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Summer Field Trip 2017

August 5 and 6, 2017

This year’s trip will feature classic localities on the southern Maine coast, most of which were studied and described by Arthur Hussey and are featured in his 2015 book “A Guide to the Geology of Southwestern Maine.” The plan is to get from Ogunquit to Biddeford on Saturday, and from Saco to South Portland on Sunday. We have made arrangements with the University of New England for dormitory housing on their Biddeford campus Saturday night. Be aware that we will be traveling along the most congested portion of Route 1 during peak tourist season, so logistics may be challenging. But there is a reason that this area is so popular. The beautiful coastline with extensive bedrock exposures and active beach systems will showcase outstanding geology well worth any inconvenience! The detailed itinerary and logistical information are still in the works.


4/10 Talk – The New National Water Model

From Magnifying Glass to Microscope: The New National Water Model

David Maidment, University of Texas at Austin

Monday, April 10 at 3:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine

GeoPRISMS distinguished lecturer

Canceled: GeoPRISMS distinguished lecturer, Dr. Heather Savage at Bowdoin College

The Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin College
extends a warm welcome to Maine colleagues to join us for an afternoon lecture with Dr. Heather Savage.

Thursday April 6, 2017
4:15 – 5:30pm

Druckenmiller Hall 016
Bowdoin College.

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Geological Society of Maine Spring 2017 Meeting

April 7 Room 221/222 New Commons
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

Bates College Preliminary schedule (depending on abstracts received)

1:30 GSM business meeting

1:45 Student poster presentations

3:15 Keynote presentation, Dr. Dwight Bradley

”Geochronology and tectonics of lithium-cesium-tantalum pegmatites of the Appalachians”

4:15 Student oral presentations

5:30 Awards and Social Hour

6:30 Dinner through the line in the Commons

Students at any Maine school and students from elsewhere who are working in Maine are invited to present their work in either poster or oral format. Abstracts must be submitted to Bev Johnson ( by Friday, March 24. For details please see the 2017 Spring Meeting flyer.


GSM Communications Committee

Call for Member Participation: GSM Communications Committee

GSM is forming a communications committee to develop recommendations for policies and procedures related to more effective communication of GSM business and activities to members, other organizations, and the public at large. The recommendations will be presented to the Executive Council at the Spring Meeting (April 7, 2017). Possible issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to, more effective utilization of the GSM website, establishing an email account for the Society, developing ways to connect interested members with educators or non-profit organizations looking for a geologist to visit in the classroom or in the field, and discovering and broadcasting geology-related events throughout the state. The committee will outline to the Executive Council what and how things might be done, and will be tasked with implementation of many of these ideas in the future.
The committee is chaired by Amber Whittaker, the Facebook Page Administrator, and Marty Yates, the Website Administrator. We are looking for one or two technologically-savvy GSM members with experience in cloud-based membership management, digital content management, online networking, and/or database management to assist us in this effort.
If you are interested, please contact Amber at by March 15, 2017.

Public lecture at Bowdoin College

Public lecture at Bowdoin College on Wednesday, March 1st, 7-8pm.
Emily King ’04, CEO of Global Venture Consulting:
“Bedrock Politics: Reversing the Resource Curse in Post-Conflict Countries”

2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

The 2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference will take place on Thursday, March 30th, at the Augusta Civic Center. The session list has been posted. Of note, there will be two sessions on groundwater issues, but check out the full list at the link below:…/2017-conferen…/2017-concurrent-sessions/

2017 MSWC Flyer

Concurrent Sessions | Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions | University of Maine

GSM Fall 2016 Meeting

Geographic Information Technology and Applications


The Geological Society of Maine Fall Meeting

November 18, 2016

Augusta Civic Center, Washington – York Room


1:00–1:25         Application of a Soil Water Balance Method for Estimating                                     Groundwater Recharge in Maine

                                    – Martha Neilson, Hydrologist
                                    U.S. Geological Survey, Maine Office
                                    New England Water Science Center

1:25-1:50          Landsat Data: Search, Download, Process, and Apply

                                    – Amber Whittaker, GIS Coordinator
                                       Maine Geological Survey

1:50-2:15          Maine Geological Survey’s Use of ArcGIS Online for Web Mapping and
                                    Data Delivery

                                    – Chris Halsted, Director, Earth Resources Information
                                       Maine Geological Survey

2:15-2:35          Break – Coffee and snacks provided

2:35-3:00          An Introduction to Structure from Motion and a Trial Application for
                                    Measuring Coastal Bluff Erosion

                                    – Nicholas Whiteman, Masters Candidate
                                    School of Earth and Climate Sciences
                                    University of Maine

3:00-3:45          LiDAR Processing and Terrain Analysis in Global Mapper

                                    – David McKittrick,
                                    Senior Applications Specialist
                                    Blue Marble Geographics

3:45-4:00          Memorials for recently departed members of Maine’s geology community

4:00-5:00          Keynote Address

                                    Downeast Drainage – Examining and Communicating Pollution
                                    Problems on Maine’s Coast

                                    Dr. Sean Smith, Assistant Professor
                                    School of Earth and Climate Sciences
                                    University of Maine

5:00-5:15          Geological Society of Maine Business Meeting

5:15:6:00          Social with Refreshments

Art Hussey Celebration of Life

Art Hussey Celebration of Life
September 25, 2-4pm,
Moulton Union, Bowdoin College

Arthur M. Hussey II led a full life of family, friends, trains, Bowdoin College and, yes, geology! This life deserves remembering. Hence, we—Arthur III, Nathaniel and Mary—hope you can join us in celebration of the life so well spent. Do so by coming on Sunday September 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to the Moulton Union of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.

Get ready for a few tails of the trail of Arthur’s life. Bring your fond memories, your anecdotes, your stories, ready to tell if you desire. Light refreshments will be available.

Please share this invite with anyone who might be interested in attending, put it out on Facebook, etc. All are welcome to attend!

Questions? Call and leave a message at 207-666-5526 or email, or, or We hope to see you there.

Arthur III, Nathaniel and Mary

GSM Summer Field Trip Coming Soon

The GSM Fieldtrip to greater Belfast-Brooks area will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17.  The leaders Dave West, Woodrow Thompson, Stephen Pollock, and Roger Hooke have produced a great looking field trip guide. GSM Summer 2016 Field Trip Guide

We will meet each morning at the Unity College Center for Performing Arts, 42 Depot St, Unity, ME 04988 at 8:30am.  We will have a social at 6pm on Saturday at the Center for Performing Arts.

Those who have dinner reservations or plan to stay at Unity, send your checks to:

Bruce E. Hunter, Treasurer
Geological Society of Maine
44 Old Fairgrounds Rd.
Readfield, ME   04355