2017 Geological Association of New Jersey Annual Conference and Field Trip
The Piedmont: Old Rocks, New Understandings
Annual Conference and Field Trip
October 13th and 14th, 2017
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
The Department of Earth and Space Sciences of West Chester University is proud to host the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Geological Association of New Jersey on Friday and Saturday, October 13th and 14th. Friday will feature workshops for K-12 teachers, a student poster session, symposium, a social gathering, and a planetarium show.
There are 2 teachers’ workshops to choose from, one on helpful hints for earth science teacher educational aids and another on astronomy. If you have any rock samples you would like help identifying identified or equipment you have questions about, bring them to the meeting.
Student Poster Session
The student poster session is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate Earth Science students. We will consider posters on any relevant topic. However, if space becomes limited, preference will be given to those related to the focus of the conference – the Piedmont. Prizes of gift certificates will be given to the top 3 posters in both the undergraduate and postgraduate categories.
Abstracts received by Friday September 29, 2017 and accepted for the poster session will be included in the Proceedings Volume for the meeting. Abstracts received after this date, but before Friday, October 6, 2017 will be considered for presentation at the meeting, but will not be published.
Boards for posters will be 36” high by 48” wide. Further instructions and suggestions for student poster presentations will be provided along with confirmation of acceptance.
Please submit your abstract of 200 – 250 words using the online form https://goo.gl/forms/9eahxjO2snyKh2Z42
The symposium will feature speakers whose research covers a range of topics concerning different aspects of the geology of the eastern Piedmont of Pennsylvania. Our speakers are Howell Bosbyshell of West Chester University, Ryan Kerrigan of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Lynn Marquez of Millersville University, LeeAnn Srogi of West Chester University, and Donald Wise of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The keynote address will be presented by Gale C. Blackmer, the current Pennsylvania State Geologist.
Following the presentations, attendees are invited to gather at West Chester’s Iron Hill Brewery for food and conversation. Participants will order from the menu and pay their own bill. A section of the restaurant will be reserved for us.
The planetarium show,
Looking UP: A Tour of the
Fall Sky, presented by Karen Schwarz, Ph.D., West Chester University
will be at West Chester University’s newly renovated, state
of the art planetarium.
The field trip will take place on Saturday, October 14 and will focus on the metamorphic rocks along the Rosemont shear zone in Philadelphia and Delaware and Chester Counties of Pennsylvania. The trip will highlight rocks which have been the focus of recent research that has given rise to new understandings of the tectonic evolution of southeastern Pennsylvania. Planned stops include a classic Wissahickon Formation locality along the Wissahickon Creek; the Baltimore Gneiss of the Avondale Massif; a location near the contact between metaigneous rock the Wilmington Complex volcanic/magmatic arc and metasedimentary rock of the Wissahickon Formation; the Chester Park Gneiss, a fragment of a peri-Gondwanan terrane; and the Doe Run Schist, which is part of the newly designated West Grove Metamorphic Suite – the rock formerly known as “Glenarm Wissahickon.”
GANJ invites support of the
annual meeting through sponsorship ($250.00 to $500.00). Sponsors
receive recognition in the proceedings volume (1/2 page, $250.00;
full page, $500.00) and on the GANJ web site for a year. More
important is the opportunity to support geologic education in New
Jersey. If interested, please contact Michael Hozik at
Most guidebooks are available as
free pdf downloads from www.ganj.org. In addition, a limited number
of the second printing of GANJ XXXII (2015), Neotectonics of the New
York Recess, are available for $20.00.
Click here for the complete list of publications. To order a
specific copy, please email
Each conference attendee is responsible for their own hotel/motel accommodations. Due to the large number of facilities in the area, special arrangements/group discounts have not been established.
The Piedmont: Old Rocks, New Understandings
Friday, October 13th
Teachers’ Workshops – Merion Science Center
Every Earth Science Teacher Should Have In Their Rock Box
Astronomy Education in the K-12 Classroom
Poster Session – Sykes Student Union
11:00-5:00 Authors present 11:00-12:30
Oral Presentations – Sykes Student Union
12:00 Registration Opens
Constraints on the Tectonic Evolution of
the Central Appalachian Piedmont from Monazite
Baltimore Mafic/Ultramafic Complex
The Bell’s Mill Ultramafic Body
The 201-Ma Magma Plumbing System in the Western Newark Basin:
How (Maybe) Why It’s
of the Junction of the Northern and Southern Appalachians in
4:30-5:00 GANJ Business Meeting
Presentation – Coming Together to
Divide the Wissahickon: A Case in Teamwork and
Dinner and Conversation – Iron Hill Brewery
6:30-8:00 Members are invited to gather at the Iron Hill Brewery in West Chester for dinner and conversation. Order dinner and drinks on your own. Please RSVP when you register so we know the number attending.
Planetarium Program – Dr. Sandra F. Prichard-Mather Planetarium
8:30-9:00 Looking UP: A Tour of the Fall Sky--Karen Schwarz, Ph.D., West Chester University
Saturday, October 14th - Field Trip – Leaves from Lot M, West Chester University
8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Stop 2 – Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA – Avondale Massif gneiss
Stop 3 – Novotni Brothers Construction-Mount Road and Rt. 452, Aston, PA – Wilmington Complex
Stop 4 – Chester Park, Chester, PA – Chester Park Gneiss
– Waltz Road (near Sugars Bridge Road and Rt. 322), West Chester, PA
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