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March 18th meeting of the Pittsburgh Geological Society presents
   "Factors controlling karst development in the Great Valley of Maryland" presented by David K. Brezinski Ph.D., Appalachian Stratigrapher/Paleontologist, Maryland Geologic Survey  

This month our speaker, David K. Brezinski, who is the Appalachian stratigrapher and paleontologist for the Maryland Geological Survey, will address karst development within the Frederick Valley of Maryland. Karst features such as springs, dolines and sinkholes are controlled largely by stratigraphic susceptibility and anthropogenic activity as well as fracture orientation. Fault traces show notable incidences of springs and active sinkhole alignment, while fold axes can be the location of intense karst feature proliferation. His work in the Frederick Valley will be of interest to workers in limestone terrains. See his paper on this subject at http://water.usgs.gov/ogw/karst/kig2002/dkb_stratigraphy.html. Our speaker's biography and abstract provides more information for this presentation.

THG Geophysics Workshop

THG Geophysics will be offering a workshop titled: 'Optimizing the Use of Geophysical Data'. This workshop is a client-oriented seminar focused on helping the end users of geophysical surveys to optimize the results of geophysical surveys on their projects.

Join colleagues in geological, environmental, engineering, construction and archaeological fields as we discuss ways to improve your use of geophysical surveys on your projects. The 8 credit hour workshop will take place on March 30, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Comfort Inn Conference Center located at 699 Rodi Road in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Registration will be $300, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch with coffee breaks.

The workshop will review the theory, processing, and applications of commonly used geophysical techniques. A special emphasis will made to help you understand the advantages, and limitations of different techniques. Finally, we will focus on geophysical data interpretation and the assumptions involved; helping you to become more knowledgeable with reported datasets and how best to utilize them

If you are interested in participating, please contact Kate McKinley at THG Geophysics at (724) 325-3996 or email at emailksm@geo-image.com . See the meeting flyer .

  Upcoming PGS Meetings 

March 18, 2015 - Dr. Dave Brezinski of the Maryland Geologic Survey will present his work on the karst terrain in Frederick and Hagerstown Counties, Maryland.

April 15, 2015 - 13th Annual Student Night.

May 2015 - To be announced.

  Come join us at our PGS Meetings

Our meetings start at 6:00 pm with a social hour, dinner is served at 7:00 pm and the presentation begins at 8:00 pm. Dinner will cost $25.00/person, dinner for students is $5.00; checks preferred. For this month's meeting, reservations should be emailed to pgsreservations@gmail.com, please title as "PGS Dinner Reservation", by noon, Monday, January 19th. Meeting will be held at the Foster’s Restaurant, Foster Plaza Building 10, 680 Andersen Dr, Greentree. See map for our meeting place. Suggested attire is business casual. Students and guests are welcome, you need not be a member to attend our meetings and its okay to just drop by for the speaker presentation at 8 pm.

From Pittsburgh: Parkway West to Green Tree-Crafton Exit. Bear left at exit and left again onto Mansfield Avenue West. Follow Mansfield West to the 2nd traffic light. Turn right onto Holiday Drive and proceed up the hill to Foster Plaza Building 10.

From Airport and I 79: Parkway West towards Pittsburgh, exit at Green Tree-Mt. Lebanon Exit. Turn left onto Greentree Road, make left at 1st traffic light onto Mansfield Avenue West. Follow Mansfield West to the 2nd traffic light. Turn right onto Holiday Drive and proceed up the hill to Foster Plaza Building 10.

Or go to http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&sll=40.440676,-80.007248&sspn=0.127773,0.22007&q=foster%27s+restaurant+and+catering&near=pittsburgh+pa&latlng=40440556,-79996111,5411451826638810477 for a map.

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PGS Spring 2015 Student Field Workshop

The PGS once again invites students of geology & engineering geology to attend the 11th installment of the "Student Field Workshop". See our flyer for all the details. Workshop will be held Saturday April 4, 2015, at California University of Pennsylvania. The time will be 9 AM to late afternoon. Registration is limited so sign up ASAP.

13th Annual Student Night

Students, please consider taking advantage of an opportunity to present your research and compete for a cash reward in this sponsored event from PGS, AEG, and ASCE, at the 13th Annual Student Night on Wednesday, April 15 at Foster’s Restaurant, #10 Foster Plaza, Greentree.

Teachers, print out this flyer to put up on your bulletin board.

Abstracts of 300 words or less should be emailed to Dr. Kyle Fredrick at kyle.fredrick@calu.edu by Monday, March 15, 2014 for consideration.

PGS 2015 So You Want to be a Geologist Workshop

On Saturday, March 28, PGS is again hosting the "So You Want to be a Geologist" workshop. The workshop is geared to all students who will someday be working in a geological or geologically-related field and will focus on various subjects that are important to students. Among the subjects discussed are a) academic needs, b) professional sectors, c) licensing and ethics, d) advice for job seekers, and e) advice for new professionals.

The workshop will be held on Washington’s Landing on the north shore of Pittsburgh from 9:00 to 4:00. Dress is casual and there is no charge for the workshop. Lunch will be provided by PGS.

The workshop space is limited. Please indicate your full name, school, and year in school e.g. junior, senior. Although any current student is eligible to attend, preference will be given to those preparing to graduate should the interest exceed the limit.

Contact information is provided in the PGS newsletter.

  Were there dinosaurs in Western Pennsylvania?  

Yes, dinosaurs walked on the land and left behind their footprints and bones, but unfortunately this evidence has been eroded away long ago. It is difficult to imagine the enormous amount of soil and rock that has been carried away by weathering processes in the 60 million years since the end of Cretaceous time. Scientists have estimated that a layer of rock over a mile thick has been eroded since the beginning of the Mesozoic Age and with it all traces of the dinosaurs.

See Dr. John Harpers more thorough explanation for more information.

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