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November 30, 2005

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January 2005

Jerry Bellian rappelled 145 feet down into Devils Sinkhole, Edwards County, Texas, to survey the geometry of the cave using land-based lidar scanning technology called ILRIS. The data will be used to create a realistic visualization of the hydrology of the Edwards aquifer for an exhibit at the Witte Museum in San Antonio. A team including Texas Cave Management Association, Bexar County Grotto of the National Speleological Society, staff of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, Boy Scouts, and Texas Parks and Wildlife provided access, training, and support for the venture. 1/25/05

 

Photograph by Allan Cobb.

Bridget Scanlon visited the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna January 10-13 to participate in a meeting about the development of a global recharge map.
Researchers from around the world attended the meeting and delivered presentations on recharge studies in China, Africa, India, and Europe. Different uses for such a map were evaluated, including assessing the sustainable development of water resources to meet one of the

 

United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the world’s population currently without clean water. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to develop collaborative efforts with researchers on many topics being evaluated at the Bureau, including recharge and surface water/groundwater interactions. 1/25/05

Granite Mountain Stone Design, a division of Cold Spring Granite Company, has a showroom for the public in Marble Falls that showcases the various granites that they produce around the world.

 

Cold Spring Granite Company is a major producer of the world’s granite. Cold Spring’s Texas Division, located just west of Marble Falls in the Llano Uplift, has a large quarry where they produce dimension stone from the Town Mountain Granites. Dale Klingsporn, representing Cold Spring, has generously agreed to be the supplier of granite for the BEG Texas Rock kits. More than

5,000 kits are purchased each year by teachers, informal science educators, and others to educate students about Texas rocks and minerals. The Bureau gratefully acknowledges Cold Spring’s support of this endeavor. 1/25/05

Scott Tinker, Eric Potter, and Luis Barreda traveled to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, January 15-19 to discuss possible opportunities for a Jackson School/ BEG research partnership with Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB).

 

Pictured here (l to r) are YPFB’s Presidente Ejecutivo Jaime Barrenechea, Scott Tinker, and Manuel Arellano, who facilitated the trip. In addition to the meetings, YPFB executives treated BEG’s team to a tour of their newly remodeled offices, the well-organized data center, and their impressive core and cuttings storage facility. 1/21/05

 

The Bureau’s Friday seminar speaker on January 21 was Joshua Rosenfeld, who presented “Evaporative Drawdown of the Gulf of Mexico at the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary.” Rosenfeld, who holds a Ph.D. in Geology (1981) from State University of New York at Binghamton, was a petroleum geologist for 20 years with Amoco and is currently with Veritas Exploration Services. 1/21/05

Ramon Trevino was the invited monthly luncheon presenter at the December 15 meeting of the Corpus Christi Geological Society and the Coastal Bend Geophysical Society. The title of his presentation, which he also gave at the Corpus Christi Town Club, is Sequence of the South Texas Oligocene: Understanding the Relationship between Shale Tectonism and Lowstand Deposition. [Abstract] 1/20/05

 
 

Steve Laubach and Randy Marrett spent two weeks of December in northwest Argentina conducting field work in fractured rocks in a fold-thrust belt. The trip was also an opportunity to prepare for the Fracture Research and Application Consortium’s South

American Research Meeting, which is currently in the planning stages. 1/20/05

On January 10 representatives from State and Federal institutions met at the Bureau to discuss status, future plans, coordination, and needs of GPS networks in Texas and Louisiana. Dr. Roy Dokka from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (pictured), spoke about his experience in establishing the Louisiana Spatial Reference Center. Mr. Bob Traylor (Texas Commission on

 

Environmental Quality) and Dr. Juan Moya (Texas General Land Office) organized the meeting, which was hosted by Bureau researcher Dr. Jim Gibeaut. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, which is embarking on a Texas Height Modernization Program; the National Geodetic Survey; and the Texas Department of Transportation also made presentations. 1/12/05

Steve Laubach and his intrepid FRAC group, who are dedicated, according to their Website to “conquering fractured-reservoir problems by 2010,” invite you to that site to see what they’re up to. Take a trip to FRAC City and click on Events for the latest. 1/12/05

 
 

The second annual meeting of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas was held in Dallas January 6 and 7. Drs. Peter Flawn, Bill Fisher, and Scott Tinker attended the meeting, which included discussions by Nobel Laureates, Academy members, and scientists, as

well as keynote presentations by NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe and National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Elias Zerhouni.

The Academy was created “to provide broader recognition of the state’s top achievers in medicine, engineering and science, and to build a stronger identity for Texas as an important destination and center of achievement in these fields.” The Academy comprises the state’s 12 Nobel Laureates and the 200+ Texas members of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. Click here to visit the Web site. 1/07/05

The first technical seminar of 2005 was held Friday, January. Shinichi Sakurai spoke on “Monitoring Saturation Changes for CO2 Sequestration: Petrophysical Support of the Frio Brine Pilot Experiment.” [Abstract] 1/06/05

 
 

BEG relies on funding and donations from third parties in order to sustain its valuable work.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation recently made a substantial donation of computer equipment to BEG to be used by graduate students, faculty, and staff in the Houston, Austin, and Midland locations. The donation consists of 20 Ultra Sun workstations, 25 laptops, 25 desktop PC’s and monitors, and 5 laser printers.

In addition to the computer equipment, Anadarko also donated laboratory equipment to BEG’s Core Research Centers, including several microscopes, a transfer scope, and a hydraulic splitter.

Thank you, Anadarko, for your continued support. 1/04/05