NCGS 2009-2010 Calendar

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


Wednesday September 30, 2009

Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region – Photos That Didn’t Make it Into the Book; Dr. John Karachewski, Dept. Toxic Substances Control

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Center


Thursday October 1, 2009        AAPG Distinguished Lecturer!

The Sedimentary Record of Human Evolution

Dr. Gail Ashley, Rutger University, New Brunswick, N.J.

7:00 pm at Lafayette Veteran’s Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd


Wednesday October 28, 2009

The Loma Prieta Earthquake Turns 20; What we Have Learned From Seismology, Engineering & Politics; Dr. Jack Boatwright, U.S.G.S, Menlo Park

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


Wednesday November 18, 2009

EARLY DATE!!        Dr. Friedman Freund could not make it due to unforeseen circumstances)

Air Ionization at Rock Surfaces and Pre-Earthquake Signals

Dr. Robert Dahlgren, Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

 7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


December 2009 - As usual no meeting!


Wednesday January 27, 2010

The Earthquake of 1868 and the Birth of Seismically Resistant Architecture in California

Dr. Stephen Tobriner, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, UC-Berkeley

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


Wednesday February 24, 2010

The Evolution of Eocene Highlands and the Climate of the Western U.S. Cordillera

Dr. C. Page Chamberlain, Professor, Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford, CA

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


Wednesday March 31, 2010

Structural Model for the Interpretation of the Central Basin and Range Province of Utah and Nevada

Dr. Mel Erskine, Consulting Geologist

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


Wednesday April 28, 2010

Mars Dust and Ice: A Voyage to the Poles with Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Dr. Adrian Brown, SETI Institute & NASA Ames Research Center

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


Wednesday May 26, 2010


The Haiti Earthquake of 12 January 2010: A Geologic Perspective

Dr. Carol Prentice, USGS, Menlo Park

6:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge (EARLY)


Wednesday June 30, 2010

Natural “Laboratories” of Southern California: Integrated Methodologies to Predict Coarse-Grained Sediment Flux to the Deep Sea

Dr. Jacob Covault; Chevron Clastic Stratigraphy R&D, San Ramon, CA

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


Our usual summer break


2009 - 2010 NCGS Events and Field Trips

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



October 23, 2009

A Tour of New Bay Bridge Construction - The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects

(Please contact Tridib Guha as there is no sign up form)

Caltrans Personnel


April 25, 2010

Mammoth Rocks and the Geology of the Sonoma Coast;

E. Breck Parkman, Senior State Archaeologist, California State Parks, and

Rolfe Erickson, Emeritus, Sonoma State University