Upcoming Meetings

All are welcome – no admission charge


CSS Meeting, March 21, 2019
A Cook’s Tour of Colorado’s Glacial Landscape

Dr. Vince Matthews, Leadville Geology

The Maroon Bells

This is probably not the first time you have seen a similar image of these majestic peaks. Hordes of people ride the bus each summer to gaze upon the iconic Maroon Bells. But, how many of them realize that one reason they are so spectacular is because the bells are framed by a U-shaped glacial valley with faceted spurs and hanging valleys along its sides? And— how many of those realize that the valley was once filled with nearly 2,000 feet of ice? And— how many notice the rock glacier pouring out of the hanging valley below North Maroon Peak? And— how many of those realize that the rock glacier is flowing at 2.2 feet per year?

Throughout most of Earth history, glaciers did not exist on Earth. We are fortunate because we live in a time when glaciers reside on nearly every continent, even though we are in a warmer interglacial stade. Why is this a big deal?

Main Gore Range glaciers, from the Interactive Geology Project at the University of Colorado – http://igp.colorado.edu/
Note: Small glaciers in alpine cirques are not shown. The mountains would have been mainly snow covered, with the tops and ridges peaking out.

Without glaciers to observe elsewhere on Earth, we might not be able to figure out what caused some of our most interesting landforms in Colorado. Suppose alpine glaciers did not exist on Earth today. Would we then be smart enough to propose that some valleys in Colorado had once been filled with ice thicker than the One World Trade Center is tall (1,776′)?

Dr. Vince Matthews

Dr. Vincent Matthews III has had a long and varied career in geology, in industry and academia. He was the Colorado State Geologist and Director of the Colorado Geological Survey from 2004-2012. Vince was the author of Messages in Stone, Colorado’s Colorful Geology (two editions, 2003 and 2009). Though he now resides in Wisconsin, Vince is on the Board of Directors of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville, CO; he writes a periodic blog via Facebook on “Leadville Geology”, and he is working on a forthcoming book, Land of Ice: A Guide to Colorado’s Glacial Landscape.

Sawatch Range ice cover, Dr. Vince Matthews

Meet as usual 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
All are welcome, no admission charge.
Map for Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church


CSS Past Presidents’ Dinner and Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Kilauea’s 2018 Eruption – New methods and perspectives for monitoring volcanic eruptions

Our annual dinner to honor our past presidents is open to all, with a talk that both members and their spouses will enjoy. It will be at the Mount Vernon Canyon Club again. Those who do not want to come to the dinner can came later for the talk.

Eruption at Kilauea
USGS Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Response Supporting the Kilauea Volcano Activity

In May 2018, the USGS deployed equipment and trained personnel to provide UAS remote sensing data acquisition over the impacted area of the Mount Kilauea eruption in Hawaii. The UAS response team flew over 1,300 flights totaling more than 300 hours of aerial geospatial and gas emission data collection utilizing nearly 40 different UAS operators from across the nation for a period of four months A USGS volcanologist guided mission planning in coordination with the UAS operations team lead to ensure tight integration of the team’s efforts and the needs of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), the National Park Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local emergency managers. The initial missions included providing visible and thermal imagery to monitor lava flows moving through residential areas and threatening critical infrastructure and to construct up-to-date digital elevation models of areas where lava flows had dramatically changed the topography. Measuring concentrations of hazardous gases were also a critical concern to emergency managers so the UAS payload was modified to collect gas data utilizing three different sensors. The Team was routinely asked to provide 24×7 surveillance including separate UAS operations (requiring three shifts) to cover FEMA and HVO data requests to provide situational awareness missions for emergency managers to assess spillovers and new lava channel breakouts.

Drone over Kilauea
Monitoring Kilauea

Presenters: Don Becker, USGS and Jeff Sloan, USGS

Don Becker, USGS, is a videographer who was sent to Kilauea to film and document the 2018 eruption and earthquakes;
Jeff Sloan works in the USGS UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems; i.e., drones) program and will show how they were used at Kilauea.
Expect to see a lot of great video of the eruption.

Lava fountains
Menu

Entrees:
Roasted Vegetable Risotto (Gluten Free)
– Fennel, carrots, parsnips, cremini mushrooms
Teriyaki Chicken
– With pineapple pepper relish and coconut rice
Steak Medallions – With soy cream and ginger purple potatoes

Desserts:
Flourless Chocolate Torte
Crème Brulée with Fresh Berries

Cash Bar

Download the dinner menu options with an RSVP form:
2019 CSS Past Presidents’ Dinner Menu and RSVP form

The Mount Vernon Canyon Club (formerly Mount Vernon Country Club) is on Lookout Mountain, southwest of Golden:
Mount Vernon Canyon Club
24933 Clubhouse Circle
Golden, CO 80401

Map for Mount Vernon Canyon Club

Members receive a lower price on dinner. Use our Colorado Scientific Society Membership Form to join.


CSS Meeting, Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Colorado Scientific Society Emmons Lecture

Dr. Mark Barton, Univ. of Arizona, Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.

This lecture will take place in conjunction with a two and a half day USGS-CSM-CGS joint Mineral Resources Forum.
Mark’s presentation title and the exact location (on the CSM campus) are still TBA. More info will be forthcoming.


CSS September Meeting
Short Presentations by Students and Posters
Thursday, September 19, 2019


Additional planned CSS Meeting dates for Fall 2019:
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Details to come.


Meetings are normally on the third Thursday of the month.

All are welcome – no admission charge
Social Hour starts at 6:30, meeting at 7:00

at the Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church
11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO
Map


See Abstracts (under Events) for previous Colorado Scientific Society Talks