Today at lunch I served the chardonnay produced for the Geological Society of America's 125th anniversary by Lava Cap Winery. (Lava Cap is a must-see if your interests combine California geology and wine.) It's intense, mouth-filling and balanced between a tropical-fruit nose and a robust finish, its 14.6 percent alcohol not showing up as hotness. It was a nice companion to a savory stir-fry of shiitake buttons, young Brussels sprouts, tofu and almonds. Now I find myself in a celebratory mood.
The GSA is a great society, and as it observes its 125th anniversary I'm enjoying my 25th year as a member. It publishes a set of indispensable journals and a series of landmark books. It has 17 divisions, each serving a set of specialists (I'm in the History and Philosophy of Geology Division), and 67 more affiliated societies (I'm in three of those, the AGU, AESE and NAGT). It hosts a large annual meeting (this year in Denver) and annual regional meetings (I attend the Cordilleran Section's meeting every chance I can), plus smaller intensive Penrose Conferences for specialists.
This year I will be making a contribution to the Silent Auction held at the annual GSA Meeting: a mint-condition copy of the highly collectible, out-of-print Anatomy of the Grand Canyon by Kenneth Hamblin.
It occurs to me that a handful of GSA members will observe their 63rd anniversary this year. That would make them witnesses to half of the society's existence. Geoscience has come a long way indeed since 1950.