83rd Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists
TEMPORAL, TECTONIC, CLIMATIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT OF THE TRIASSIC-JURASSIC RIFT SYSTEM OF EASTERN NORTH AMERICA: EMERGING CONCEPTS FROM THE NEWARK RIFT BASIN
Center Valley, PA
Thursday, October 4, 2018 – Preconference Trips & Registration
Friday and Saturday, October 5-6, 2018 – Field Trip
Paul Olsen, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Martha Withjack and Roy Schlische, Rutgers University
Frank Pazzaglia, Lehigh University
Homewood Suites by Hilton, 3350 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley, PA 18034 (610) 351-6400
The Mesozoic Newark Basin stretches across southeastern Pennsylvania from the Delaware River to the northeastern tip of Lancaster County. This conference will focus on the basin in upper and central Bucks County where the sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic and tectonic history are well exposed in the local quarries. Topics to be discussed include the geometry and evolution of the basin, the distinct cyclic sedimentation related to climate history, and their relevance to environmental geology, groundwater and arsenic, and carbon sequestration. Additional stops will look at diabase related to Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP) and its associated contact metamorphism. Oddly, the Newark basin has never been the focus of a field conference and it is hoped that this trip will spur additional interest, studies and mapping in one of the more rapidly growing parts of the state.
A variety of preconference trips are also planned. Excursions include a tour of the nearby 19th century Ueberroth & Hartman Zn mines, a caving trip, a look at the Quakertown diabase sill, a geo-biking tour of the Saucon Rail Trail, and a groundwater remediation study in fractured bedrock at a former military base.
As in in previous years there will be orientation and reception on Thursday evening with beer, hors d’oeuvres, map blast student posters and a silent auction. If you wish to contribute please contact Kristen Hand at email@example.com or call at 717-702-2046.
Thank you and we are looking forward to another great conference.
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