November 2013

The Geological Society of America is sponsoring a Special Volume titled:
Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development:
Toward a Sustainable Future

We invite all (geoscientists and non-geoscientists alike) to consider submitting a paper to be included in this important volume that will appear in early 2015.

March 3, 2013

Greg Wessel, President of Geology In The Public Interest, will chair a session at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.  The session is entitled "Geology for the Common Good: Sustainable Resources for the 21st Century."

Geology In The Public Interest just received notification that our proposal for a session at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (to be held in Denver, Colorado from October 27th to 30th, 2013) has been accepted.  A Call For Papers will be issued soon. 

Three internationally known scholars will be participating in the session:

Dr. Penny Sackett, Australian National University, Endangered Elements: Conserving the Building Blocks of Life.

Dr. Nicholas Robins, North Carolina State University, Mercury, Mining, and the Ecological Cost of Empire.

Dr. Osvaldo Arce Burgoa, La Paz, Bolivia, Cooperatives, the Future of Mining, and Challenges for Geologists.

This session focuses on the future of mineral and energy resource utilization, how mining can evolve to become part of a sustainable economy, unconventional and waste-stream recovery, and the resulting challenges faced by geoscientists.  Papers will highlight some unsustainable practices from the past, identify those practices that have utility in the future, present examples of waste streams and other unconventional resources that can be recovered, and propose models for how we might re-invent our concept of mining and fossil fuel production, bringing it forward into the social and political realities of the 21st century.

Scientists and engineers who would like to participate are urged to visit the GSA website for further information (which should be posted soon at or to contact Greg Wessel at

Geology for Society and the Environment