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Andrew Alden

A Toast to the GSA

By August 18, 2013

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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.


August 19, 2013 at 11:19 am
(1) Kea Giles says:

Hey Andrew,
Thanks so much for your nice thoughts about GSA, and for your donation!
Kea Giles

August 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm
(2) Ann Crawford says:

Hi Andrew: Thanks for your promotion of GSA’s 125th anniversary. I’m looking forward to this milestone event. Thank you for your donation to the Auction!

August 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm
(3) Vince Matthews says:

Thanks for the support!

Vince Matthews
General Chair, 125th Annual Meeting

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