at:
akelley@maine.edu or 207-581-2056

Accommodations are available at the Black Bear Inn and in the Orono and Bangor areas


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Summer Field Trip August 3-5, Mt. Blue State Park

The annual GSM summer field trip will be held at Mt. Blue State Park on the weekend of August 3rd – 5th, and the trips will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday we will hike Bald Mountain (Washington Plantation) led by Doug Reusch to exa

mine the outstanding bedrock exposures along the ascent. Recent detailed mapping projects in this area reveal the presence of multiple faults that offer clues to the origin and deformation of the Seboomook Formation at this location. The Sunday trip will be to examine a few gravel operations along the Sandy River between Phillips and Strong, which is within the upper most extent of the late-glacial marine transgression of this mittyevents.com region.

Mt. Blue is one of the busy parks with many visitors during summer, and because of that we will not be camping at an official group campsite, but rather at the park headquarters where there are some open fields; there is potable water available there, and outhouses, but no showers. For those who would prefer to camp at Webb Lake (where there are bathroom facilities and showers), reservations must be done at least two days ahead of your arrival. Please call in your individual campsite reservations early to the park; call 1-800-332-1501 in Maine; if outside Maine call (207) 624-9950, or reserve on-line now at www.campwithme.com for the weekend. If you are travelling a long distance, be aware that you must arrive at the campground before 10:00 PM to enter.

We will have a group bar-b-que at the Kawanhee Inn (http://www.maineinn.net/) on Saturday night, August 4 at 5 pm. Dinner will include pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs,with green and pasta salads, at a cost of $10/person. A cash bar will be available at the Inn. Meal reservations must be made with Tom Weddle (Thomas.K.Weddle@maine.gov) no later than 7/21.

We hope to see you at Mt. Blue State Park in August!