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PRESIDENT'S CORNER:

April 2018,

I would like to thank Steve Jacobs for spearheading and leading a One Stop Wonder on March 31st to the Lawrence Canyon Fault in Oceanside, California.

We had a great turnout for our March meeting. Thank you Pat Abbott for your insightful presentation. I hope you have inspired some of the many students to expand on your work and follow up with an update presentation of their own! Speaking of presentations, this month our meeting will allow the 2017 scholarship awardees to discuss their research.

Also come enjoy a beverage from our guest bartender from Absolution Brewery! Don't forget to visit our announcement section for upcoming events!



Sincerely,

Chris Livesey -
SDAG President


The American Geosciences Institute's Workforce Program is pleased to offer a free webinar,
"An Introduction to Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers" on April 26th at 1:00PM EDT.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. We will post a recording of the webinar on the Workforce Program's website after the event. If you cannot make the webinar but want to be informed about the recording, please register and we will notify you as soon as the recording is available.

*AGI Webinar: "An Introduction to Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers"*
This webinar will provide an overview of the writing skills that geoscience students develop during their undergraduate and graduate academic training, the skills and tools that are needed for non-academic careers, and advice for students on how to acquire the needed writing skills as they prepare for and pursue their career path. This is the first of a series of webinars on developing writing skills for a variety of geoscience career paths.

Structural Engineers Association of San Diego Joint Meeting with EERI
5:30pm, April 17, 2018 at Stone Brewery Point Loma

Register at: https://seaosd.starchapter.com/meet-reg1.php?mi=35102&id=34" target="_blank
2017 Mexico City Earthquake Briefing and Lessons Learned
Presentation Outline:
On the 32nd anniversary of the 8.1 earthquake that devastated Mexico City on September 19, 1985, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred 120 km from Mexico City. This September 19, 2017 earthquake resulted in approximately 44 collapsed buildings, over 1,000 damaged buildings, and 369 deaths. Private firms, educational institutions, and research institutes sent reconnaissance teams to observe the damage and help local authorities with building assessments. Members from three different organizations will provide a debrief and lessons learned. Speakers:
Jorge Meneses, PhD, PE, GE, D.GE, F. ASCE - Part of GEER Team: Geotechnical and Seismology
Jeremy T. Callister, SE - Part of Degenkolb Engineers Team: Building damage within Mexico City
Darin Aveyard, PE - Part of Reid Middleton Team: Building damage and Lifelines

Desert Symposium


Gem Mineral and Fossil Show


2018 SDAG Field Trip Preliminary Information

2018 SDAG Field Trip October 12th to 14th 2018
Hello SDAG! Our field trip weekend has been finalized and we are well on our way to putting together, what I hope to be, a great trip. We will have road stops on the way to the Barstow area and then a day of hikes in the Rainbow/Basin and Owl Canyon Area. Our Sunday stop consists of the geology around Calico Ghost Town and the history of the ghost town. I am always looking for volunteers to assist in geologic areas of interest or general interest in helping on the trip. I will start taking signups in June or July. If you have questions or ideas, send them to Ken Haase at haase@geoconinc.com

National Drone Conference, Palomar College, July 6, 2018

Please join us for our National Drone Conference at Palomar College in North San Diego County on Friday, July 6, 2018! Our conference this year will feature a number of technical sessions with guest speakers from the fields of aerial cinematography, archeology, construction inspection, education, environmental conservation, mapping and surveying, photography, and much more! We will feature guest speakers from organizations such as General Atomics, California Community College system, University of California system, Southern California Edison, City of San Diego, and NV5. Please see the conference agenda here.
* Early-bird registration is $25 for military and academic attendees (e.g. students/faculty) and $45 for non-academic and non-military attendees until May 30th, 2018.
* Regular registration is $40 for military and academic attendees (e.g. students/faculty) and $75 for non- academic and non-military attendees after May 30th, 2018.
Registration includes: access to our technical sessions and exhibits, as well as breakfast and lunch (catered by Habit Burger). Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and connect with professionals, students, veterans, and educators in this exciting industry. Space is limited, register today at www.palomaruas.weebly.com!

2017 SDAG field trip, Julian-Banner Mining District - A Road to Gold

A link to more field trip pictures taken by Rob Hawk here: SDAG 2017 Field Trip Pictures


Looking For A Sample of Ardath Shale

I am curating an exhibit for the La Jolla Historical Society about Canyons. We would like to include a specific exhibit - a chunk of Ardath Shale. It ties in to so many of our other items: how La Jolla was formed, ecology and native plants, as well as the issue of landslides. For example, the Soledad Mountain Road slope failure of a few years ago was related to the geology: heavy soils over Ardath Shale...according to the reports I've been reading. I'd like to show our visitors what exactly Ardath Shale looks like.

Does your organization have a sample of this type of rock? If not, can you suggest where I might find a sample large enough to put on display?

Regards,
Susan Krzywicki
susankrzywicki@mac.com
www.susankrzywicki.com
(619) 318-4590
California Native Plant Society, Ocean Friendly Gardens

John Minch book



NEW Interactive Fault Map for San Diego

As part of the update for the San Diego-Tijuana Earthquake Planning Scenario, Working Group No. 1's "Fault Map Subcommittee" has completed the first publicly available bi-national active and potentially active fault map. This interactive GIS map includes the first publicly available active and potentially active fault map locations from the City of San Diego. The City of San Diego fault locations and activity of faults are based chiefly on interpretation of information contained in geologic reports by private consultants. The City of San Diego identifies active faults as Holocene (<= 11,000yr) and potentially active as Quaternary (up to 1.6my). City of San Diego fault investigations are ongoing that may require future revision of this map. This map is not a substitute for a site specific fault investigation. The map also includes an updated fault map layer from the State CGS. CGS suggests users defer to the City of San Diego fault data, where marked, for increased accuracy. The map also integrated the faults south of the border for a bi-national cross border view. You can expand the map legend on the left side to see the fault ages and sources for each layer that can be turned on or off for the map view. You can select from 1 of 12 base maps. You can click on the fault line on the map to see the meta-data source. This map includes the yellow dashed SURFACE FAULT RUPTURE location layer that will be used for the infrastructure, social, and economic impacts and emergency response for the update to the Earthquake Scenario. In addition, active and potentially active fault investigation locations from private companies are planned to be added to this map as a resource. This map is an on-going project and resource as our knowledge increases about local active and potentially active faults.

The link is available at: http://www.sandiegogeologists.org/Faults_map.html

I would like to thank Carolyn Glockhoff for her endless GIS work, Jim Quinn and the City for providing their data and time, Jerry Treiman with CGS for his time preparing the Surface Rupture and providing their new State fault data layer, and Luis Mendoza at CICESE for providing the faults south of the border. Please contact Diane Murbach (dianemurbach@gmail.com), Chair for the SD-TJ Earthquake Scenario Working Group #1 - Earth Science, if you have any questions, or see any errors on this new fault map.

Diane Murbach
(619) 865-4333
Engineering Geologist, C.E.G.
www.murbachgeotech.com
Photo of the month CALL FOR PHOTOS!
That's right!...It's back, the SDAG monthly photo competition, featuring the very best of member photo submissions from around the County and beyond. The prize is one free drink at the next meeting, so if you're a winner, just see our resident bartender extraordinaire, Cari Gomes at the next meeting.....or myself (The Secretary) if it's not a SDAG libation supplied event.

Attached is a photo taken by SDAG member Gregory Farrand in Norway. The photo shows deformed Paleozoic thin-bedded metasedimentary rock (gneiss, mica schist, and marble). Differences in erosion or dissolution of the layers caused the 3D effect along the bedding. Evidently the deformation occurred during the Caledonian Orogeny, 490 to 390 million years ago. He came across this outcrop in a zodiac boat while searching for Sea Eagles, birds similar to the American Bald Eagle. The Saltstraumen strait is also noted for whirlpools or maelstroms caused by turbulent tidal flow through the narrow channel.
Photo by Gregory T. Farrand

CALL FOR ARTICLES! SDAG invites members to submit articles on their current research or an interesting project they are working on for publication in the monthly newsletter. The article should be no more than 1 page in length. Photos are welcomed, too! Please submit articles to the SDAG secretary via email.

Absolution by the Sea - Now Open For Business!!
Long time SDAG member and past president, Cari Gomes, has assisted in opening a new brewery-restaurant called Absolution by the Sea, from Absolution Brewing Company. The restaurant is located at 7536 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037. Phone 619-202-4152. Come enjoy great craft beer and food with your fellow geologists!

Yosemite Conservancy Outdoor Adventures featuring custom adventures.

52nd AESE Annual Meeting - Niagara Falls, New York - September 26th to 29th 2018

Mark your calendars! The 52nd annual meeting of the Association of Earth will take place in Niagara Falls, New York, September 26 to 29, 2018.

AESE's meetings generally consist of 2 days of technical sessions and a 1-day field trip. Please join us for a fun-filled and educational experience September 2018. Meeting headquarters will be the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. The meeting hotel will be the Sheraton at the Falls, on Third Street, where a block of rooms has been set aside for attendees, at a nightly rate of US$139 ($129 for room + $10 facility fee).

Niagara Falls has been a prime tourist destination since the mid-19th century. People come from around the world to see just the falls, themselves. But there is so much more to explore on both the American and Canadian sides of the falls, from world class wineries, Niagara Falls State Park (providing close access to the American and Bridal Veil falls), Niagara Gorge hiking trails, and art galleries to the Schoellkopf Power Plant museum (providing easy access to the bottom of the gorge), Niagara rapids jet boat tours, Old Fort Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake and more....so remember to bring your passports if you wish to take in all that the area has to offer!

The meeting is open to anyone interested in earth science editing, publishing and outreach. The program is in the initial planning stage. Watch for meeting updates on AESE's web page www.aese.org. A closed Facebook group has been set up to share information https://www.facebook.com/groups/123266368358780/ . For more information, please contact host chair, Marg Rutka, marg.rutka@ontario.ca, and technical program chair, Phil Farquharson philfarq@gmail.com.

National Association of State Boards of Geology
ASBOGŪ 2018 Fall Council of Examiners (COE) Workshop and Field Trip
Marriott Hotel, Monterey, CA November 1-3, 2018

COE WORKSHOP PRELIMINARY INFORMATION
The National Association of State Boards of Geologists (ASBOG) Needs You! ASBOG will hold its fall Council of Examiners (COE) Workshop in Monterey, California on Friday and Saturday, November 2, and 3, 2018. A field trip will be arranged for Thursday November 1, 2018. The purpose of the COE is to review the fall 2018 ASBOG examinations just given and review the subsequent examinations proposed for spring 2019. Licensed geologists are needed to participate. While these subject matter experts (SMEs) typically are drawn from among members of various state geology boards, additional volunteers are sought from the COE host state and its adjacent ASBOG member states that use passing of the ASBOG examinations as licensing requirements. Over the long term, ASBOG has developed applicable and fair examinations used to lead to geologist licensing.

The COE Workshop process is a key component of expanding and maintaining relevant and defensible examinations for applicants seeking geologist licensing. Geologist SMEs play a critical role in providing sufficient professional experience to the COE Workshop, which gives fair weight to all geologist task areas. ASBOG conducts a Task Analysis every 5 years to support the COE's strict examination review process. Analysis results maintain the relevancy and currency of the examinations.

The COE Workshop is a 2 stage process with parallel sessions for both the fundamental and professional examinations. The SMEs receive instruction from ASBOG's psychometrician on the Workshop process. On the first day, each SME unofficially takes the most recently given ASBOG fundamental or professional examination. Then, the psychometrician guides a comparative discussion of the groups' collective examination results with those of the recent, fall examinees. Each item is either accepted as given, double keyed, or removed from the item pool. Individual examinee comments are considered and discussed. Generally, seldom used, new, or unclear items are reviewed by the COE group, especially if performance results are of concern. If time permits, SMEs are encouraged to write new items for the item pool.

This process is repeated on the second day to review and test items to be included in the spring examinations. The groups then evaluate the historic performance of items, and improve items that need improving.

ASBOG needs your participation as a COE Workshop SME. Please email a statement of interest, and your credentials and contact information to Ms. Deana Sneyd, ASBOG Executive Director, at dsneyd@asbog.org.

To qualify, each SME must have:
  • A current license in good standing as a geologist in an ASBOG member state.
  • Worked as a professional geologist in industry, academia, or government.
  • Be prepared to serve on the COE with no ASBOG reimbursement of any travel expenses.
  • Agreed to ASBOG terms and conditions, provided under separate cover, to participate.
Please Note: This is a VOLUNTEER opportunity. ASBOG is a non profit organization and is unable to reimburse travel expenses or pay for your time. However, they do provide some meals as part of the COE. The COE location rotates throughout the country and is unlikely to be in California again for 3 to 5 years. This is a unique and important opportunity to contribute to the geologic profession.


Got too many rocks? Are you (or specifically, your spouse...) interested in giving them a good home *away* from your house and garden? Mesa College is looking to collect some rock samples for an inaugural Earth History course. We are specifically looking for sedimentary rocks that include examples of different energy environments (varying grain sizes and shapes) and structures (ripples, cross bedding, planar bedding, graded bedding, etc.). We are also looking to beef up our fossil collection and are looking for all the major phyla: Echinoderms, brachiopods, mollusks (bivalves, cephalopods, gastropods), arthropods (trilobites and more!), corals (Cnidaria), Porifera, Bryozoa, vertebrates (Chordata), etc. Looking for both actual standalone specimens or in the rock still (showing different environments of deposition). We are looking for fossil preservation examples, and also for good trace fossil evidence. Got any sediment grain samples from cool locales? We'll take them! If you have anything else you think provides a good 'story' in the rock, we are willing to check it out! We are collecting ASAP to assess how much needs to be ordered for the fall course. Please contact Jill Krezoski at JillKski@hotmail.com or Don Barrie at dbarrie@sdccd.edu with queries or samples.

ROCK DONATIONS NEEDED: Amy Romano, one of our former student members, is looking for rock donations. Amy is currently attending Humboldt State University and majoring in Geology. She is very involved with Humboldt's Geology Club, and every year the club holds a rock auction to support their activities. If you have any rocks to donate, please contact Amy at ajr612@humboldt.edu.

Annual Scholarship Awards by the San Diego Association of Geologists, a program of the San Diego Geological Society, Inc.

A primary function of the San Diego Association of Geologists (SDAG) is to support academic opportunities in geology and related sciences. By-laws of the San Diego Geological Society (SDGS) specify the support of academic opportunity ranging from elementary through graduate levels. The SDAG scholarship program has supported academic research in higher education by awarding scholarships annually to students from two-year and four-year undergraduate and master's level programs. Awards are for outstanding research in geology and related sciences. Nominations are solicited from individual faculty and from geology or related science departments at accredited academic institutions. Evaluation of the relative merit of each nominee is based on an abstract describing the objectives and results of the research being conducted by the student and on the letter of recommendation by the student's mentor or nominating committee.

The annual timeline is as follows:
  • Request for nominations occurs in September.
  • Nomination letters and research abstracts are received by the Scholarship Coordinator in mid to late October.
  • Awardees and their nominators are invited to attend the December SDAG dinner meeting. Scholarship awards are distributed to the student during the December meeting.
  • Students accepting awards are required to give a presentation of their research results usually at a spring dinner meeting of SDAG.
For further information contact SDGS Board at http://www.sandiegogeologicalsociety.org/contact.html through the Contact Us option

SDAG RESEARCH TOOL

A comprehensive listing of all papers published by SDAG, whether as annual field trip guidebooks or special publications, is available on our website. Entries are sorted by primary author, or chronologically by date of publication, from our first guidebook in 1972, up the San Luis Rey River in 2013, from Coast to Cactus in 2014, and finally over the edge to the Coyote Mountains in 2015. These can be accessed or downloaded as .pdf files. They are fully searchable in Adobe Reader or Acrobat, so if you are researching a topic, "tsunami" for example, you can search for that keyword. This listing will be updated as new books are published. Thanks to Greg Peterson and Hargis + Associates, Inc., for making this possible. See the links below:
SDAG publications sorted by senior author.
SDAG publications sorted chronologically.

Request for Sponsors: 2018 SDAG/SDGS and Publication SPONSORS

On behalf of the San Diego Geological Society, Inc. (SDGS), a public benefit 501(c)3 nonprofit educational corporation, we would like to request tax deductible Donations at our San Diego Association of Geologists (SDAG)

The list of paid Sponsors and the forms to become a Sponsor are located on the SDAG web site at: http://www.sandiegogeologists.org/Sponsors.html.
Your donation will further the SDGS mission to promote geology and related fields in the greater San Diego region, operating through the San Diego Association of Geologists (SDAG), a committee of SDGS. To achieve our primary educational objective, we organize frequent field trips and maintain a program of monthly meetings featuring speakers on current geological topics. We also publish field trip guidebooks and other publications related to geology and natural history. We encourage scholarship and research by awarding scholarships from the elementary through graduate levels. With your $100 "EMERALD" donation, your name/business will be listed as a sponsor on the SDAG web site (http://www.sandiegogeologists.org/) and in the monthly SDAG meeting newsletters. With your $500 "RUBY" or $1,000 or more "DIAMOND" level donation, your business card will also be included on the SDAG web site and in the monthly SDAG meeting newsletters. In addition, as a "$1,000 or more DIAMOND" level donation you will be presented with a thank you plaque. Should you have any questions regarding a Sponsorship, please contact our non-profit SDGS Secretary (Diane Murbach) at 619-865-4333.

SDGS/SDAG

As many of you are aware, the San Diego Geological Society (SDGS) was formed in early 2010 as an official non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, and SDAG is now an organization under this corporation. The reasons for doing this were many and they are spelled out in an informational sheet, the Business Plan of SDGS. The officers of SDGS should be very familiar to you, as they are all past presidents of SDAG. For those of you that would like to read more about SDGS and what it means to SDAG, check out the informational page on the website. Also check out the website www.sandiegogeologicalsociety.org.

GSA meetings

2018 GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana


Annual Meeting 2018
Field Trip Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017
Session and Short Courses Deadline: February 1, 2018
Abstract Deadline: August 14, 2018
Meeting Dates: November 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana

VINTAGE SDAG GUIDEBOOKS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD!

If you want to complete your collection, or just see what SDAG was up to in the 1970s, check out our website's publication page, and scroll all the way down: http://www.sandiegogeologists.org/Publications.html In addition to our very first publication in 1972, a field trip to Otay Mesa, you'll find our 1973 Geology and Hazards of San Diego volume, the first of two guidebooks to the Coronado Islands, in 1978, and our 1987 field guide to the gold mines of Julian. Happy reading!

WAREHOUSE AND OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE in El Cajon
Short-term rental or long-term lease. Warehouse from 3125 to 6250 sq. ft. Two remodeled offices. Mix and match to meet your needs. Ideal for geotech operations; best possible rates, and we are geology friendly. Contact Lowell Lindsay at Sunbelt Publications 619-258-4911 x110.

SDAG Wear - Monte (Murbach) has a variety of shirts, hats, visors and even a nice vest with the SDAG logo. A small selection is available for purchase at the meetings; all SDAG wear can be ordered from Monte.

DO YOU HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT?? Do you have an event, job opening, field trip or other announcement you would like to share with our members?? Just call or email our SDAG Secretary.

San Diego State University

Wednesday seminars, 1 - 2 pm, SDSU in the Chemistry-Geology Building, room CSL-422. Check http://www.geology.sdsu.edu/seminars/ for details.
Department of Geological Sciences
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-1020
FAX (619) 594-4372           VOICE (619) 594-6394
*****Parking near campus is limited. There are two lots of meters on the SE side of campus off College, for example and it would be about a 5 minute walk from there. The first lot is meters, and the deeper lot is less expensive ticket machine. *****
The Gordon Gastil Endowed Scholarship Fund continues to seek donations of any amount. Gifts of $ 500.00 or more will be recognized on a plaque to be placed in the remodeled Geology Building. Donations can be sent through SDAG, or contact Pia or Marie, Department of Geological Sciences, SDSU, at (619) 594-5586.

AAPG Student Chapter
American Association of Petroleum Geologists - San Diego State University

Jennifer Luscombe (current student M.S. student at SDSU) and the SDSU-AAPG student chapter officers are beginning the 2016/2017 academic year. Their intention is to support student interest in petroleum and geology related fields. The AAPG student officers are currently organizing an event to stockpile the students with geology supplies and funds to attend the AAPG event in Las Vegas and GSA event in Denver. Details of the event will be forthcoming.

Association for Environmental Health and Sciences


Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists
AEG San Diego Chapter
AEG Inland Empire Chapter


Coast Geological Society


Inland Geological Society


Los Angeles Basin Geological Society

Meetings are generally held the 4th Thursday of the month at 11:30AM at the Grand at Willow (check their website http://www.labgs.org/ for their newsletter, for more details, and to make a reservation). Reservations Are Essential.

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.,
Southern California Mining Section


South Coast Geological Society

The SCGS usually meets on the first Monday of every month, in Orange County. For more SCGS information, visit their website at: http://www.southcoastgeo.org.


West Coast PTTC

Check the West Coast Petroleum Technology Transfer Council website http://www.pttc.org/west_coast/west_coast_home.htm/ for workshop date and location.

Our website manager, Carolyn Glockhoff, can create a link from any Corporate Sponsor's listing on the SDAG website to its company website, if one exists. Also, please send the URLs of your favorite geology sites to carolyn@caro-lion.com for listing on the Geologic Links page. These could be data resources, schools, useful government contacts, geologic software, contractors, laboratories, your own company's website, or anything you think would be useful to your colleagues.

DO YOU HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT?? Do you have an event, job opening, field trip or other announcement you would like to share with our members?? Just call or email Adam Avakian 2018 SDAG Secretary. Any news regarding upcoming events that may be of interest to the Association or news of your business can be submitted.

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