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
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.
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."
Applied Geodynamics Laboratory
(AGL) held a successful annual review meeting for its Industrial
Associates sponsors on October 2425, 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]
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]
Dr. Jim Gibeaut and scientists from
Scripps and the UT Center for Space Research take a break from
mapping the salt flats with GPS.
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)
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]
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.
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.
Research Scientist Dr. Timothy F. Wawrzyniec
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.
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