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GSM Summer Field Trip

2017 Geological Society of Maine Summer Field Trip
Southern Maine
August 5 and 6

Please Register!!

Registration Form


GSM members and friends,

As described in the June Newsletter, the 2017 GSM Summer Field Trip will be held the weekend of August 5 and 6 in southern Maine.  Registration is open from now until Friday, July 14.  Please look at the attached registration form, choose your options, and mail it with whatever payment is needed to Steve Kelley at the address on the form (and as shown below).  Yes, you’ll need to find a postage stamp.

Because of this year’s location in the heart of summer tourist country, we are asking everyone who is going on the trip to register.  Please don’t just show up!  Logistics are tight but manageable if we know how many people are coming.  If you can bring a van or minivan to help carpool, it would alleviate traffic and parking pressures and make the trip more enjoyable.

One preposterous feature of this year’s trip is the early starting time Saturday morning.  There’s simply no way around it.  We must begin at 7:15 am in order to get in and out of Ogunquit before the beach crowd swells to gridlock proportions.  The Marginal Way geology is well worth the effort.  If this absurd time is too early for you, you can join the trip at 1:00 pm when we circle back to the starting point.  However the day goes, I hope everyone will join us for the cookout Saturday evening, the annual centerpiece of the summer field trip.

I also recommend getting the T-shirt designed especially for the field trip, as well as Arthur Hussey’s marvelous book which is available to us at a discounted price.

I am so excited to be visiting these classic localities.  This has all the earmarks of another memorable GSM field trip.  I hope to see you there.

Henry Berry



Rob Peale Retirement

Rob Peale, GSM member and previous Treasurer is retiring from DEP.  There will be a retirement celebration at Margarita’s restaurant in Augusta.  I have copied Troy Smith’s email below with the details.

I would like to invite you to join me in celebrating Rob Peale’s retirement from DEP.  Rob will be retiring at the end of May after 29+ years of service.  We will be having a celebration in his honor at Margarita’s Restaurant in Augusta on Tuesday, May 23 starting at 4:00.  This will be an informal gathering, socializing, and celebrating together.   If any of you have a story to tell or a special memory, let me know so we can be sure to hear it!  This should be a fun time to celebrate Rob’s career as he sets off for new travel adventures with his wife Debbie.

Please respond to me via email or phone if you are planning to attend so I can let the restaurant know how many to expect and how many appetizers to prepare.  Please respond by May 17 (2 weeks).You will be able to order drinks and food from the menu if you wish to pay for your own meal and refreshments.

I will have cards circulating within the Bureau of Remediation in the coming days and I will have one for people to sign at the party.  For those who cannot make it on the 23rd, I will have a card posted at Maryann Griffin’s cubicle to sign (next to the equipment sign out).  I am collecting money for a gift for him and to help with the cost of the appetizers.  Rob has made it clear that he does not want anyone to be obligated to pay to come to his party.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Please come and celebrate with us!

Thank you,

Troy Smith

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