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GSM Newsletter 2018 no.1

GSM Newsletter 2018 no.1

GSM Spring 2018 Meeting

The Geological Society of Maine
2018 Spring Meeting

Student Research Presentations
Friday, April 6, 2018, 1:00pm
Hosted by the Earth and Environmental Science Program at Unity College
Unity College Center for the Performing Arts
Unity, ME

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. Interested students must submit an abstract by March
21, 2018 (midnight).

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Request for Proposals for a lead Hydrographer for the Maine Coastal Program’s Mapping Initiative

Request for Proposals for a lead Hydrographer for the Maine Coastal Program’s Mapping Initiative

Hydrographer Services for the Maine Coastal Mapping Initiative

The State of Maine is seeking proposals for services as the lead hydrographer for the Maine Coastal Program’s Mapping Initiative.

A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained at the following website:

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, located at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street – 4th Floor, Augusta, ME 04330.  Proposals must be submitted by 4:00 pm, local time, on March 6, 2018, when they will be opened.  Proposals not received at the Division of Procurement Services’ aforementioned address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

The Maine Coastal Program’s Mapping Initiative acquires seafloor and marine habitat information including bathymetry and backscatter data, sediment information, fauna type and abundance, and water column data. The data contribute to numerous ongoing efforts including identification and characterization of potential sand and gravel resources that may be used for beach replenishment, assessment of nearshore sand movement over time to inform beach nourishment projects, investigations of cable areas and other State Submerged Lands Programs interest areas, and marine habitat modeling. This project also provides new data that are incorporated into National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) nautical charts.

GSM Fall 2017 Meeting

GSM Fall Meeting, November 17, Augusta Civic Center  <See program>


Our Fall Meeting this year will feature presentations from people who work with Maine’s mineral resources from a variety of perspectives.  There will be presentations by economic geologists, exploration geologists, aggregate producers, environmental regulators, and a researcher into public perceptions about mining in Maine.  We will hear about the new metallic mining rules that were finally adopted this month on November 2.  A distinguished panel including Maine legislators who participated in the process will be on hand for questions and discussion.


We will begin with the annual business meeting at 1:00 pm in the Washington and York Rooms on the second floor of the Civic Center.  Please join us for an enjoyable afternoon with colleagues.

2018 Geologic rafting trip through the Grand Canyon

Again as in the past 10 years, Alison Jones and Fred Beck will be leading an 8-day rafting trip of about 188 miles through the Grand Canyon.   Many GSM members have made this trip in the past, some going twice.  The trip begins at Lee’s Ferry, Arizona, and ends at Whitmore Wash followed by a short helicopter ride to an airstrip at the Bar 10 Ranch on the North Rim.  The dates are August 6-13, 2018.  From there you will be flown to Las Vegas or Lee’s Ferry.

The emphasis of these trips is of course about the geology, from Precambrian through the Permian as well as an abundance of more recent events including volcanism, breccia pipe formation, spring deposited travertine, debris flows and much more.   At least two modest hiking trips are made each day into slot canyons or other side canyons and tributaries to visit waterfalls, fossils, archaeological sites and just to get out and stretch our limbs or swim in clear warm water.  Some choose not to do some of the side trips and just relax or read near the rafts while others go adventuring.

There are usually as many non-geologists on these trips as geologists and they get as much out of the trip as the geologists; a perfect geologic classroom.  We have often had teenagers on these trips and that has added to the fun.

The outfitter we use is Hatch River Expeditions, one of the most experienced companies licensed to operate in the Grand Canyon.  There will be two 34-foot inflatable boats powered by 30 HP outboards.  No paddling or rowing on this trip.  Each raft accommodates 16 people as well as all our gear, food, etc.   All meals are prepared by the Hatch guides and Hatch also provides all tents, cots, bedding, etc.

If you are interested in more details, contact Fred Beck at or Alison Jones at  We anticipate that we will have a full complement of travelers by the end of this September so an early commitment is advised.


GSM Summer 2017 Field Trip – Participant Information

New Participant Information for the GSM Summer 2017 Field Trip.

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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.