During May 2002, Senior Research Scientist Bob Hardage
spent 12 days at sea as a member of a research group assisting
Louisiana State University (LSU)
and the Minerals Management Services
(MMS) acquire ground-truth information across gas hydrate
deposits in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Principal investigators of this project included Dr.
Harry Roberts (LSU) and Jesse Hunt
The research party used the Harbor
Branch Oceanographic Institute vessel "Seward
Johnson II" and its "Johnson Sealink" deepwater
research submarine. The Sealink can accommodate four people
and operate at water depths of 3000 feet. Bob made a traverse
of approximately 1 km across a study area at a water depth
of 2360 feet, videotaping seafloor features and collecting
shallow sediment samples.
Exposure of thin-bedded, basin plain
turbidites at La Scalacce, in the Appenine Mountains near
Dave Jennette was invited to participate
in a workshop titled "Deepwater
Turbidite Reservoirs" preceeding the annual meeting
of the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.
The workshop was held at the University
of Parma, Italy, and hosted byDr. Emiliano
Mutti. More than 30 researchers from around the world
presented papers, attended a two-day field trip to the Appenines,
and participated in a thematic discussion on the future of
research in deepwater reservoirs. Dave presented "Slope
and Basin-Floor Reservoirs from the Miocene and Pliocene of
the Veracruz Basin, Southeastern Mexico" (coauthored
by Khaled Fouad, Tim Wawrzyniec,
Dallas Dunlap, Rafael Múñoz,
Javier Meneses-Rocha, and Jorge E.
Thirty K-12 teachers from Aldine
ISD in Houston visited the Bureau on May 30, 2002,
for a day of instruction and presentations by Bureau and
UTIG scientists. The teachers enjoyed hearing about current
research studies at the Bureau and UTIG and were provided
with instruction on activities that they could perform in
the classroom. 06/06/02.
Coastal geologist Tiffany
Hepner talks about the Bureau's High School
Beach Monitoring Program to teachers from Aldine ISD.
Scott W. Tinker and Senior Research Scientist
Charlie Kerans held a 2-day short course
on carbonate sequence stratigraphy for Bureau staff on May
2324, 2002. The course was presented as a general introduction
for Bureau geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, and
engineers who are currently or may soon be involved with a
growing number of Bureau carbonate reservoir studies. The
course included lectures, exercises, and examination of core
material from selected Cretaceous, Permian, and Pennsylvanian
carbonate reservoir strata. Eleven BEG staff attended the
course, which is the first in a series of internal courses
designed to broaden the experience base of BEG researchers
and to ensure a flow of information between areas of expertise.
May 2024, 2002, Research Scientist Mike R.
Hudec led an AAPG Field
Seminar in and around Utah's Canyonlands and Arches
National Parks. The title of his seminar, which focused
on salt structures, was "Salt
and Extensional Tectonics in the Paradox Basin, Utah."
Attendees included representatives from Norway, Germany,
the Netherlands, the U.S. Department
of the Interior, and several oil and service companies.
The scenery and geology were spectacular as always.
Bureau of Economic Geology is partnering with iReservoir.com
to serve iProject, an
internet-based integrated workflow process and data distribution
system. At the Bureau this week for system setup and training
were, from left to right, Dr. Kevin Godbey,
Dr. Hai-Zui Meng, and Steve Hoye.
To learn more about iProject, visit the iReservoir.com
Jim Gibeaut and Associate Director Eric C.
Potter, through the efforts of the Bureau's Latin
America liasion, Luis Sánchez-Barreda, visited the
offices of SEMERNAT (Secretariat of
the Medio ambiente and Natural Recursos) in Mexico
City, Mexico, on May 17, 2002, and met with the Undersecretary
for Environmental Protection, Mr. Raul Arriaga
Becerra. SEMERNAT is the agency responsible for protecting
Mexico's environment and natural resources. 06/03/02
Director Eric C. Potter recently traveled
south of the border to participate in the annual Texas
Trade and Investment Mission held in Mexico City on
May 1517, 2002. The mission, organized by the Texas
Department of Economic Development
and the Texas Railroad Commission, is designed for
Texas companies interested in doing business with the upstream
energy sector in Mexico. 05/31/02
Scientist Associate Randy Remingtonpresented,
"Identifying Fault Compartmentalization
in the Middle Frio Sandstones, Redfish Bay, South Texas,"
at the Bureau's Friday Seminar series May 10, 2002 at
from the World Bank visited
the Bureau on May 7 to discuss potential environmental research
in Latin America. Pictured from left to right: (standing)
Drs. Jeff Paine, Roberto Gutiérrez,
Scott Tinker, Antonio Rocha Magathães,
and John Redwood; (seated) Bill White,
Alan Dutton, and Jay Raney.
Dr. John Redwood is the World Bank Director for Environmentally
and Socially Sustainable Development, Latin America and Caribbean
Region (LCSES). Dr. Antonio Rocha Magathães
is the Principal Country Officer of the World Bank in Brazil.
The mission of LCSES is to support country clients in their
quest for poverty reduction and sustainable development.
Research Scientist Dr. Bridget R. Scanlon
was the Bureau's Friday morning seminar speaker on May 3,
8:30 a.m., in the Main Conference Room. The title of her presentation
was "Hydrologic Processes in
Thick Vadose Zones in Interdrainage Semiarid Regions: Monitoring
and Modeling Analysis." [Abstract]
Research Scientist Robert G. Loucks was an
invited speaker for the Mississippi
Geological Society 2002 "Spring Symposium on Recent
Activity and Trends in the Mississippi-Alabama Oil Patch"
that was held on May 16 in Jackson, Mississippi. The title
of Bob's presentation was "Characterizing
the Three-Dimensional Architecture of a Coalesced, Collapsed-Paleocave
System in Lower Ordovician Carbonates by Integrating Ground-Penetrating
Radar, Shallow-Core, and Outcrop Data: Application to Potential
Deep Knox Reservoirs in Mississippi." [Abstract]
from the Instituto Mexicano Del Petroleo
(IMP) in Mexico City, Mexico, visited Bureau headquarters
on Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2, 2002, for an introduction
to the Bureau and discussions on future research collaboration.
Pictured from left to right are Jorge Mendoza,
Fernando Castrejón Vacio, BEG Associate
Director Eric Potter, and Mario Guzmán