GAC-MAC London 2021 welcomes the submission of research and discussive contributions for the Joint Meeting program!
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Symposia, Special Sessions and General Sessions
A Symposium in honour of Grant McAdam Young (1937-2020)
Over his long and productive career, Grant Young made many significant contributions to the understanding of Precambrian stratigraphy, sedimentology, geochemistry, basin tectonics and global correlations, based on detailed fieldwork and laboratory studies. We invite insightful contributions to the understanding of the Precambrian in all these areas.
GAC Canadian Sedimentology Research Group
Panel discussion (5-6 panelists plus moderator) on issues of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in geosciences. Issues include disability access, racial inequality and representation, sexual harassment and sexism, LGBTQ+ as a less-visible minority with unique needs. Panelists will be chosen in advance and will represent a broad spectrum of minority groups in geosciences. Discussion topics will include personal experiences of panelists, proposed solutions, Q&A submitted by audience members in advance (including anonymously), live audience Q&A. This should take ~1.5 hours.
The topics that will be explored in this symposium include the theory and practice of geoscience education, from K-12, through to post-secondary. Particular topics could include Virtual Teaching, Inquiry-Based Learning, Place-Based Learning and more. The symposium is of interest to geoscience education researchers, practicing educators, including Informal (Outreach), pre-service educators, graduate students, teaching assistants and faculty.
Canadian Geoscience Education Network, Mining Matters, APGO Education Foundation
This session will focus on the precipitation, dissolution and transformation of minerals in low temperature environments (< 100 ℃). This session will include both field and laboratory studies, in particular research that combines multiple approaches is encouraged. Topics in low temperature mineralogy may include, but is not limited to, descriptions of new minerals, occurrences of minerals in novel environments, kinetics of dissolution or precipitation, uptake of trace metals, stable isotope fractionations and microbe-mineral interactions. We are also interested in research into pathways of mineral transformation/precipitation, such as intermediate metastable minerals, non-classical crystallization and biomineralization. Research into the synthesis or use of low temperature minerals for industrial purposes, such as carbon capture use and storage (CCUS), or the transformation of minerals in mined environments/mine tailings are welcome.
Mineralogical Association of Canada
Societies benefiting from nuclear power have a collective responsibility to safely isolate spent nuclear fuel as part of energy planning for a post-carbon future. This creates present and urgent challenges to scientists and knowledge holders in Canada and internationally that can be met by combining many dimensions of understanding the Earth. One group of challenges includes understanding, using both scientific and Indigenous knowledge systems, the behaviour over geological timescales of the rocks, water, microbes and engineered barriers in underground environments being considered for deep geological repositories. Other challenges include incorporating different ethical and cultural perspectives and different modes of communication necessary to ask the Earth, and to use the holistic advantages of applying Indigenous knowledge to work toward social license for long-term storage facilities. An over-arching challenge is to weave these different knowledge systems together equitably. We seek presentations within and across these areas important to our common future.
Magmatic-hydrothermal systems encompass a range of mineralizing styles, including porphyry, greisen, IOCG and polymetallic veins, and are major sources of Cu, Au, Mo, W, Sn, Li, REE, etc. Mineralizing fluids are exsolved from magmatic systems, may hybridize with meteoric water, and their characteristics is thus dependant on the chemistry (including redox state) of the source magma. The chemistry of the magma, in turn, is dependent on the petrogenesis of the magmatic system (source rocks, partial melting conditions, and characteristics of the differentiation process), parameters that can be related to geodynamic settings. Secular variations in the source and evolution of magmatic systems are documented between Archean and more recent systems, possibly related to changing geodynamic processes and characteristics of magmatic-hydrothermal systems. Other parameters, such as fluid/rock interactions or metal partitioning between melt and fluid, likely remained unchanged. A comparison between magmatic-hydrothermal systems of various ages may shed light on many aspects of the large-scale (geodynamic contexts) to local-scale (fluid exsolution and circulation) processes leading to the fertilizing of the upper crust by magmatic systems. In this session, we welcome geochemical, mineralogical, petrological, or other contributions that provide insights into the characteristics of ancient and/or modern magmatic-hydrothermal systems and associated magmatic systems (petrogenesis, physico-chemical parameters). Comparison of Archean with Phanerozoic and modern settings are welcomed. Multi-scale studies that integrate investigation of mineralizing processes from the scale of the deposit to the regional scale are also welcomed.
GAC Volcanology & Igneous Petrology Division (VIP)
During the development of hydrothermal mineral deposits, fluids interact with pre-existing rocks and during this process the chemical and physical properties of the rocks are changed. The resulting alteration may be distinct or subtle, and may then be overprinted by later metamorphic, structural, or weathering events. The combination of primary and secondary features combine to yield a footprint of the hydrothermal ore system, the understanding of which is important in improving exploration protocols. The session is based on the recently completed NSERC-Canada Mining Innovation Council “Footprints” project, which focused on gold, copper, and uranium, but presentations on any aspect of the geological, mineralogical, geochemical, and geophysical components of a footprint for any hydrothermal ore system are welcomed.
GAC Mineral Deposits Division (MDD)
Advanced analytical techniques and instrumentation are powerful tools that help geologists and metallurgists characterize the intrinsic properties of economic deposits, ore bodies and associated minerals. These tools can contribute to a positive revenue pathway for companies by increasing the fundamental knowledge of an economic deposit, which in turn leads to the optimization of subsequent planning and mineral processing activities, and can ultimately aid in the development of a profitable mining operation. Geological samples can be efficiently and accurately characterized using a combination of chemical and morphological information that is derived from techniques and instruments such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron-probe microanalysis (EPMA), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray micro computed tomography (micro-CT). These versatile analytical tools permit the rapid characterization of ores and minerals through the correlation of grain morphology, size, degree of liberation, compositional variability, and surface chemical composition. The characterization of these materials can help provide confidence in models, streamline processes and aid in trouble-shooting issues, while translating to measurable economic benefits from higher recoveries of the minerals of interest and achieving lower-cost operations. This session welcomes presentations relating to the application of advanced analytical techniques to resource geoscience and encourages presentations involving recent advances in analytical techniques and instrumentation, and their applications to real-world problems.
Oxford Instruments, GAC Mineral Deposits Division (MDD)
The aim of this special session is to provide a forum for discussion of research related to diamond origin, entrainment and dispersal. This session seeks to bring together perspectives from academic, government and industrial partners to improve the current understanding of diamond deposits. Contributions are invited from a large spectrum of topics, including, but not limited to, mineralogical, petrological, geochemical, geochronological and isotopic studies on diamonds and their inclusions, the origin and evolutionary history of cratons, diamond host rocks and their entrained mantle xenoliths, as well as the development of future exploration methods/techniques, including geophysical and geomicrobiological methods. Novel approaches implemented to address unanswered questions are particularly welcomed.
Natural resource development has wide-ranging, dynamic impacts on the subsurface, surface, and atmospheric environment. To ensure sustainable development, the assessment of cumulative effects in areas containing multiple past, current and anticipated industrial activities and associated infrastructure is required. Cumulative effects assessment emphasizes the interaction between positive and adverse, near- and long-term, environmental, social, economic and cultural effects that are likely to occur due to physical activities that have or will be carried out in an area. In Canada, cumulative effects assessments have been mandatory in environmental assessments (EAs) since 1992, but are better contextualized and defined under the new impact assessment legislation (Bill C-69). Traditional project level assessments did not properly consider the combined effects of several human activities on the region, and over time. To address this issue and help support the practice of cumulative effects assessments, the Government of Canada is focusing on four key components: (1) develop an integrated open science and data platform (OSDP); (2) conduct regional assessments involving multiple federal departments to better inform future project level impact assessments; (3) implement strategic assessments to develop methodologies and effective mitigation measures; and (4) integrate national environmental frameworks to assist in standardization across government. This Special Session will include both invited and contributed presentations to discuss cumulative effects assessments in relation to natural resource development, including case studies, current field work, lab analyses, remote sensing, numerical modelling and impacts of the legislative changes.
GAC Environmental Earth Sciences Division (EESD)
Canada has enormous geothermal energy potential that can support the transition to a low-carbon green economy. Development of this resource has been limited to date in Canada, partly related to the high exploration risk. Novel geoscience tools are required to reduce this risk through better prediction of the occurrence of hot and permeably rocks at depth. Additional tools that can support enhanced geothermal energy systems through opening and maintaining fracture systems can also play a significant role. This requires detailed information on rock properties as well as regional stress fields. As heat demand is more significant than power demand in Canada, work examining use of lower temperature direct heat use is also critical to support the transition from carbon based fuels. This session welcomes new work covering all aspects of geothermal energy exploration, development, and production in Canada.
Geohazards are ubiquitous in nature. They affect our daily lives and pose a significant risk to the economy and society. The most prominent geohazards include the occurrence of earthquakes and tsunamis, landslides, liquefaction, and volcanic eruptions, to mention a few. Therefore, a better understanding of the physical mechanisms, geological conditions, statistics, and effects on infrastructure and society is critical in mitigating risk associated with geohazards. In addition, the interaction of geohazards can create a cascading effect and can complicate their assessment and mitigation. This session will bring together researchers that study geohazards from different perspectives. This includes geological, geophysical, and engineering aspects of the occurrence of geohazards. Statistical analysis and modeling of these phenomena play a prominent role in quantification, forecasting, and risk assessment of geohazards. More recent advances in applying Bayesian methods to forecasting and uncertainty quantification opens new avenues in studies of geohazards. Presentations based on field studies, numerical and statistical modeling, laboratory, or field observations are welcomed. This session will foster the exchange of ideas and methods in studies of geohazards that require the use of multidisciplinary approaches from different disciplines.
The present-day oceans provide a natural laboratory to observe the structural, kinematic and magmatic history of oceanic and arc crust, which comprise a significant proportion of greenstone belts and accreted terranes. Details of the spatial and temporal relationships of crustal growth observable in modern oceans are lost during terrane assemblage and associated deformation and metamorphism. This session will highlight studies of current processes of crustal growth in the oceans using modern marine geophysical datasets, collected during ocean-going expeditions, by regional monitoring and satellite missions, together with sampling of the seafloor, to understand the tectonic evolution of different domains of oceanic and arc crust. This includes research on rates of seafloor volcanism, controls on magmatic productivity, lithological, geochemical and isotopic variations over time and space and the transfer of heat from the mantle through the crust to seafloor hydrothermal systems. We invite contributions that use these datasets to advance our knowledge of marine geological processes and apply what is learned to ancient greenstone belts and accreted terranes. This session is a contribution to ongoing studies in the CFREF Metal Earth and the new NSERC CREATE in Marine Geodynamics and Georesources (iMAGE).
This session will showcase new work in the important period between the Late Proterozoic to Paleozoic spanned by the Appalachian-Caledonian orogen. Contributions at any scale are welcome, from microstructures and petrography to orogen-scale tectonics.
GAC Canadian Tectonics Group (CTG), GAC Precambrian Division, GAC Volcanology & Igneous Petrology Division (VIP)
The Anthropocene is a proposed new series of the geological time scale with an onset in the mid-20th century. Its inception is coincident with the "Great Acceleration", marked by dramatic increases in human population, industrialization, globalization, energy consumption, production and dispersal of novel mineral-like materials, biotic redistributions, fertilizer use, increased atmospheric CO2 release etc. It represents an Earth Systems response tied not directly to human activities but to force-multiplying feedbacks triggered by these activities. If formalized, the Anthropocene will terminate the Holocene Series and the Meghalayan Stage. The geological and biotic expressions of the Anthropocene and its onset are diverse, profound, and widespread. This special session invites contributions that address any geological, biological, or societal aspect of the Anthropocene.
International Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy, CANQUA
The repeated advance and retreat of Quaternary ice sheets have produced an array of glacial land systems. Erosion and entrainment at the ice sheet bed transported material up to thousands of kilometres from their source, forming a range of landform assemblages, including till plains, subglacial bedforms, moraine ridges, eskers, and provided sediments to the proglacial environment to form outwash deposits, raised glacial lake plains and shorelines, aeolian dunes, loess, and other deposits. Reconstruction of glacial events has traditionally relied on field studies of individual or groups of landforms sometimes accompanied by surficial mapping through the interpretation of aerial photographs and/or geochronology. However, new investigative techniques are increasingly being employed to enhance reconstructions of past glacial processes and chronology, improving our overall understanding of how large ice sheets operated and evolved throughout past glacial events. Over the last decade, there have been major advances in the availability of high-resolution satellite and terrain data. This improved resolution has allowed for enhanced integration of micro-scale data (e.g., thin sections of glacial sediments) with macro-scale morphological data (e.g., landform morphology). Additionally, the increasing reliability of cosmogenic and luminescence exposure age determination is providing more accurate chronological data to constrain the timing of past advance-retreat cycles, permitting better integration of local-scale glacial events with regional geoscience data. For this session, we welcome contributions that review and/or integrate detailed field investigations and sediment sampling with regional datasets, to advance our understanding of local glacial processes and regional ice flow patterns from modern, Pleistocene, or pre-Quaternary settings.
Geophysical methods image many important aspects of our environment including: soil stratigraphy and aquifers; anthropogenic features such as landfills and archeological sites; hazards including voids and tunnels; and saline, organic, and radioactive contaminants. Paleo and rock magnetic methods provide information on the paleo-environment including: paleolatitude; sediment provenance; depositional conditions; and diagenetic processes. In this session we welcome a broad range of contributions related to geophysical sensing of the environment and paleo-environment, including, but certainly not limited to, environmental geophysics, archeogeophysics, hydrogeophysics, urban geophysics, and environmentally-focused paleo- and rock magnetic studies.
GAC Geophysics Division
The “Ancient life and ecosystems” session aims to highlight paleontological research in Canada and around the globe. This is a general paleontology session welcoming presentations or posters on all aspects of the field including, but not limited to, paleoenvironmental interpretation, invertebrate and vertebrate research, paleobotany, trace fossils, palynology etc. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the evolutionary tree of life from cyanobacteria to Australopithecus, and the events that influenced regional and global trends in evolution.
GAC Paleontology Division
Exploring environmental changes during Earth’s history is crucial to understand the complex connections between biological, chemical, and physical processes. Geochemical proxies provide unique perspectives on the tectonic, biological, and environmental conditions in the ancient and modern Earth. With the advancement of analytical technologies, non-traditional stable isotope systems (including but not limited to Li, Ca, V, Fe, Mo, Cd, Re, Hg, Tl, U) have been developed and used as novel proxies to better understand marine redox conditions, biogeochemical cycles, metal accumulations, and nutrient cycling. Application of these non-traditional stable isotope systems to different geological archives (e.g., fossils, sedimentary rocks, subsurface fluids, ore deposits, petroleum) provides valuable insights on the Earth’s climatic and environmental changes, formation and accumulation of natural resources, and the dynamic interactions among the Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Moreover, using these novel isotope systems will strengthen the understanding of biogeochemical cycles in the modern environment, especially when anthropogenic influences have been linked to global climate change and environmental contaminants. This session welcomes submissions from all disciplines involved in the field of non-traditional stable isotope geochemistry, including but not limited to: 1) study of modern environmental processes; 2) tracking and remediation of anthropogenic contamination; 3) placing constraints on tectonic, biological, and environmental changes in deep-time environments; 4) providing insight on the formation and accumulation of natural resources.
The evolution of Earth's atmospheric and shallow marine oxygen levels in deep time remain hotly debated, especially during the Proterozoic. Some suggest an oxygen spike during the GOE disrupted an otherwise anoxic Proterozoic with oxygen being driven by animal life prior to the Cambrian. Others favor oxygen levels during the Proterozoic being adequate for the evolution of animal during the Mesoproterozoic. This session will examine evidence for both viewpoints in an effort to clarify the evolution of Earth's atmosphere and shallow marine environments.
This special session celebrates the career of Dr. Ronald C. Peterson (Queen’s University). Ron is a versatile mineralogist – a mineralogical ‘Jack of all trades’. He has characterized mineral structure, composition, cation ordering, and reactivity as functions of temperature, pressure, composition, Eh, pH, and humidity. He has synthesized new minerals and found them in the field (where he predicted they would be!) and predicted their occurrence on other planets. Sulphate minerals hold a predominant position in Ron’s recent research, but over his career he has examined every group in Dana’s classification system. We invite contributions probing mineral behaviour anywhere on Earth and beyond, which seek to link mineral structure and stability to geological and environmental processes.
Mineralogical Association of Canada
Minerals are crucial for geologists and planetary scientists to understand the formation and deformation history of terrestrial and planetary materials. From regional metamorphism to planetary impacts, strain and plastic deformation modify crystallographic orientation and/or change grain size. The recovery process, such as annealing and recrystallization syn- or post-deformation, can further modify crystal structures and even change mineral compositions. Observations from microscopic and/or other techniques (e.g., X-ray diffraction, electron backscatter diffraction, infrared and Raman spectroscopy) allow researchers to investigate the deformation processes and reconstruct the possible stress regimes under pressure, temperature and other conditions experienced by minerals.We welcome studies on mineral deformation at any scale, with any technique, for any geological setting, from terrestrial metamorphism to planetary shock deformation, to contribute to this session. Integrating observations from different perspectives will reinforce the understanding of our planet and the other planetary bodies that we wish to explore.
Talks on any aspect of mineral melting and crystallization mechanisms, as well as spectroscopic (XAS, IR, NMR, Raman etc) studies of melts and glasses.
It has been a century since the ground-breaking discoveries of Bowen, Tilley, Vogt and Daly related to the petrogenesis of igneous rocks. Understanding the processes that govern the generation, differentiation, emplacement, storage, ascent, and eruption of magma, the timescales over which these processes operate, and the architecture of magmatic systems remain important challenges in geosciences. The economic importance of the resulting deposits is recognized worldwide and highlighted throughout Canada, where they host and/or participate in the formation of mineral deposits. In recent years, major advances have been made through experimentation, computational modelling, and field, geochemical and geophysical studies of volcanic and plutonic systems. However, because magmatic systems are dynamic, and involve complex chemical and physical processes that often operate far from equilibrium, many questions remain open or only partially answered. Ultimately, a holistic understanding of the dynamics of such complex systems can only be obtained with multi-disciplinary approaches. We call for a pooling of volcanological expertise to outline the current status of Canadian volcano research, at home and abroad. We invite contributions from all research fields, whether field-based, analytical, experimental or theoretical. Topics can include but are not restricted to: • Magma chamber and transport processes as well as surface and near-surface processes. • Thermal, chemical and petrological evolution of magma bodies from generation to emplacement. • Deformation mechanisms in magmas and host rocks during emplacement and eruption. • The plutonic-volcanic connection. We especially solicit interdisciplinary studies investigating magmatic and volcanic phenomena by cross-correlation of experimental- and/or modelling results with field- and/or analytical data.
GAC Volcanology & Igneous Petrology Division (VIP)
Supercontinent cycles reflect the cycling of the Earth’s lithosphere across the globe and with the mantle as a source region and a sink, primarily for oceanic lithosphere. This cycling takes place within a context of long term secular evolution of the Earth, for instance to become cooler over time. This session calls for contributions of new observations, syntheses, theory and modelling that can refine constraints on Precambrian and Paleozoic geodynamic processes, and how they may have changed over the history of the Earth. Such contributions could include paleogeography and paleogeographic cycles, the evolution of dominant geodynamic processes such as mantle (un)mixing, plume interactions with the core mantle boundary and the lithosphere, true polar wander, and the evolution of the Earth’s thermal regime, including geodynamo evolution. Exploration of the linkages between these Solid Earth systems with paleoclimate, volatiles and the biosphere are also welcome.
IGCP 648 Supercontinent Cycles & Global Geodynamics, GAC Geophysics Division
Primitive astromaterials, in which components from the solar nebula, such as refractory inclusions, chondrules, and organic matter are preserved, provide unique insights into the early history of our solar system. These samples are available in meteorite collections across Canada and around the world in the form of carbonaceous and other chondrite meteorites. Furthermore, samples returned from the asteroid Bennu – via the OSIRIS-REx mission (in which Canada is a partner), and from Ryugu – via the JAXA Hayabusa2 mission, are expected to consist of primitive astromaterials with genetic relationships to known chondrite meteorite groups. This session will highlight current studies on primitive astromaterials and their parent bodies, as well as analogue studies related to the return of samples from current and future asteroid sample return missions.
GAC Planetary Science Division
Insights into Mars as a planetary system come from a variety of data sources, including several orbiters, the NASA InSight Lander, the NASA Curiosity Rover, past orbiter and rover missions, and samples in the form of martian meteorites. The challenge - and opportunity - is to integrate these diverse datasets into a coherent picture of the geologic evolution of the Red Planet, and to understand its potential habitability, past and present. This session welcomes presentations relating to any aspect of Mars, including igneous and sedimentary geology, surface-atmosphere interactions, the past hydrologic cycle, structure and evolution of the interior, and others, over the timeframe from ancient Mars to the present day.
GAC Planetary Science Division
Remote sensing is a powerful tool for studying the geology of locations that are difficult for field geologists to access. These include the surfaces of other planets, as well as remote regions of the Earth, such as the Canadian High Arctic. Remote sensing gives us a birds-eye view of a field site, providing regional scale perspectives on its geology. It also allows us to probe a site at multiple wavelengths, providing additional, complimentary information on its physical and chemical properties. In this session, we welcome contributions that focus on how the geology of the Earth and other planets can be studied through the use of remote sensing.
GAC Planetary Science Division
Geochronology is the backbone of the geological sciences. The geological time scale is tied to absolute ages of events of the past, dominantly through U-Pb or Ar-Ar ages, and astrochronology. Our understanding of the rates of geological processes from sedimentary recycling, magmatism, ore deposit formation metamorphism etc are heavily indebted to geochronology and thermochronology using multiple different minerals and isotope systems. Also, the formation, evolution and processes occurring in our solar system is beginning to be understood, thanks, in part to extinct radionuclides, and recent developments in analytical techniques such as atom probe tomography. In this session, we welcome submissions that attempt to understand earth and planetary processes using geochronology. We also welcome studies that attempt to develop new geochronological tools, either statistical or technical, in order to further our understanding of the timescales of geological processes.
GAC Volcanology & Igneous Petrology Division (VIP), GAC Precambrian Division
The impact of asteroids and comets with planetary surfaces is a fundamental geological process. Impact craters are the dominant geological landform on the Moon, Mercury, large parts of Mars, and many other rocky and icy planetary bodies throughout the Solar System. On Earth, erosion, tectonics, and volcanism has erased much of the cratering record; although approximately 200 impact structures are now confirmed. Studies of this record over the past two decades have shown that meteorite impact events have played an important role throughout Earth’s history, shaping the geological landscape, affecting the origin and evolution of life (in both negative and positive ways), and producing economic benefits (e.g., the Sudbury mining district, Ontario). Because of this, impact craters represent high priority targets in ongoing and future planetary missions. This session welcomes submissions ranging from field and laboratory studies of terrestrial impact craters to results from planetary missions, experiments, and numerical modeling of impact processes.
GAC Planetary Science Division
The Geosciences in Canada have long been a major part of the Geosciences internationally and a leading component of our nation's scientific community. As early as 1913 Canada hosted an International Geological Congress and our Geological Surveys predate Confederation. Geoscience has been vital to Canada's economic development (the Klondike Gold Rush) , our understanding of biological evolution (the Burgess Shale Biota), and the globe's tectonics (the Newfoundland Atlantic Sandwich). Geoscientists from around the world (Charles Lyell, Peter Kropotkin, Simon Conway Morris) have been coming to Canada both to learn from our rocks and our scientists (the Dawsons - John William and George Mercer , A.P. Coleman, Tuzo Wilson). This session is in preparation for the celebration of the seincentennial of the 1972 Montreal Geological Congress.
Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA), GAC Canadian Tectonics Group (CTG), GAC Paleontology Division, GAC Canadian Sedimentology Research Group (CSRG)
The past year has been an unprecedented time of upheaval and stress in all aspects of life. In post-secondary geoscience programs, many of the things we hold most dear, such as field experiences and in-person laboratories, were either unable to run or were forced to severely modify their delivery. This session will focus on sharing teaching success stories aimed at providing exceptional learning experiences for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples may include either synchronous or asynchronous teaching methods, using technology to engage students in innovative ways, and fostering inclusive online learning environments where all students' voices are heard. We particularly welcome submissions related to modifications of field experiences and in-person or online laboratories. The goal of this session is to share ideas and experiences in order to enhance geoscience teaching and learning now and in the future.
Canadian Geoscience Education Network (CGEN)
This General Session welcomes research contributions, from the international geoscience community, in the broad field of structural geology and tectonics, including field studies, regional syntheses, theoretical investigations, numerical and analogue modelling, at scales from microstructures to mountain belts.
GAC Canadian Tectonics Group (CTG)
We welcome research contributions in pure and applied geophysics, bearing on studies of the Earth's lithosphere, mantle and core as well as geophysical case studies, theory and modelling applied in resource exploration.
GAC Geophysics Division
This General Session seeks contributions on research in mineralogy, crystallography and in mineral physics in the Earth and Planetary Sciences as well as in Materials Science.
Mineralogical Association of Canada
Research developments in igneous and metamorphic petrology are welcome in this General Session, including work based on experiments in petrology, theory and modelling of equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems, and of observations of textural relationships, geochemistry and other properties of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
GAC Volcanology & Igneous Petrology Division (VIP)
This General Session welcomes contributions in all areas of Planetary Science, including study of planetary materials, meteors, spacecraft-based and astronomical observations, as well as theory and modelling of planets, planet-forming environments and planetary systems.
GAC Planetary Science Division
In this General Session, we welcome research contributions from all areas of sedimentology, including sedimentary petrology, facies analysis, experimental studies as well as sedimentological theory and modelling.
GAC Canadian Sedimentology Research Group (CSRG)
Much of the world's resource potential is hosted in sedimentary basins as evaporite and mineral deposits, as well as oil, gas, groundwater and industrial minerals/aggregates resources. These basins are also a potential repository for excess carbon, gas storage, compressed air, and other waste fluids and materials. This General Session calls for research contributions on the stratigraphy, sedimentology and diagenetic and geofluid histories of Phanerozoic basins, as exemplified in southwestern Ontario and the Michigan basin. Specific studies based on (but not limited to) core logs, downhole geophysics, historical analyses, geotechnical developments, as well as regional syntheses, theory and modelling of basin stratigraphy and geofluids are welcome. This session complements the Pre-meeting workshop "Geological controls on the porosity and permeability variations of the Silurian Lockport Group, southern Ontario and the practical application", which must be registered for separately. This Virtual Core Workshop has components: New exploration look at Lockport Group pinnacle plays in SW Ontario and Great Lakes region 3D models and Virtual Tours that tie outcrop belt geology to subsurface geology.