The meeting is co-convened by the Geological Society of America (GSA) and Asociación Geológica Argentina (AGA), with collaboration of the Sociedad Geológica de Chile. Approximately 300 geoscientists are expected to attend. It is the first conference of this scale to be jointly convened by North American and South American geologic societies.
Backbone of the Americas (BOA) emphasizes tectonic problems common to evolution of the Cordilleras of the Americas, from the northern tip of Alaska to the southern tip of Patagonia. Topics include:
The conference consists of two full-day plenary sessions with invited speakers, poster sessions throughout the week, and two days of contributed oral presentations. Pre-meeting, mid-conference, and post-meeting field trips are also scheduled.
While GSA will not operate an onsite Newsroom at the meeting, journalists are encouraged to view the technical program online and contact participating scientists on presentations of interest. Presentations are not under embargo and abstracts may be accessed via http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/06boa/finalprogram/. Please reference the meeting and the Geological Society of America in articles written.
Media-related questions before, during, and after the meeting may be directed to Ann Cairns, Director of Communications at the Geological Society of America (+1-303-357-1056 or email@example.com).
Support for Backbone of the Americas: Patagonia to Alaska is provided by:
National Science Foundation (USA)
Agencia de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica (Argentina)
Consejo Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (Argentina)
Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
ExxonMobil Exploration Company
Rio Tinto Mining
IAMGOLD Argentina SA
Goldfield Corporation, Argentina
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
GSA International Division
Geological Society of America
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