EAST TENNESSEE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
TENNESSEE SECTION of the
OF PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS
In this issue...
ETGS/AIPG March Meeting
February Meeting Summary
February Presentation Summary
Thanks to Our Speakers and Trip Leaders
Comments from the Secretary
Name the Newsletter
Upcoming (Potential) Fieldtrips
AIPG 2000 Annual Meeting
Remaining Geoogy seminars at UT
Upcoming Special Seminars at UT
Other Cool Stuff from the Members
ETGS/AIPG MARCH MEETING
Monday, March 6, 2000
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Conference Rooms C1-C4
312 Directors Drive Knoxville
Applications of Thermal Infrared Surveys at Redstone Arsenal
A thermal infrared survey was conducted as the first step of a sitewide karst hydrogeologic investigation at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. This presentation summarizes the objectives, methodology and results of this component of the sitewide investigation. The survey proved very successful with nearly 1400 thermal anomalies identified within the 40,000-acre study area. The survey results provided the basis for two subsequent rounds of field reconnaissance in which nearly 900 springs and seeps were confirmed. The success of this effort resulted from use of state-of-the-art technology and careful planning and coordination to optimize the flyover for the hydrologic system under investigation. The applications and limitations of this method are discussed within the context of examples from the Redstone case study.
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FEBRUARY MEETING SUMMARY
by Tony Tingle
Last months meeting was held February 7 at Ryans Family Steak House in West Knoxville. Dr. Gary Jacobs was unable to present his talk on Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research (NABIR) due to illness. Thanks to Brian Murray and Dr. David Watson for the last-minute adjustments to the presentation schedule, as David presented Dr. Jacobs information on the NABIR. We hope Dr. Jacobs is feeling better. A summary of Davids presentation is provided later in this issue.
Discussions about future field trips narrowed the field of possibilities down to one. The front runner is a bicycle ride down the Virginia Creeper Trail with stops along the way to view the stratigraphy. Thanks to Dr. Byerly for providing information on the Virginia Creeper Trail and the USGS paper on the Konarock Formation.
J.J. Hollars promoted the idea of providing a "teaching set" of materials for any ETGS members that volunteer for local schools. The informal discussion on the topic resulted in J.J. spearheading this task.
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FEBRUARY PRESENTATION SUMMARY
by Tony Tingle
A presentation on Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research (NABIR) was provided by Dr. David Watson of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). NABIR, a Department of Energy Program, funds research on in situ subsurface bioremediation of radionuclides and metals. David summarized current and past research examples and indicated that future emphasis will be on field studies. The field aspect of the program is of local importance since a Field Research Center (FRC) is to be selected, and Oak Ridge is a candidate location. The goals of NABIR were summarized and the proposed FRC at Oak Ridge was presented.
A full abstract of the presentation can be found in the February Newsletter. ETGS would like to thank Dr. Gary Jacobs and Dr. David Watson for their time and for a job well done.
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THANKS TO OUR SPEAKERS AND TRIP LEADERS!
by J. Brad Stephenson
During each of our monthly meetings and periodic field trips, an invited speaker presents information about current research, a field project, or some other issue of relevance to geologists in East Tennessee. The presentation is the heart of the meeting or trip, providing us with opportunities to stay abreast of technical and professional trends in the geosciences.
ETGS recognizes that considerable time and effort are required to prepare and deliver these presentations. In the past, covering the cost of the speakers participation (meal, rafting fee, etc.) was about the best we could do. Thanks to increased membership and decreased costs, we are now able to provide a small token of our appreciation to each speaker and trip leader.
Following discussion among this years officers, copies of two books were acquired for presentation as thank-you gifts: A Roadside Guide to the Geology of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and A Geologic Trip Across Tennessee by Interstate 40. Each speaker and trip leader during 2000 will receive a copy of one of these books. These books make very nice gifts and are suitable for geologists and non-geologists.
Each book has been autographed by the author, noted local geologist and ETGS member Harry L. Moore. ETGS thanks Harry Moore for his assistance in obtaining and autographing these books!
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FROM THE SECRETARY
Join/Renew Now to be Included in the ETGS 2000 Directory!
by Seaira Stephenson
Its that time of year again! We are updating the ETGS database and preparing an updated Membership Directory. The directory will include the name, business address, business phone/fax numbers, and e-mail addresses of all ETGS members. It will be a useful resource for networking with your colleagues. All current ETGS members will receive a copy of the Membership Directory later this spring.
Dont be left out! If you have not already done so, please renew your membership now. Dues remain a bargain at just $15 per individual, $20 per couple, and $5 per student. Encourage a colleague to join as well. Be sure to complete the Membership Information form available online at http://www.discoveret.org/etgs/member.htm. (Forms are also be available at each meeting.) Bring the completed form to the next meeting with your dues, or mail them to
PO Box 6193
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6193
Whether you join or renew at the meeting or by mail, please complete a membership form so that we can keep the societys records updated. In particular, please make sure we have at least one current e-mail address.
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and Win a Free Membership for 2001!
by J. Brad Stephenson and Tony Tingle
We are still accepting nominations for naming the ETGS/AIPG Newsletter. Suggest the winning name and receive a free, one-year ETGS membership!
Although we have received a number of good suggestions, they are all from the same person. This is your chance to leave your creative mark for years to come. Please e-mail your suggestions to J. Brad Stephenson firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit as many titles as you like. The first person to nominate any particular title will get the credit if it is the winner. We will keep track of the suggestions and let you know immediately if any have already been submitted.
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We Need YOUR Input
By Tony Tingle
A stratigraphic tour along the Virginia Creeper Trail remains the lone suggestion for the Spring/Summer field trip. The proposed trip would be an almost-all-downhill ride as long or as short as we would like to make it. A shuttle service would be used to transport the group to a high point (near Whitetop Station, Virginia) for the downhill ride towards Damascus. The Virginia Creeper starts in Abingdon and ends just east of Whitetop Station. The total length is 33.4 miles. It began as a Native American footpath and became part of the Virginia-Carolina Railroad system in 1907. Now it serves as a multi-use recreation trail. For more info, see http://www.cccyclery.com/vacrep.htm or http://www.his.com/~jmenzies/urbanatb/rtrails/creeper/creeper.htm Accomondations near the trail range from the elegant Martha Washington Inn in Abington to primative camping in the National Forest. More information on bicycle rental, shuttle rates, and lodging will be forthcoming.
Suggestions for the an autumn field trip should be directed to Tony Tingle at email@example.com. Dates for the Spring/Summer field trip will be discussed at the March meeting.
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2000 ANNUAL MEETING
LEARNING FROM THE PASTDIRECTIONS FOR THE FUTURE
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
The practice of geology has evolved
dramatically during the lasts decades of the 20th Century. The
AIPG Annual Meeting to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 12 and
13 October 2000, presents an opportunity to highlight the lessons
learned and speculate on what may, or should, be important as the
profession of geology enters the next millennium. The practice of
geology has also evolved to encompass problems that include the
expertise of other professionals and interests of diverse
stakeholders. Interdisciplinary participation is therefore
encouraged. Abstracts for presentations are requested in 6 topic
Suburban Growth and the Fate of Extractive Industries Geology's Role in Property Transfers and Brownfield Development New Techniques in Subsurface Investigations Environmental Corrective Action Slope Stability Geology Education for the Next 10 Years Abstracts of 300 words or less (1 page) are due by 13 May 2000. Presenters will be notified and provided with instructions for presentations by 7 July 2000. Please include the name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of the presenting author. Abstracts can be submitted electronically to the AIPG Wisconsin Section (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to the Program Chairperson (email@example.com).
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Provide by Dr. Don Byerly
Feb 29 - Jennifer Rogers - candidate for geochem position (see description below)
Mar. 2 - Maria Uhle - candidate for geochem position (see description below)
Mar. 9 - Student presentations
Mar. 16 - Larry Wilding - Pedology of vertisols - global perspective
Mar. 23 - Spring Break
Mar, 30 - Frank Chapelle (Klepser Lect II) - Hydrogeology
Apr. 6 - Student presentations
Apr. 13 - Colin Sumrall - Haines-Morris Scholar)
Apr. 20 - Student presentations
Apr. 27 - Dept. Awards Day
Submitted by Dr. Larry McKay
We would like to invite everyone to a special series of Seminars in Environmental Geochemistry, from Feb 22 - March 2/2000, at the University of Tennessee, Dept. of Geological Sciences. The three speakers are all candidates for a faculty position in the Dept of Geological Sciences at UT. Please join us in welcoming these outstanding young scientists, one of whom (we hope) will be moving to Knoxville in the near future.
Marlynn Musgrave (UT-Austin)
Temporal links between climate and hydrology: Insights from central Texas cave deposits and groundwater
Tues, Feb 22 at 3:40 PM in G&G Rm 302
Jennifer Rogers (UT-Austin)
Mineralogy and subsurface microbial ecology: Are all minerals created equal?
Tues, Feb 29 at 3:40 PM in G&G Rm 302
Maria Uhle (U. Virginia, now at U. Aukland)
The role of sorbate and substrate properties on the binding of PCBs to aquatic humic substances
Thurs, Mar 2 at 3:40 PM in G&G Rm 302
Susan Gawarecki provided the following notes. Thanks for the information Susan.
Did you know that Tennessee's Division of Geology has a Web site? It can be found at http://www.state.tn.us/environment/tdg/index.html. Here is that geologic map of Tennessee that never seems to be handy--either a big one or a small one may be called up at the Web site. A lovely picture of the Official Tennessee State Fossil, Pterotrigonia (Scabrotrigonia) thoracica, is found at the Vol. 12, No. 1 issue of the newsletter, as is information on the proposed revisions to the Geologist Registration Act. Best of all, for the information junkies, is the page listing Geologic Publications. Happy surfing!
The Local Oversight Committee is pleased to announce the availability of the 1999 Status Report to the Public of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation DOE Oversight Division. Copies may be requested from either the LOC (136 S Illinois Ave, Ste 208, Oak Ridge, phone: 483-1333) or the DOE Oversight Division at 481-0995. There is no charge for the 68-page report. The status report will also be posted on the Division's Web site http://www.state.tn.us/environment/doeo/index.html in the near future.
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