NYSGA 81st Annual Meeting - Part 1
The long preparations for the New York State Geological Association 81st Annual Meeting came to fruition over the weekend of September 25 to 27, 2009 when over 200 geology faculty, professionals, students, teachers and enthusiastic amateurs gathered at New Paltz for a weekend of geologic field studies. The meeting started off with a Friday evening welcoming reception at the College Terrace. Six trips went out each day Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am to diverse areas north, south, east and west, including the Catskills, Hudson Highlands, Shawangunk and Taconic Mountains.
The banquet on Saturday night featured guest speaker Stephen Marshak, University of Illinois, Urbana, the Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment at the University of Illinois, who spoke on "The Impact of Appalachian Orogenies on America's Midcontinent".
Field excursions such as this play a vital role in the geological sciences, where theories must be supported by the data on the ground, and lively debates often center on the interpretation of features in outcrop. The New York State Geological Association, along with other organizations, provide essential forums for field-based scientific interaction and debate. Students are especially welcome, and learn an important component of scientific inquiry.