Date: Monday, January 7, 2013 — Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Organising committee: Alison Rust (email@example.com), Kate Saunders (firstname.lastname@example.org), Elena Melekhova (email@example.com), Emma Johnston (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jonathan Hanson (email@example.com), Rose Burden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Monday, March 18, 2013 — Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Location: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, USA
Includes the following session:
T18: Mesozoic igneous features of northeastern North America: magmatic origins and links to tectonic events
Several great magmatic events in northeastern North America are recorded by overlapping provinces of Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous dikes, sills, lavas, and plutonic complexes. They provide clues for the origins of mantle basalts, crustal melting, differentiation of magmas, formation of composite volcanoes, and major fissure eruptions with their environmental impacts. In addition the magmatic events are linked to specific tectonic features and Early Mesozoic rift basins of Pangaea as it separated into new continents and opened the Atlantic Ocean. We invite presentations on both specific features and more general models to describe and explain the origins and significance of these Mesozoic magmas and events.
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 — Friday, March 29, 2013
Organising committee: Gerta Keller (email@example.com), Andrew Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org), Norman MacLeod (email@example.com), Mike Widdowson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vincent Courtillot (email@example.com), Ashok Sahni (firstname.lastname@example.org), Thierry Adatte (email@example.com)
This conference brings together researchers across the geological, geophysical, and biological disciplines to assess the state of research into the causes of mass extinction events. The main goal is to evaluate the respectiveroles of volcanism, bolide impacts, sea level fluctuations and associated climate and environmental changes in major episodes of species extinction.
Over the past 30 years considerable research efforts have been directed toward understanding the context and nature of environmental changes that occurred immediately prior to, at, and after the five major Phanerozoic mass extinctions. Important new data and observations have emerged from the fields of palaeontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geochronology, geochemistry, mineralogy, volcanology, geophysics, palaeomagnetism and astrophysics. Consequently, a critical review of these data — and their implications with respect to identification of the cause(s) of these eco-evolutionary events — is warranted. The conference is intended to foster a new, collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to resolving outstanding problems in this field.
DallasAbbott (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University)
Thierry Adatte (Université de Lausanne)
Dave Archibald (San Diego State University)
Howard Armstrong (Durham University)
Mike Benton (University of Bristol)
Samuel Bowring (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Vincent Courtillot (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, University of Paris)
Linda Elkins-Tanton (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Frederic Fluteau (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, University of Paris)
Brian Gertsch (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Iain Gilmour (The Open University)
Anthony Hallam (University of Birmingham)
Maud Moulin (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, University of Paris)
Michael Joachimski (University of Erlangen)
Simon Kelley (University of Aberdeen)
Gerta Keller (Princeton University)
Andrew Kerr (Cardiff University)
Christian Koeberl (University of Vienna)
Norman MacLeod (Natural History Museum)
William Napier (Cardiff University)
Jozsef Palfy (Eötvös University)
Paul Renne (University of California, Berkeley)
Ashok Sahni (Punjab University)
Andrew Saunders (University of Leicester)
Stephen Self (The Open University)
Robert Spicer (The Open University)
John Warme (Colorado School of Mines)
Mike Widdowson (The Open University)
Paul Wignall (University of Leeds)
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2013 — Friday, April 12, 2013
Location: Austria Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Includes the following session:
GMPV38: Scientific drilling and geological research in the Barberton Greenstone Belt
This session will present the results of recent drilling projects and associated supporting studies in the Archean Barberton Greenstone Belt of South Africa. Drilling provides compete and fresh sections of volcanic and sedimentary rocks that help to unravel the complexities of Archean magmatism, tectonics, sedimentary processes, nature of the atmosphere and oceans, and the habitat of early life. Contributions are encouraged relating to all drilling activities past and present, including the Barberton Greenstone Belt Drilling Project, recent ICDP- sponsored drilling and preparatory research concerning possible future programs. Multidisciplinary studies involving geological, geophysical and geochemical approaches will be highlighted. Preliminary work that includes documentation of the lithology, structures, mineralogy and chemical compositions of recently recovered core and description of future projects will also be included.
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013 — Friday, May 10, 2013
Location: Houghton, Michigan, USA
Includes the following fieldtrips:
Geologic overview of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan
Date: 8th May
This field trip will provide a geologic overview of the Keweenaw Peninsula from Houghton to Copper Harbor. The trip will visit sites including all of the major Midcontinent Rift related bedrock units and the glacial overburden. The Keweenaw Peninsula is well known for hosting stratiform native copper deposit hosted by tops of rift-filling subaerial basaltic lava flows and interflow coarse clastic sedimentary rocks. The trip will visit one or more rock piles from now closed mines. This trip will be of easy difficulty.
Geology of the Porcupine Mountains – a late Keweenawan central volcano complex, Michigan
Date: 11th May
The Porcupine Mountains in the western upper peninsula of Michigan are underlain by andesitic to rhyolite volcanic rocks and mantling sediments that formed in a central volcano within the Midcontinent Rift central graben at the close of Midcontinent Rift magmatism. Participants will overnight (Friday night) in Silver City at the edge of Porcupine Mountains State Park and can drive personal vehicles to Silver City to have a head start home at the end of the trip. Transportation will be provided as needed from Houghton to Silver City. The trip will depart from Silver City and spend the day Saturday examining the various rock types of the area. Logistical details will be provided at a later date.
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 — Friday, May 17, 2013
Location: Cancun, Mexico
Includes the following session:
GP08: Paleomagnetic studies for the reconstruction of tectonic processes
In the last decades, paleomagnetism has been increasingly and satisfactorily used as a fundamental tool to assess the kinematics of many active deformation zones.This session is intended to motivate researchers in presenting data and applications of paleomagnetic studies to tectonic reconstructions. Contributions describing the integration of paleomagnetic, tectonic, exhumation rate (i.e., fission tracks) and GPS data to compare the long-term history and the present-day kinematics in actively deforming areas are encouraged. Paleomagnetic studies that reconstruct the kinematics of geological structures at different scales, together with magnetostratigraphic studies for the timing of tectonic events, are also very welcome.
Date: Monday, May 20, 2013 — Friday, May 24, 2013
Location: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Since the 1.0 Ga supercontinent Rodinia was recognized and mapped, it has become a milestone for understanding of Earth's evolution both in the Precambrian and in the Phanerozoic, and global-scale cyclic geodynamics.
To continue this global debate, the Faculty of Geology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia will organize an international scientific symposium entitled “Rodinia2013: Supercontinental Cycles and Geodynamics” in Moscow on May 20 to 24, 2013.
The Symposium will focus on new data on the formation, configuration and break-up of Rodinia, its precursors and successors, and related geodynamics processes.
Contributions from all aspects of geology, tectonics and geodynamics, including geochemistry/petrology, basin analysis, geochronology, orogenic studies, paleomagnetism, and global LIP/plume record, metallogeny and geodynamic modeling of Precambrian and Phanerozoic paleogeographies and processes, are welcome.
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Convenors: Natalia Lubnina (email@example.com), Svetlana Bogdanova (firstname.lastname@example.org), Zheng-Xiang Li (z.li@email@example.com), Sergei Pisarevskiy (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dmitry Puscharovsky, Richard Ernst (email@example.com), Alexander Slabunov (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ludmila Zolotaya
Includes a post-conference fieldtrip (25th-29th May):
The five days field excursion to four geological landmarks in Russian Karelia.
1. The Mesoproterozoic (1.50-1.45 Ga) magmatic province, including:
- The Valaam subalkaline gabbro-dolerite sill;
- The Sortavala Fe-dolerite (’sortavalite’) dyke swarm;
- The Salmi olivine basaltic flows.
2. The Palaeoproterozoic cross-bedded quartz sandstone (The Shoksha Formation, ca.1.80 Ga) and the Ropruchey gabbro-dolerite sill.
3. The Palaeoproterozoic (ca. 2.10 Ga) Large Igneous Province, including the Jatulian Girvas volcano (diatreme, volcanic pipe, lava flows and breccias) and associated sediments.
4. The Neoarchaean Onega enderbite-charnockite complex (2.73-2.70 Ga) and the Palaeoproterozoic mafic intrusions, including the 2.50 Ga Shala dyke.
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 — Friday, May 24, 2013
Location: Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Includes the following sessions:
SS-8: Testing links among large igneous provinces, iron formations, and volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits
Emplacement of Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) has been linked to mantle plume events. It has been also argued that submarine hydrothermal activity associated with mantle plume events contributed to enhanced delivery of base metals, iron and manganese to the oceans, favouring formation and preservation of VMS deposits in back-arc settings and iron and manganese deposits on continental shelves. Growing age resolution for LIPs, IFs, and VMS deposits allows now to test temporal association among mafic to ultramafic magmatic activity and these deposits, as well as explore potential cause-and-effect relationships. Submissions providing temporal resolution on LIPs, IFs, and VMS deposits, dealing with specific deposits and mantle plume events, and exploring cause-and-effect relationships are encouraged.
SS-9: Layered intrusions: new paradigms and approaches to understanding magmatic processes
Layered intrusions have long captivated geologists with their remarkable textures and structures that record the diversity of processes of magma differentiation, recharge, and venting. They are also host to a range of magmatic and hydrothermal mineral deposits whose formation is intrinsically tied to the emplacement and crystallization histories of these bodies and their interaction with country rock. Recent progress in concepts concerning the evolution of layered intrusions is based on integrated studies involving field observations, textural interpretations, experiments, fluid dynamic modeling, and geochemistry and geochronology. Contributions on all subjects relevant to advancing our understanding of processes involved in the development of layered intrusions are strongly encouraged.
Also includes the following fieldtrip:
Neoarchean mafic-ultramafic intrusions in the Bird River Greenstone Belt: tectonic setting and economic significance
Leaders: Paul Gilbert (email@example.com), James Scoates (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jon Scoates, Eric Yang (email@example.com), Caroline Mealin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Michel Houle (email@example.com), Carey Galeschuk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Monday, May 27, 2013 — Saturday, June 1, 2013
Location: Isle of Skye and Isle of Rum, Inner Hebrides, UK
The Geological Society of London is pleased to present this fieldtrip to the Northwest Highlands of Scotland as a contribution to the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Geological Society of America.
The igneous centres of the NW Highland and Islands of Scotland, have provided the starting point for much of our understanding of petrology. Classic studies like that of Harker (Skye) and Emeleus (Rum), have unravelled the inner workings of volcanic plumbing systems and their products. This trip, based on the Isle of Skye, explores two of these great igneous centres, by foot and boat and will look at layered igneous rocks, sills/dykes, lava flows and explosive volcanism, amongst the backdrop and beauty of the inner Isles of Skye and Rum. Everything from textures to the wide expanse of flood basalts and beyond will be covered, with something for everyone’s volcanic tastes.
Monday 27 May: Travel from Inverness and arrive in Portree, Isle of Skye.
Tuesday 28 May: Trotternish peninsular, sediments, shallow intrusions, lavas and landslides (including Duntulm Castle).
Wednesday 29 May: The Central Cullins and boat trip along cliffs, visiting the inside of the Skye volcano (with seals and other wildlife).
Thursday 30 May: Lavas of Talisker Bay and North West Skye, including distillery tour.
Friday 31 May: A taste of Rum....Day trip to the Isle of Rum igneous centre!
Saturday 1 June: Travel back to Inverness with scenic stops and castles en route.
Contact: Naomi Newbold (email@example.com)
Date: Monday, June 17, 2013 — Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Location: Jinjiang Hotel, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Includes the following session:
A-5: Deep Earth processes through geochemistry
Petrological and geochemical studies often shed light on deep Earth processes. For example, petrology and geochemistry of large igneous provinces and hotspots may reveal mantle signature from the core-mantle boundary, and petrology and geochemistry of ultra-high-pressure metamorphic rocks can provide information on subduction and exhumation. This session will focus on solid Earth geochemistry, including igneous and metamorphic petrology, experimental petrology, trace element and isotope geochemistry, and mineral physics, and their applications to understand deep (from crust to the core-mantle boundary) Earth processes.
Invited speakers: Roberta Rudnick (University of Maryland), Yingwei Fei (Carnegie Institution of Science), Hongfu Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2013 — Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Location: Kagoshima, Japan
Includes the following session:
1-2: Frontiers in large igneous provinces research: a tribute to the life and career of John Mahoney
Large igneous provinces (LIPs) are the largest manifestations of volcanism on Earth. They are anomalous both in terms of the volume and length of lava flows erupted at the surface and in terms of the scale of mantle melting necessary to produce them. They are also thought to have widespread impact on climate and the environment. This session would welcome all contributions to LIP research, with particular emphasis on:
Date: Sunday, August 25, 2013 — Friday, August 30, 2013
Location: Firenze Fiera Congress Centre, Florence, Italy
Includes the following sessions:
01e: Causes of Phanerozoic mass extinctions: impacts vs. large igneous provinces vs. others?
The history of life on Earth is punctuated by several instances of sudden drops in biodiversity where a large number of species were wiped out, followed by biotic recovery, rapid evolution and dramatic shifts in dominant life forms. Though this phenomenon is well known, the root cause(s) of these mass extinctions is/are yet unsolved and controversial. Multiple causes have been advanced to explain sudden extinctions. Currently, the two dominant contenders are high velocity extraterrestrial bolides and large volcanic eruptions. Discussions of these two hypotheses have been recently quite polarized. Nevertheless, critical to evaluate the potential role of volcanism and asteroid impact (as well as other hypotheses) in causing mass extinctions are (1) precise temporal correlations with the stratigraphic boundaries, (2) well understood mechanisms that could alter Earth’s climate (e.g. gases from target rock vaporization or volcanogenic emission) and (3) effects of the climate changes on the biosphere. In this session, we are encouraging submission from proponents of the volcanism, asteroid impact, and any other mechanisms that could potentially explain the Phanerozoic mass extinctions. In particular, we are seeking contributions from stratigraphy, geochronology, geochemistry, physical modelling and climate studies.
Keynote speaker: Paul Wignall (University of Leeds)
06f: Continental magmatic pipeline: from crustal roots to the surface
This session will focus on magmatic processes in continental sectors and their role in continental crustal evolution, addressed through a variety of approaches including petrological studies, mineral chemistry and geochronology, and numerical and/or laboratory modeling of magmatic systems. Broad topics covered in this session will include the role of deep vs. mid- to shallow-level magmatic plumbing systems in controlling silicic magmagenesis and/or the composition of continental crust and the relationship of the thermal structure and chemical differentiation of the continents. We welcome submissions covering diverse topics and approaches within this broad context, including for example: multi-disciplinary studies combining textures, chemistry, and ages, including mineral chemistry and geochronology; the role of crystal mush vs. solidified magmas (i.e., thermal histories of reservoir systems); magma mixing processes and efficiency; thermobarometry of crystals and magmas; and evidence for silicic magmagenesis by deep-seated vs. upper-crustal differentiation processes.
11c: Crustal assimilation during magma emplacement
The chemical compositions of plutonic and/or volcanic rocks (solidified magma) are generally used to constrain the compositions of the source from which the magmas were originally formed, and the physical conditions of melt generation. However, the compositions of magmas change as they ascend through the lithosphere in response to closed-system (fractional crystallization), and/or open-system (crustal contamination, magma mixing) behavior of the igneous bodies. The session focuses to the mechanisms producing chemical as well as isotopic variations, in order to resolve mantle vs. crustal contributions, and to quantify the elemental fluxes associated with such processes. The fundamental question to be addressed is how and to what extent the chemistry of igneous systems reflects source composition, or it has been modified during their ascent to shallow level magma reservoirs and volcanic extrusions/explosions. We therefore welcome insights provided by the re-interpretation of data from classical measurements and by novel isotope-geochemical techniques, and their meaning in the geological framework.
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013 — Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013 — Monday, November 11, 2013
Date: Monday, December 9, 2013 — Friday, December 13, 2013