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GSM Newsletter February 2020

The February 2020 newsletter is available here (PDF).

CANCELLED: GSM Spring 2020 Meeting

The Geological Society of Maine Spring 2020 Meeting scheduled for Friday April 3rd, 2020 at the University of Maine, Farmington has been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), in accordance with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. We hope that our members remain healthy in the coming weeks. For more information about this outbreak and how to keep yourself and your community safe, please check the CDC website at

This meeting will be rescheduled for later this year once conditions have returned to normal. Thank you to the students who have submitted abstracts!

See the original schedule and details about submitting an abstract in the Spring Meeting flyer here (PDF).

This is an opportunity for students to present current geologic research in a formal yet collegial atmosphere. Students from Maine schools, or students enrolled elsewhere and working in Maine, are invited to present their work in oral or poster format. Members of the Society are eager to learn what students are doing.

2020 Summer Field Trip Registration

Summer 2020 Field Trip:
July 31 – August 2, 2020
Sky Lodge, near Jackman, Maine
Registration form for the field trip (click here)

Important Deadlines:
Deadline to reserve lodging at Sky Lodge: February 1, 2020
Deadline to register for the field trip: July 13, 2020.

Come join us in northern Maine (after the black flies) for a weekend filled with bedrock and surficial geology including exposures of the Frontenac, Ironbound Mountain, and Northeast Carry Formations in the vicinity of Seboomook Lake, gravel pits, and lake sediments. Our northern outpost will be Unity College’s Sky Lodge (link). Current dues paying members of GSM will receive a $50 subsidy (essentially your dinners are covered!). Because Sky Lodge is holding a block of rooms for our group, it is critical that you make your reservation BEFORE FEBRUARY 1, 2020 if you are staying at Sky Lodge. If you plan on staying elsewhere, please make your own reservations in a timely manner. Regardless of lodging option, if you intend on participating in meals provided by Sky Lodge, please indicate so at the time of room registration or field trip registration.

More information about the field trip and nearby lodging can be found on the field trip flyer here (link).

GSM Fall 2019 Meeting

Climate Change and Adaptation Planning in Maine

November 8, 2019
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

Registration: 12:40 pm
GSM Business Meeting: 1:00 pm
Presentations: 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Social Hour: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

GSM Newsletter October 2019

The October 2019 newsletter is available here.

GSM Newsletter June 2019

The June 2019 GSM Newsletter is available here.

2019 Summer Field Trip Registration

The summer field trip (July 27-28, 2019) will give you a chance to learn about Western Maine Pegmatites (3 quarries will be visited)  and the surficial geology of the Ellis River Valley.  Myles Felch of the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum has put together a very interesting 2 day trip.  You will have the opportunity to collect minerals in the quarries. You must register for the field trip as space is limited (see registration information below).

On the second day, K-12 educators will be given mineral identification basics by the field trip leaders and an opportunity to put together their own mineral collection.  We strongly encourage the K-12 teachers to come and they only have to pay a $10 registration even if they are non-members.  If you know of non-member K-12 educators, please let them know of this rare opportunity.  

A detailed description of the trip and information about how to register can be found here.

Coming up: GSM Spring Meeting

The deadline to submit an abstract has been extended to April 3rd – still time to submit! Presque Isle still has lots and lots and lots of snow. Head up early to spend couple of hours cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the world-class Nordic Heritage Center or Aroostook State Park or alpine-skiing at Bigrock Mountain.

See the flyer for the preliminary schedule.

GSM Website Upgrade

Dear GSM folks,

Just a reminder that we are in the midst of a website upgrade. Some links (for example, the post title links) will not work during this migration. However, links within the posts as seen on the home page should work (for example, the link to the recent newsletter). We do hope to have the new site up and running by the middle of March 2019.

Sincerely, Communications Committee Chair

GSM Spring Meeting

Campus Center, University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI)
Friday, April 5, 2019, 1:00 pm
Hosted by the Environmental Science – Natural Resource Program at UMPI

This is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present current geologic, geo-environmental research in a formal atmosphere. Students from Maine schools, or students enrolled elsewhere and working in Maine are invited to present their work in oral or poster format. Interested students must submit an abstract by March 24, 2019 (midnight).

To Submit an Abstract:
• Follow the URL:
• Complete each required section in the form. Ensure accuracy and proof-read all content as no changes will be permitted after the deadline (March 24, 2019, midnight).

Posters can be formatted in either portrait or landscape view and can be at any size (but no wider or longer than 48 inches). Oral presentations should not exceed 15 minutes. Please save your PowerPoint presentation in a flash drive.

Preliminary Schedule:
1:00 Opening Remarks
1:15 GSM Business Meeting (open to all members)
1:30 Student Poster Presentations
3:00 Keynote Speech: Dr. Aaron Putnam (UMaine School of Earth and Climate Sciences)
3:45 Student Oral Presentations
5:00 Student Presentation Awards Ceremony (best poster and oral presentations)

Other Information:
• Direction to UMPI Campus Center: Make the first left turn from Rte-1 to UMPI campus (if coming from south) and park on the second parking lot on the left side. Walk across the street to the Campus Center. The meeting place is in the multi-purpose room, on the second floor of the Campus Center.
• UMPI dining hall is open for lunch and dinner. It is also located on the second floor of the Campus Center.

For questions, please contact Dr. Chunzeng Wang (