56th Annual Meeting Savannah 2007

The Department of Geology and Geography and the Applied Coastal Research Laboratory at Georgia Southern University and GSA's Southeastern Section proudly invite you to participate in this meeting, to be held in Savannah, Georgia, on 29-30 March 2007. GSA is one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific societies in the world, and there is no better place than a GSA Section Meeting to showcase your science results, products, and services to the geoscience market. This meeting is growing in service and value to geoscientists, and we encourage you to join the many other leading academic institutions, businesses, and organizations choosing to be a part of it!

The Savannah metropolitan area has a population of approximately 132, 000. Georgia's First City and largest port, Savannah has some of the state's oldest houses, largest oak trees, and best restaurants. Sharing an eighteenth-century elegance with Charleston, Savannah found national fame through John Berendt's book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Savannah is located on Georgia's Coastal Plain, where Cenozoic carbonates, claystones, and sands provide a surprisingly rich environment for research. The lower Coastal Plain consists of a series of Quaternary shoreline complexes that parallel the modern coast and grow younger nearer the coast. The most economically significant mineral resource of the Inner Coastal Plain is kaolinite, a mineral used in a variety of industries, from pharmaceuticals to paper. Heavy mineral sands constitute the major economic deposits of the Outer Coastal Plain.

Groundwater is another major geologic resource in the Coastal Plain; the Floridan aquifer provides abundant groundwater for domestic consumption, for industry, and for agricultural irrigation. The Georgia coast and barrier islands are under intense pressure for development; while the Georgia coast has escaped a direct hurricane strike for 77 years, the potential property loss has grown enormously. Thus, the area provides ample opportunities for relevant geologic and environmental research.

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