Abstracts

Abstracts from previous Colorado Scientific Society talks, organized by year. Click on any year below to view abstracts from that year.

events-abstracts

2017

January
An Arctic Perspective on 20th Century Warming
by Dr. Gifford Miller, INSTAAR and Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder

February
Landscape Evolution of Colorado
Late Neogene Tectonic and Volcanic Fragmentation and Middle Pleistocene Climate-Driven Drainage Integration of the Southern Rocky Mountains
by Cal Ruleman, Geology and Environmental Change, USGS

2016

January
Colorado’s stratigraphy: eloquent testimony to Earth’s history
by Robert G. Raynolds and James W. Hagadorn, Department of Earth Sciences, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

February
The Weird and Wonderful Geology of Pluto and its Moons
by John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder CO

March
New Hominid Discoveries from South Africa, the ‘Cradle of Humankind’: The Anthropological Significance, the Cave Geology, and How Google Earth Contributed to the Discovery.
by Charles Musiba, University of Colorado-Denver

April
Tempest at Teapot Dome, Wyoming: the Greatest Political Scandal in the History of the American Oil Industry
by Matt Silverman, Exploration Manager at Robert L. Bayless, Producer
and
The Society’s 2016 annual S.F. Emmons Lecture, The Quest for the Only Known Natural Quasi-crystal
by Dr. Lincoln Hollister, Princeton University, Professor Emeritus.

May
Older than the hills: The ca. 3920-3960 Ma Acasta Gneiss (Northwest Territories, Canada)
by Stephen Mojzsis, Professor of Geology, and Director, Collaborative for Research in Origins (CRiO), Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder

September
Student Night Participants and Presentations

October
Climate Change, Part I, A Geologist’s View, by William W. Little, Professor of Geology, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho

Climate Change, Part 2, Models, Uncertainty, Data, and Predictions – or “Why Climate Models are Like Sausages” by Thomas R. Fisher, PhD ABD, Evergreen, Colorado USA

November

Relict Dinosaurs of Madagascar: New Discoveries from Treasure Island
by Dr. Joe Sertich, Ph.D., Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, of terrestrial ecosystems during the Mesozoic) Denver Museum of Nature & Science

December

President’s Address: South Park: Recent investigations by the Colorado Geological Survey carry on a legacy of geologic mapping in a fascinating setting
by Peter Barkmann, Colorado Geological Survey

2015

January
The May 2014 West Salt Creek landslide in Mesa County, Colorado
by Jonathan L. White, Senior Engineering Geologist, Colorado Geological Survey

February
MOANA and HOBITSS Ocean Bottom Seismic Experiments: Information on Deep Structure, Anisotropy, and Slow Slip beneath New Zealand
by Dr. Anne Sheehan, Professor of Geophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder

March
A 30-minute video: the C.H. Birdseye USGS surveying expedition down the length of the Grand Canyon, Aug 1 – Oct. 19, 1923
and
Documenting changes in the landscape and glaciers of Glacier Bay National Park by recreating historical photography
both presented by: Don Becker, Video Producer & Archive Manager, U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, CO

April
The Search for Earth-like Planets
Dr. Tom Barclay, NASA Ames Research Center and the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, California

September
The development of the Rio Grande rift between 25-10 Ma based on low temperature thermochronology
by Shari Kelley, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM

October
Field Methods Past and Present
by Jim Reed, Director of Research and Development, Rockware Incorporated.

November
The variability of hydrothermal ore deposits in the North American Cordilleran orogenic belt – insights into metallogeny from ore fluid analysis
by John Ridley, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

December
Presidential address:  Heat Flow, Then and Now, Here and There
by Paul Morgan, Colorado Geological Survey

2014

January
Correcting Ice Sheet Mass Balance for Refreezing of Infiltrated Surface Melt:  The Forgotten Grand Problem
by W. Tad Pfeffer

February
Evaluating the History of Vadose-Water Flow Through Yucca Mountain, Nevada, Using Secondary Hydrogenic Minerals – A Case for Slow and Steady
by James B. Paces, Ph.D.: USGS, Geoscience and Environmental Change Science Center, Denver, CO

March
Regional Analysis of Flood Hazards Along the Colorado Front Range
by John Pitlick, Profesor of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder

April
The Mid-Wisconsin Human Colonization of North America:  A Call for Archaeological Investigations in Older Geological Deposits
by Steven R. Holen and Kathleen Holen, Center for American Paleolithic Research, Fort Collins, CO

September
In the Footsteps of the Early Bone DIggers: Locating Historic Photographic Sites in the Bridger Basin of Southwest Wyoming
by Emmet Evanoff, University of Northern Colorado

October
Student Night Participants and Presentations

Comparison of Economic Risk from Post-Wildfire Debris Flows at Three Sites in the Western United States
Kevin McCoy, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Changes in Morphology In and Around the North St. Vrain River Due to the September, 2013 Flood
Linda Glickstein, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado

A Landslide Risk Evaluation and Reduction Matrix for Lower Income Communities in Guatemala City
Ethan J. Faber, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Lava Lake Thermal Pattern Classification Using Self-Organizing Maps and Relationships to Eruption Processes at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
Amy M. Burzynski, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado

Geology of the North Amethyst Au-Ag Epithermal Deposit, Creede District, Colorado
Mario Guzman, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines,

Using Geochemical Indicators to Distinguish High Biogeochemical Activity in Sediments
Amy M. Kenwell, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

November
20 Years After: A Brief Update on the Study of Telluride Minerals and Deposits
by Bruce Geller, Director of the Colorado School of Mines Museum

December
Continental glaciation: some remarkable impacts on the geomorphic and geologic record
by Scott Lundstrom, U.S. Geological Survey, 2014 CSS President

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