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Geologic Map Day Contest


Photo by Abi Howe
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Geologic Map Contest

As part of Geologic Map Day (October 17, 2014) and Earth Science Week (October 12-18, 2014), the U.S. Geological Survey invited university-level students to enter its 2014 Best Student Geologic Map Competition. The contest will be judged at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Vancouver, October 19-22, 2014.

This year marks the second annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition at the GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The competition will highlight student research from around the world that utilizes field mapping and the creation of geologic maps as a major component.

The top three student geologic maps will be selected for recognition and awards at a special judging reception at the GSA Annual Meeting. Students will post their maps (Session Posters) on Tuesday, 21 October by 5 PM until 6:30 PM in the Poster Hall for review and evaluation by the judges. Maps may be placed in this area as early as 9 AM Tuesday, 21 October, but must be removed at 6:30 PM following the reception. At the end of the reception, the top three maps will be selected and awarded.

The competition was open to any student earning a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree who had created a geologic map through recent field work. Winning students were recognized at the meeting, received field tools such as a Brunton compass and rock hammer, and got the opportunity to publish their maps in the student edition of the “Journal of Maps.”

Students must submit their abstract by 29 July 2014 to any GSA Session or Discipline and select the appropriate box on the form to be considered for the geologic map competition. Your abstract must be accepted to be eligible for the competition. For more information, visit the GSA website.

2013 Geologic Map Contest Winners Annouced:
First Place


Robert Mahon, University of Wyoming (MS Geology)
EdMap Geologic Map of the Saddle Peak Hills 7.5’ Quadrangle, Death Valley National Park, San Bernardino County, California
Awarded a Brunton Compass from the Association of American State Geologists

2013 Second Place


Kent Walters, University of Cincinnati (MS Glacial Geology)
Glacial Geomorphology of Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA
Awarded a rock hammer and hand lens from the American Institute of Professional Geologists

2013 Third Place


Jens-Erik Lund Snee, Stanford University (MS Geology)
1:24,000 Scale Geologic Mapping of Cenozoic Unites in Huntington Valley and the Eastern Pinon Range, Elk County, Nevada
Awarded the 125th Anniversary Volume: Special Paper 500, The Web of Geological Sciences: Advances, Impacts, Interactions from the GSA Foundation.

In addition, all winners will receive an offer to publish their map in the Student Edition of the Journal of Maps and the opportunity to be published in the full journal.  The top three student maps will also be recognized and announced on the GSA Website, GSA Today and GSA Connection, AGI Spectrum, and the USGS Website.
 All photos taken and courtesy of Dr. Douglas A. Howard, U.S. Geological Survey.

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