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July 5, 2006

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October 2001

A bevy of Bureau researchers and staff attended the 2001 Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS) Annual Convention in Shreveport, Louisiana. A group of volunteers, led by Associate Director Doug Ratcliff, now begins to organize the 2002 GCAGS Annual Convention scheduled for October 30–November 1 in Austin, Texas. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 2002 GCAGS meeting are being accepted until January 11, 2002.  Visit the GCAGS 2002 Web site for more information. 10/17/01

The West Texas Geological Society 2001 Fall Symposium, titled “The Permian Basin: Microns to Satellites, Looking for Oil and Gas at all Scales,” is being held October 25–26, 2001, in Midland, Texas. Bureau researchers will present seven papers and two poster sessions. Click here to find a list of titles, and links to abstracts. For complete Symposium details, visit http://www.wtgs.org. 09/10/01

Senior Research Scientist Dr. Shirley P. Dutton spoke at the Friday morning seminar on October 26, 2001. The title of her presentation was “Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality of Deepwater Sandstones in the East Ford Field, Bell Canyon Formation, Delaware Basin, Texas.” [Abstract] 10/24/01

The Applied Geodynamics Laboratory (AGL) held a successful annual review meeting for its Industrial Associates sponsors on October 24–25, 2001at The Commons Conference Center located on The University of Texas at Austin's J. J. Pickle Research Campus. Nearly 70 oil company representatives attended the review, representing 14 of the 16 oil companies that support AGL research. [Details] 11/06/01

New and improved! The Bureau’s Web area for Publication Sales has been reorganized, revised and updated to enable Bureau visitors to locate Bureau pubs with greater efficiency. And the good news continues—a search engine is next! Click here to visit the updated site. 10/17/01

Researchers from the Bureau’s Coastal Studies Group recently traveled to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to conduct a NASA-sponsored LIDAR survey to develop calibration techniques for GLAS, the Geosciences Laser Altimetry System. GLAS will be the primary instrument carried by the NASA satellite, ICESat (Ice, Clouds, and Elevation Satellite), scheduled for launch in mid-2002. [Details] 10/11/01


Dr. Jim Gibeaut and scientists from Scripps and the UT Center for Space Research take a break from mapping the salt flats with GPS.
The annual technical review meeting for sponsors of the Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory for Carbonate Studies (RCRL) was held in early October at Bureau headquarters in Austin. The review was preceded by field trips to the Sierra Diablo Range north of Van Horn, Texas, and Walnut Canyon, near White’s City, New Mexico. (Details) 10/18/01

Cathy L. Farmer, Senior Staff Geologist, BP Houston, was guest speaker for the Bureau's Friday morning seminar on October 12, 2001. The title of her presentation was "The Red Mango Area—Discovery and Delineation of a 3 Tcf Gas Field, Columbus Basin, Offshore Trinidad." [Abstract] 10/09/01

In celebration of national Earth Science Week (ESW) 2001, 600 middle-school students from in and around Austin converged at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 to attend Austin's ESW Career-Day Fair. Bureau researcher and Austin ESW Consortium Chair Sigrid Clift, together with other ESW consortium members, volunteer geoscientists, and geoscience exhibitors, have developed the Career-Day Fair to help students learn about careers in the geosciences. For more information about ESW, visit the ESW web site here. 10/09/01


Dr. Scott Tinker reads the Texas Earth Science Week proclamation signed by Governor Perry to students during the Career Fair opening ceremony.

Cindy Carr, from Austin Community College, describes core from the Edwards Formation to Pflugerville ISD Park Crest Middle School students and Bureau Director Dr. Scott Tinker.

Bureau Research Scientist Dr. Timothy F. Wawrzyniec  presented “Dextral Shear Along the Eastern Margin of the Colorado Plateau—a Kinematic Link Between Laramide Contraction and Rio Grande Rifting (ca. 75 Ma to 13 Ma)” at the Bureau’s morning seminar Wednesday, October 3, 2001. [Abstract] 10/02/01


Open fracture in a horizontal core, Rocky Mountain region.

On October 1, Researcher Dr. Steve Laubach traveled to Denver and presented two papers at the Structural Traps and Fractured Reservoirs of the Rocky Mountain Region Fall Symposium sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. The papers were titled "Identifying open fractures in Rocky Mountain reservoirs" and "Drilling and stimulation strategy: Are open fractures aligned with maximum horizontal stress in the Rockies?" Dr. Laubach also visited with several Denver-based Fracture Research and Application Consortium members. Click here for information about the meeting. 09/28/01