Next week, on May 24, 25 and 26 about 60 geologists will convene in Flagstaff to discuss, debate and pontificate about how the Colorado River may have come into existence. Although there likely will not be a single, defining answer at the end of all this discussion, the field does seem to move incrementally towards greater truths about the mysteries and puzzles of the Southwest's master stream.
Many of the old names will be familiar to those who have poked around in this everlasting debate; Ivo Lucchitta and Dick Young being the main two and the only ones who also attended the symposiums in 1964 and 2000. But many more newer faces will certainly liven up the atmosphere. Look here for a list of the attendees and the abstracts which have been submitted. I will be in attendance for all of the proceedings and hope to post blogs each and every day as the events happen. However, a gathering of minds such as this is bound to be an exhaustive affair and I make no promises! Do look here as often as you can and I will post many interesting readings from the workshop.