Eleventh V.M. Goldschmidt Conference (May 20-24, 2001; Virginia, USA)
This is a reminder of the upcoming North American Goldschmidt
Conference which is now scheduled to be held at the Homestead Resort
in the scenic Alleghany Mountains of Virginia from May 20-24, 2001.
Information can be found at the official Geochemical Society 2001
Electronic abstract submission deadline February 16, 2001. Note that
the electronic abstract deadline is only about a month away!
I draw your attention not only to the general sessions on mineralogy,
geochemistry and petrology (igneous and metamorphic), but also to the
following special symposium organized by Mike Brown and myself:
Session title: "Crustal Melting: From Grain Boundaries to Batholiths"
Convenors: Michael Brown and Robert J. Tracy
The aim of this session is to bring together geochemists and
petrologists to consider processes involved in, and the geochemical
consequences of, melt generation, segregation, ascent and emplacement
in the crust during orogenesis. These processes are investigated
using fieldwork, microscopy, geochemistry, experiments, numerical
methods, and theory. The geochemical consequences include crustal
differentiation, the production of a granulite lower crust,
concentration of heat producing elements in the upper crust and
contamination of mantle-derived melts. Keynote addresses by Roger
Powell, Nathalie Marchildon, Tracy Rushmer and Ed Sawyer are
currently planned. Contributions, both oral and poster, that address
any aspect of this broad theme will be welcome. We hope to arrange an
informal field trip associated with this theme session.
Mike and I are also trying to arrange for Roger Powell to give a
two-day short course before the meeting on the use and applications
of the latest version of THERMOCALC. If our arrangements work out,
this short course will run on 17 and 18 May 2001 on the campus at
Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Following the course,
transport from the Virginia Tech campus to the Homestead will be
arranged. The course will likely be limited to 25 participants due
to limited computer lab space. Fees should be very modest
(inexpensive dormitory-style housing will be available on campus for
participants) so as to encourage graduate-student participation.
We will distribute additional short-course information to the list as
arrangements become further advanced.
Dr. Robert J. Tracy
Professor of Geological Sciences
Blacksburg VA 24061-0420
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