WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DIVISION
West Australian Geologist (WAG)
Bi-monthly newsletter of the Western Australian Division of the Geological Society of Australia Inc.
Number 515: February ̶ March 2016 (1.9 Mb PDF file)
Time: 5.30 pm for 6.00 pm formal start (bar open upstairs before talk)
Venue: Irish Club of WA,
NEXT MONTHLY MEETING
Wednesday 3rd February, 2016
Talk title: Far field effects of continental plate collisions
Speaker: Dr Mick O’Leary, Senior Lecturer, Coastal & Marine Sciences,
Department of Environment and Agriculture, Curtin University
Abstract: Vast areas of the Australian continental crust have traditionally been considered tectonically quiescent and largely unaffected by recent deformation processes. Indeed, modern crustal deformation within the Australian plate is difficult to resolve above background noise on a decadal timescale using GPS instrumentation. However, it is becoming apparent that deformation has occurred in parts of the Australian crust during the Cenozoic as a result of stress transfer from evolving plate-boundary dynamics during the extremely rapid northward drift of the Australian Plate. Despite increasing awareness, there remains a paucity of onshore field data quantifying and dating Cenozoic deformation events. This presentation will discuss (i) evolution of the Australian intra-plate stress field as well as cratonic stress-fields in general, (ii) the significance of strain structures in terms of their seismic hazard and influence on basin evolution, and (iii) the degree of tectonic overprinting on palaeo-shoreline elevation data in supposedly “stable” locations.
About the speaker: Dr Michael O’Leary is a marine geoscientist with research expertise in the fields of tropical coastal geomorphology, coral reef and reef-island evolution, and climate change. His research focuses on sea level reconstructions during periods of known climate instability, a metric that speaks directly to the future stability of the Polar ice sheets, and tropical coastal response, in particular, low reef-island response to future sea level rise. Currently, Mick is a senior lecturer in the Department of Environment and Agriculture.
GSA-WA Student Bursary
The GSA-WA offers bursaries to assist students in their studies and research.
Up to $1000 can be granted for any meritorious project, for 1 or several students, such as field trips, for laboratory costs, for travel costs or conferences.
Applications close 31 March and 30 September each year.
View the flyer for further information and complete the application form to submit a nomination.
Bursary Flyer download: PDF doc
Bursary Application Conditions download: MS Word doc
Bursary Application Form download: MS Word doc
2015 GSA-WA Division AGM Minutes
The GSA-WA Division 2015 Annual General Meeting was held at the Irish Club, Subiaco on Wednesday 6 May 2015.
2016 Gibb Maitland Medal
Call for Nominations Now Closed
The Gibb Maitland Medal is awarded by the Western Australia Division of the Geological Society of Australia in order to recognize individuals who have made substantial contributions to geoscience in Western Australia. It is named for Andrew Gibb Maitland, Government Geologist from 1896 to 1926, who established the Geological Survey of Western Australia. The Medal is usually awarded each year and nominations are now sought for the 2016 Gibb Maitland medallist.
2016 Gibb Maitland guidelines & nomination form download: MS Word doc
Nominations closed Monday 30 November 2015 and the winner will be announced prior to the 2016 GSA-WA Annual Dinner.
modified: 30 January 2016