NCGS 2012-2013 Calendar

Please click on the available links to view the abstract and speaker biographies; for previous yearly calendar of events see bottom of page)


September 26, 2012

Cindy Pridmore, California Geological Survey

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California Tsunamis: State Inundation Maps and Lessons Learned from the Japan 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


October 24, 2012 (ONE WEEK EARLY!)

Dr. Ray Wells, US Geological Survey

"Revolutionary" Tectonics in the Pacific Northwest: The Role of Rotating Microplates and Mega-Blocks Along the Cascadia Convergent Margin

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


November 28, 2012

Dr. Patrick Muffler, US Geological Survey, Geologist Emeritus

Lassen Volcanic National Park -- a wonderland of volcanoes and thermal features

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


Our Usual December Break


January 30, 2013

Scott Bennett, PhD Candidate and NCGS Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarship Awardee, UC Davis

Testing the Role of Rift Obliquity in the Formation of the Gulf of California

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge

February 27, 2013

Dr. David A. Osleger, UC Davis        CANCELED; FAMILY EMERGENCY

Paleo-precipitation records from Lake Tahoe cores

Dr. John Karachewski, Geoscapes and Department of Toxics Substance Control

Geologic Landscapes of Mt. Diablo (no abstract available)

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


March 4, 2013                        AAPG Distinguished Lecture

Christopher A-L. Jackson, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College

3D seismic reflection and borehole expression of tectonically-controlled deep-marine reservoirs; examples from the Northern North Sea hydrocarbon province

Approx. 1:00 P.M.  Chevron, San Ramon; TBA


March 27, 2013

Dr. Greg Balco, Berkeley Geochronolgy Center
Applications of cosmogenic-nuclide geochemistry and low-temperaturethermochronometry to Earth surface processes

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge

April 19 to 25 April 2013   
No April NCGS Meeting!

Pacific Section AAPG Convention

Monterey, CA

Registration and Details:


May 29, 2013  NCGS Dinner Meeting

Results from the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity’s Geological Investigations of the Surface of Mars

Dr. David F. Blake, Principal Investigator, Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity, NASA Ames Research Center

6:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge

June 26, 2013

Science support for improved management of sediment in Bay Area watersheds, creeks, and San Francisco Bay

Dr. Lester McKee and Sarah Pearce, San Francisco Estuary Institute


7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge




2012 - 2013 NCGS Events and Field  Trips

(When available, click on the following links to download field trip applications)



Saturday, October 20, 2012  (Sorry teachers' Only!)

Geological Field Trip on Mount Diablo – A Teachers’ Workshop For Earth Science Day

Dr. Ray Sullivan, Emeritus, San Francisco State University

in association with

the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA), Mount Diablo State Park,

and the Bay Area Earth Science Institute (BAESI)


Friday, November 2, 2012

The Caldecott Fourth Bore Project; Tunneling Through a Miocene Plate Boundary

Chris Risden, Engineering Geologist, California Department of Transportation and

Ivy Morrison, Public Information Officer, Caldecott Fourth Bore Project


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Geology of the Golden Gate Headlands

Dr. William Elder, Golden Gate National Recreation Area