The theme for the 2021 Geological Association of New Jersey (GANJ) annual conference and field trip will be the Karst Geology of NJ and Vicinity: Revisited. The conference will be held virtually, Friday, October 15, 1:00-5:00pm. A zoom link to the conference will be available upon completion of registration. Our keynote speaker will be John Tudek, from the West Virginia Geological Survey. Although currently working in West Virginia, John is actually a “Jersey Boy,” having grown up in Clifton, NJ. He cut his geology teeth on the karst of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. He was the keeper of the state cave database, and is the author of two field guides. Since then he has received masters degrees in Geology and Secondary Education from West Virginia University, studied Appalachian fluviokarst and thermal springs in southern West Virginia, and inventoried Cambro-Ordovician karst in Maryland. His current projects include field mapping in the Mississippian Greenbrier limestone, education outreach and reimagining the Survey Museum for the 21st century. His as-yet-unnamed talk will focus on the advantages and challenges of hydrological and geochemical monitoring of karst basins.
The in-person field trip will convene at 8:00am on October 16th at Swartswood State Park in Swartswood, New Jersey to view nearby geologic features, with a return time of 5:00pm. This will include visits to numerous karst features, including some that have been recently active. We will also spend some time examining groundwater and stream activity in karst regions. This year’s field trip will have a maximum capacity of 50 participants. Please register early to ensure your place. The field trip will also be recorded live, with the recording available to all registered conference attendees following the annual conference.
Online meeting registration is currently available. Check the GANJ web site (www.ganj.org) for more information. Proof of vaccination and signed waivers will be required for attendance on the field trip. Please email all documents, utilizing your name_covid_documents as the file name, to email@example.com. The conference agenda, executive board nominees, and field trip information will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the meeting. The field trip guidebook will also be available for download. Hard copies will not be available for distribution this year.