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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

GSM 2016 Summer Field Trip

July 16 and 17

The field trip will start at 8:30am both days from the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on Depot Street in Unity.

Reservations for lodging need to be made by July 1.  See details below


The 2016 GSM Summer Field Trip will be on bedrock and glacial geology in the greater Belfast-Brooks area, south-central Maine and will be led by Woody Thompson, Dave West, Roger Hooke, and Steve Pollock. It will be held on the weekend of July 16 and 17.

This field trip will highlight prominent bedrock and surficial features in the general area between Belfast and Brooks, Maine.  Many of the individual stops visited will allow for observations of features related to both the bedrock geologic history (hundreds of millions of years old), and the much more recent glacial history (tens of thousands of years old).

The bedrock portion of the trip will provide opportunities to observe representative units within the four major tectonic terranes that are juxtaposed in this region (St. Croix, Fredericton, Passagassawakeag, and Casco Bay belts).  Additionally, aspects of the deformation, metamorphic, and plutonic history of these rocks will be examined.  Finally, a spectacular traverse across the high strain portion of the regionally extensive Norumbega fault system will reveal a wide variety of fault rocks (e.g., mylonite, cataclasite, pseudotachylyte), and demonstrate a complex history of superimposed fault activity.

The glacial portion of the trip will include localities showing impressive glacial grooves revealing ice flow directions, erratic boulders eroded from till, a new glaciomarine delta exposure, and an esker pit.  Additionally there will be stops that “ground-truth” the new stunning Lidar imagery in the area that has provided evidence of widespread removal of upland till by subglacial meltwater streams which, near the glacier margin, are associated with esker nets.


Rooms are available at Unity College, 90 Quaker Hill Rd, Unity, Maine, Friday and Saturday nights.  We will be having a social with cash bar at the College Saturday after returning from the field, followed by a sit down dinner.  For those wishing to stay at Unity College, rooms will be $25 per night per person and will include breakfast.  I expect most will only be staying Saturday night, but if you wish to stay Friday night also that is an option.

1 night including breakfast buffet = $25.00

2 nights including breakfast buffet = $50.00

We will be having a sit down dinner prepared by the Unity College Catering Service on Saturday night.  It will include an entrée with salads and vegetables on the side.  The choice in entrees will be chicken, beef or vegetarian.  The dinner will cost $10.  We will have more information on this later. Both the social and dinner will be in the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on Depot Street in Unity.

There is no cost for the field trip and it is not required that you stay at Unity College.  You can join the trip at the college on Saturday or Sunday mornings or both.  Field Trip details will be provided later.

For now I need to know how many people will be staying at Unity College and for which nights.  I also need to know who will be coming to the dinner and what entrée you want.  Please send me an email by Friday, July 1 and follow that with a check for room and food.  We must inform the Unity College Catering Service two weeks before the event, hence the July 1 deadline.

Bruce Hunter

Email –

44 Old Fairgrounds Rd.

Readfield, ME  04355

E2TECH Event, May 19: She Blinded Me With Science! The Role of Science in Public Policy

She Blinded Me With Science! The Role of Science in Public Policy

she blinded me


7:15 AM – 10:00 AM  Thursday, May 19, 2016

Location:  Congregation Bet Ha’am,

81 Westbrook Street, South Portland



Registration –

  • Member – $15.00 (USD)
  • Non- Member – $30.00 (USD)
  • Student Member – Free
  • SunriseGuide Coupon Holder –Free, Must present SunriseGuide coupon at registration table


She Blinded Me With Science!  The Role of Science in Public Policy

We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge- from climate change to vaccinations- faces furious opposition. Some even have doubts about the moon landing.
Joel Achenbach, Washington Post Science writer

Science and technology are foundations of good environmental, public health, and other public policy initiatives, but they can also be twisted to achieve predetermined results. Politics increasingly plays a role in “selecting” scientific data to fit an ideology and confirm what is already believed. History is awash with flat-earth advocates and Washington, DC and Augusta both have their fair share of scientific skeptics. True science is subjected to rigorous experimentation, peer review, and reproduction of results. While absolute certainty is virtually impossible, scientific consensus should always be subject to being overturned by more advanced research, testing, and discovery.

A contemporary example of the diminishing role of science in public policy can be found in the ongoing climate change debate. While some believe that the threat of global warming is a hoax perpetuated to attack the free market and industrial society and keep fossil fuels in the ground, most scientists believe that human activity is the dominant cause. The “debate” over science extends to mining, forestry, water use, medicine, and many other policy spheres.

When taxpayer dollars are at stake, should the scientific research process be under more intense scrutiny in setting public policy? Should politics be allowed to stifle, or at least shape, scientific consensus? Is the role of science in public policy paramount in decision-making? And, what about the precautionary principal – should the lack of reliable scientific knowledge hold back developments in environmental, public health, food, and other potential advances?

Speakers Include:

  • Senator Thomas Saviello, Chair, Environmental & Natural Resources Committee – Maine State Senate
  • Michael Halpern, Program Manager, Center for Science and Democracy – Union of Concerned Scientists
  • James Houle, Program Director – University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center
  • Taryn Hallweaver, Climate Project Director – Maine People’s Alliance

Thank You to Our Sponsors!





Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians

“Plate Tectonics of the Appalachians: A Traveling Geology Course, Maine to Quebec” will be offered through the Eagle Hill Institute this summer, 6/19-25/16. 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 an updated version of the GSM-sponsored trip of summer 1999 (see page 2 of July 1999 newsletter:

2016 Appalachian Tectonics


Geological Society of Maine

Spring Meeting April 1, 2016

Location: Bryand Global Science Center
University of Maine
Orono, Maine

Agenda – 2016 Spring -meeting-program

1:00pm Registration

1:00-2:30pm Poster Presentation, 2nd Floor Bryand Global Science Center and School of Earth and Climate Sciences Open House

2:30-4:00 Student Oral Presentations, 100 Nutting Hall

4:00 pm Keynote Speaker, 100 Nutting Hall

When Carbon Escaped from the Sea: The End of the Last Ice Age Recorded by Marine Microfossils
Katherine Allen: School of Earth and Climate Sciences, University of Maine

4:55 pm           Award Presentations

5:00 pm Business Meeting, 100 Nutting Hall

~5:15 Social Hour, 2nd Floor Bryand Global Science Center

Call for Abstracts for Student Presentations

Submit abstracts by email to: Martin Yates,

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

Abstract Deadline: must be received by Friday, March 25, 2016