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The Union Geofisica Mexicana (UGM) annual meeting provides an opportunity for presentation and discussion of ongoing research activities in Mexico in the various disciplines of Earth sciences. Because a substantial amount of geophysical data gathered in Mexico remains largely unpublished or is published in internal reports of restricted circulation, the meeting has become an important forum for local and foreign researchers. The meeting attracts geoscientists, students, and professionals from universities, research centers, government institutions, and industry. Although many research groups from the United States and other countries are currently conducting studies in Mexico in such diverse fields as seismology, tectonics, volcanology, economic geology, and geohydrology, participation from those groups is not as large as expected or desired.