Why is it important to know when and how plate tectonics began, and what was Earth’s tectonic style before plate tectonics?

By Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University This the fourth of four blogs written in advance of a meeting at the ETH conference facility in Ascona, Switzerland, to discuss four related questions about the evolution of the solid Earth: “When did Plate Tectonics Begin on Earth?”;… Read More Why is it important to know when and how plate tectonics began, and what was Earth’s tectonic style before plate tectonics?

The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Newton Horace Winchell

Newton Horace Winchell Active Founder (sources: Upham, 1915; Fairchild, 1932). Personal. Newton Horace Winchell, younger brother of Alexander Winchell, was born in Northeast, New York, on December 17, 1839, and died following a surgical operation in Minneapolis on May 2, 1914. His ancestors were British immigrants who settled in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1635. His father, Horace Winchell,… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Newton Horace Winchell

On the Shoulders of Giants: A 125th Anniversary Retrospective

by Vince Matthews Serving as General Chair of GSA’s 125th Anniversary Meeting caused me to ponder a bit more about our legacy than I normally would have.  As I thought back over the last hundred and twenty five years, several of my favorite GSA members/stories come to mind:  S.F. Emmons, Frank Taylor, Margaret Fuller Boos,… Read More On the Shoulders of Giants: A 125th Anniversary Retrospective

The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Samuel Gardner Williams

Samuel Gardner Williams Active Founder (Sources: Anonymous, 1900, 1924; Fairchild, 1932). Personal. Samuel Gardner Williams was born near West Winfield in Herkimer County, New York, on August 15, 1827, and died in Ithaca, New York, on May 19, 1900. His great-grandfather, Samuel Williams, was the first of the family in the United States. S.G. Williams, the… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Samuel Gardner Williams

The Geological Society of America and its Founders – John Francis Williams

John Francis Williams Active Founder (sources: Kemp, 1891; Fairchild, 1932). Personal. John Francis Williams was born on October 25, 1862, at Salem, New York, and died on November 9, 1891, from complications stemming from influenza. He was the son of John Martin and Frances A. (Shriver) Williams. After his early education at Saint Paul’s School in Concord,… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – John Francis Williams

The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Israel Charles White

Israel Charles White Active Founder (sources: Fairchild, 1928, 1932). —By Peter Lessing. Personal. Israel Charles White was born on November 1, 1848, in Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia), and died from a cerebral hemorrhage on November 25, 1927, in Baltimore, Maryland. White’s first American ancestor, of English descent, arrived in Maryland in 1639. The youngest… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Israel Charles White

The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Henry Bradford Nason

Henry Bradford Nason Active Founder (sources: Chamberlin, 1895; Fairchild, 1932). Personal. Henry Bradford Nason was born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on June 22, 1831, and died at Troy, New York, on January 18, 1895. Nason’s early education began in a school for boys at Newburyport, followed by the Adelphian Academy at Bridgewater, and completed in the Williston Seminary… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Henry Bradford Nason