Welcome to the Colorado Scientific Society

The oldest scientific society in the Rocky Mountain region

Founded in 1882, the Colorado Scientific Society promotes knowledge, the understanding of science, and its application to human needs. We focus primarily on earth science, welcoming members with interests in all fields of science. Learn more.


Future Colorado Scientific Society Meetings and Field Trips

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Colorado Scientific Society Short Talks and Poster Session Evening

5:30 – 9:00 PM

Please come and join us for a selection of short talks and poster papers from past and upcoming geologic meetings, on a wide variety of topics.

Complimentary refreshments, some are thanks to Golden City Brewery.

5:30 p.m. Social time and Poster viewing beginning at 5:30 (authors present)
7:00 p.m. Oral Presentations (four 15-minute talks)
All are welcome

Colorado Scientific Society Meeting, Thursday, Sept-20-2018 (PDF)
and Abstracts in CSS Mtg. Sept-20-2018 Abstracts of Posters and Oral Presentations (PDF)

This meeting will be at the Arbor House, Maple Grove Park, 14600 W. 32nd Ave., Golden (in the Applewood area).
Arbor House on map

Oral presentations:

The effects of geological structure and clay on landslides in the Teklanika Formation in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska,
Michael Frothingham, PhD student, CU Boulder

Insight into incipient motion of blocks on a river bed from Computation Fluid Dynamics modeling,
Aaron Hurst, PhD student, CU Boulder

Seasonality of a Sub-Alpine Lake: Understanding evolving physical and biogeochemical controls on aquatic ecosystem structure under ice cover. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado USA,
Garrett Rue, PhD Candidate, CU Boulder

The role of flashing in the formation of high-grade, low-sulfidation epithermal deposits: a case study from the Omu Camp in Hokkaido, Japan,
Lauren Zeeck, MS Candidate, Colorado School of Mines

Poster presentations:

Evidence of rapid incision within tributary box canyons during historical times, South Platte River corridor, northeastern Colorado,
Margaret E. Berry, U.S. Geological Survey

The importance of mineralogy for deciphering the evolution of alkali-basaltic magmas: a case study of Dotsero volcanics (Eagle County, central Colorado),
Anton Chakhmouradian, Geological Sciences, University of Manitoba, and Peter Modreski, USGS

Evolution of an interbasin mountain-block extensional accommodation zone within the central Colorado Rio Grande rift, USA,
Scott A. Minor, Jonathan Saul Caine, Chris J. Fridrich, Mark R. Hudson, and Cal Ruleman, U.S. Geological Survey

Geology of the upper Arkansas River valley, Colorado – a field mapper’s perspective, Colorado Scientific Society, Field Trip, Sept 15-16, 2018
Trip leaders: Karl Kellogg (USGS emeritus), Cal Ruleman (USGS), and Scott Minor (USGS)

U-Th Geochronology using hydrogenic and biogenic materials,
James B. Paces, USGS, Elizabeth M. Niespolo, Dept. Earth & Planetary Science, Univ. of California, Berkeley, and Warren D. Sharp, Berkeley Geochronology Center, Berkeley, CA

Mineralogy and petrogenesis of the California Blue mine aquamarine- and topaz-bearing pegmatite deposit, San Bernardino County, California,
Carolyn Pauly, MS student, CSM

Pleistocene lakes and paleohydrologic environments of the Tecopa Basin: Constraints on the drainage integration of the Amargosa River,
Marith Reheis, John Caskey, Jordon Bright, and Jim Paces, U.S. Geological Survey

Understanding geomorphic response to floods: the role of scale and gradients,
Joel Sholtes, US Bureau of Reclamation

Indigenizing water resources on the Navajo Nation: A water policy analysis and critique,
Andrew Swanson, Undergraduate student, CU Boulder

The basement tapes: Mapping the Precambrian beneath the Colorado Plateau,
D.S. Sweetkind, U.S. Geological Survey

A paleoseismic investigation of the Northern Teton fault at the Steamboat Mountain trench site, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Mark S. Zellman, BGC Engineering, Inc., and Christopher B. DuRoss, Glenn D. Thackray, Richard W. Briggs, Nicole Cholewinski, Tyler Reyes, Nick Patton, and Shannon A. Mahan, USGS

PDFs for posting:
Colorado Scientific Society Meeting, Thursday, Sept-20-2018 (PDF)
and Abstracts in CSS Mtg. Sept-20-2018 Abstracts of Posters and Oral Presentations (PDF)


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Structural Geology of Colorado

Ned Sterne

Log Cross sections in Colorado

Steve Cumella

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 4-6 PM

CSS Family Night
at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Department of Energy – Thoughts on Geothermal Energy

Jeff Winick

plus another talk that is not confirmed yet

Thursday, December 13(?), 2018

Colorado Scientific Society President’s Talk:
Cities at Risk

Bob Raynolds, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Probably at the DMNS Planetarium

March for Science 2018

The Colorado Scientific Society took part in the March for Science in downtown Denver again this year on April 14, 2018. We also had a table at the Denver Civic Center.
This is their website:  https://www.marchforscience.com/

Read the May 2018 CSS Newsletter

Renew your membership with the
CSS 2018 Membership Form

Abstracts of Past Colo. Scientific Society Meetings

The Colorado Scientific Society was founded in 1882 as a forum for the exchange of observations and ideas on the topics of earth science. Our lecture series occurs on the third Thursday of each month, from September through May. Lecture topics largely focus on earth science, and are open to the public. In addition to our monthly lecture series, the society is also active in public service. We fund student research grants, construct and post signs that describe local geologic features, and organize and lead several field trips.

The Colorado Scientific Society usually meets on the third Thursday of the month from September through May at The Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO
Social time is at 6:30; meeting & program at 7:00
(In the summer months of June-August, too many are off in the field.)
Map for Shepherd of the Hills

Corporate Sponsorship of the Colorado Scientific Society

Corporate sponsorship helps the Society continue to provide earth science-related talks, field trips, and other events to a broad cross-section of Front Range geologists and interested people. Please accept an invitation from the Colorado Scientific Society to become a corporate sponsor, enabling us to continue and expand our programs.
Details of corporate sponsorship of the Colorado Scientific Society

The Colorado Scientific Society is an Associated Society of the Geological Society of America

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