Come Join Us for the AIPG 50th Annual Meeting
On behalf of the organizing committee, it is with great pleasure that I announce the American Institute of Professional Geologists’ 50th Annual Meeting, Geology Serving Society: Energy Independence, Mineral and Water Resources, and Geologic Education. The conference is being co-sponsored by the Colorado Section of AIPG, and our supporting organizations, the Denver Region Exploration Geologists’ Society (DREGS), the Grand Junction Geological Society (GJGS), and the Rocky Mountain Association of
Environmental Professionals (RMAEP).
Our members and headquarters have worked diligently to assemble a multifaceted
program that will be of great interest to all of us. The conference will be held from Wednesday, October 23, 2013 to
Saturday, October 26th. The venue for the conference will be the Omni Interlocken
Resort in Broomfield, Colorado. The Omni Interlocken is Colorado’s only five-star resort. Broomfield, a northerntier suburb of Denver, is strategically situated between the fantastically successful Niobrara unconventional oil and gas developments to the east and the world-class Laramide exposures of the Colorado Front Range to the west.
I adopted a mantra early-on in my career and it has served me quite well. Simply put, the idea is: “Never pass up an opportunity to go to the field and never, ever pass up an opportunity to go underground.” This conference is designed to exploit Colorado’s unique geologic setting. Ten field trips have been organized with of one them venturing underground, plus several guest trips and a short course.
The Colorado Front Range provides the very definition of Laramide tectonics. The uplift of the Rockies is readily apparent in the flatiron topography of the Fountain Formation, clearly visible from Broomfield. Colorado’s northernmost Fourteener (14,000+ foot peak), Long’s Peak, located in the southeast corner of Rocky Mountain National Park, is readily visible from Broomfield. Pikes Peak, Colorado’s most famous Fourteener, is also visible at a distance of more than 75 miles to the south. A north-south span of well over 100 miles of Colorado’s Front Range can be seen
from Broomfield and includes Mount
Evans (yet another Fourteener) and the
Indian Peaks Wilderness.
As mentioned, there are ten field trips organized to-date. Several of these will visit world-class localities. Separate field
trips to the Henderson Molybdenum Mine and Mill will take participants over the Continental Divide and will ensure spectacular alpine scenery and a thorough geologic education. The same can be said for the field trip planned for the historic Leadville Mining district. Leadville is the highest county seat in the nation. Spectacular views of the Sawatch Range can be seen from downtown
Leadville. Two prominent peaks, Mt. Elbert (Colorado’s highest peak) and Mt. Massive can be seen from just about anywhere in Leadville. Leadville was also a world-class Superfund site and the tour includes environmental remediation measures that were
designed to address the acid mine drainage in the area.
A field trip is planned to visit the operating Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine located west of Pikes Peak. The Mine is owned and operated by Anglo Gold Ashanti and is the only operating gold mine in the state. It is highly unusual because of the alkaline rock types that host the deposit and that can be sampled in the pit. This particular trip promises to offer a heavy dose of economic geology in a beautiful alpine setting.
A planned trip to the historic mining districts of Idaho Springs and Cripple Creek, located in nearby Clear Creek
and Gilpin Counties, respectively, will give trip participants a thorough understanding
of Colorado’s mining roots and the economic engine that drove creation of the Centennial State.
Several field trips have been planned to take advantage of great geologic localities up and down Colorado’s Front Range. Many people know that Colorado’s famous Morrison Formation has yielded a treasure trove of spectacular dinosaur fossils over a time span of almost 100 years. Fossils from the Morrison Formation can be found in museums all over the world. A local field trip planned for the type locality of the Morrison area will visit Red Rocks Park and Dinosaur Ridge, both located on the outskirts of Denver, at the foot of
the mountains. This trip promises a thorough Jurassic paleontology education.
Colorado’s Front Range has long been a source of building materials ranging from aggregate, cement, dimension stone, decorative stone to clay, gypsum and limestone. A planned trip for the Front Range will visit numerous quarries and mining operations that produce various industrial minerals.
Dr. Vince Matthews, Colorado’s State Geologist Emeritus, will lead a field trip that focuses on the Front Range geology and tectonic setting. Dr. Matthews is recognized as a national expert on Laramide tectonics and this trip promises a thorough education for all participants.
Technical sessions are being offered in diverse areas spanning a breadth
of geologic topics including, structural geology and tectonics, mineralogy and petrology, mining and economic geology, unconventional oil and gas, rnergy, rngineering geology, environmental geology and hydrogeology, climate change, paleontology and archeology, planetary geology and space, sedimentary geology and stratigraphy, hydrology and water resource development, and special topics.
The conference organizing committee consists of Dick Nielsen, Larry Cerrillo, Larry Anna, Cindy Cason, Tom Cavanaugh, Dr. Jim Burnell, David Abbott, Sue Abbott, Ed Baltzer, John Galey, and Graham Closs. Almost all of these individuals are past officers of the Colorado Section.
I hope to see you in Broomfield in October for our 50th Annual Meeting. Colorado is the birthplace of the AIPG and it seems only fitting that we return to this locale for our 50th Safe travels.
Matthew J. Rhoades, CPG-7837
Past President, Colorado Section of the AIPG
Chairman, 50th Annual Meeting