|Colorado Section Newsletter - Summer 2017|
|COLORADO SECTION OFFICERS|
|Government Relations - AIPG Legislative Update
2016 Proposed Colorado Legislative Bills
|ON-DEMAND WEBINARS ABOUT CONTAMINANTS YOU'RE LIKELY TO ENCOUNTER||Denver Mining Club Meetings - Mondays at lunch|
|FANTASTIC BOOK SALE at DERL|
|CSU Dept. of Geosciences Seminars - Thursdays at 12:30||CSM Van Tuyl Lecture Series - Thursdays 4-5|
|Dinosaur Ridge Event Schedule- Through October||FastTIMES Issue Available - Drone Mapping in CO|
|Denver Earth Resources Library - Premier Memberships (4/3/16)||AGI/AIPG Geoscience Online Learning Webinars|
|CSM-SEG Chapter Lunch & Learn Talks for November||RMAG Short Course- November 15-16|
|Grand Junction Petroleum & Mining Club November Dinner- November 16||DERL November Lecture- November 16|
|Predicting pressure variations in the Horn River unconventional shale gas formation- November 16||New Mexico Section-AIPG November Meeting- November 18|
|SPEE Denver Chapter November Luncheon Meeting- November 29||ANNUAL COLORADO GROUNDWATER ISSUES CONFERENCE- November 30|
|Turbidite Crash Course: Depositional Environments and Facies Architecture- December 6||Log Interpretation of Clastic Depositional Environments- January 24-25|
|Sign-up to learn more about water well resource management||SME offers a FREE Fundamentals of Professional Ethics webinar for mining professionals|
|Groundwater Issues and Science Affecting Policy and Management in the Southwest||New Water Resources Investigation Report|
Permanent Resources and Job Board
|CERCLA Section 108(b) Proposed Rule for Hard Rock Mining (5/8/16)||"Armadillos Can't Understand English", Publication (12/20/15)|
|How to make Gemstone cupcakes (10/16/15)||Websites of interest for information and education (10/16/15)|
|Articles on Colorado Geology (10/16/15)||Copper Compendium (10/8/15)|
|Colorado Mining Exhibit Railroads & Mining: Building the West (10/5/15)||60 Minutes Story About REEs (3/25/15)|
|AIPG Headquarters Job Search||Job Board|
|Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS||MSHA and OSHA Training|
|101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground||1974 Piceance Creek Basin Road Log|
Scholarship and Section Information
|Scholarship Fund||Rex Monahan Geological Student Scholarship|
|Colorado Section's Career Day handout 2002||Section President and Vice President Duties|
|Colorado Section Officers 1967-2016
Status of Colorado Legislation: Please contact your Senator or Representative if you see a bill that can stand an informed AIPG opinion. To keep track of any bill’s status as it progresses through the legislative process, use the following link, and then click on the individual bill (i.e., HB16-1004). And, please keep in mind that new bills can be introduced at any time so visiting the link on a regular basis may be advantageous: http://www.statebillinfo.com/sbi/index.cfm?fuseaction=Bills.Main&&mode=0&sortby=3&filter=b&page=1
2016-2017 Georesource House & Senate Bills and status at the following link. Bills are bills color-coded by: oil&gas, water, mining, use in connection with a State Bill Summary site: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0hog6uunr9qio7a/AAAlveqyqi1fH3CfBdWpI0vwa?dl=0go to top
(comp. by P. Modreski, USGS-Denver, email@example.com)
SciFri Science Club: #NeatRock Challenge: One extra thing to mention. The Science Friday – SciFri Science Club (a spinoff of NPRs Science Friday), https://www.sciencefriday.com/educational-resources/scifri-science-club-neatrock-challenge/#neatrock , for the month of October (because it included Earth Science Week), is inviting everyone to post “a photo of your neat rock and tell us why you think its neat”. You can submit it via the above link, using Twitter or otherwise, and scroll to look at all the other rock photos that have been posted there.
Thurs., Nov. 16, 7:00 p.m., Colorado Scientific Society November meeting, Simone Marchi, Southwest Research Institute, “The Early Evolution of Earth—Fire from Above, Fire from Below”, at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood. All are welcome. See http://coloscisoc.org/ for more information about the meeting and an abstract of the talk.
Thurs., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Friends of Mineralogy-Colorado Chapter bimonthly meeting, in VIP Room, Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Program, “Phosphate Minerals of Arkansas and Where We Found Some”, by Ed Pederesen. See http://friendsofmineralogycolorado.org/ for more info and an abstract of the presentation.
Fri., Nov. 17, Colorado Science Teachers Conference (full name: Colorado Science Conference for Professional Development). Held at the Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., and sponsored by the Colorado Association of Science Teachers (CAST) and other science educators organizations. For info see http://www.coloradoscienceconference.org/ .
Fri.-Sun., Nov. 17-19, Denver Area Mineral Dealers Show, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden CO. 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Friday, 10-6 Sat., 11-4 Sun. All welcome; free admission and parking.
Sun., Nov. 19, 12 noon, monthly meeting of the Florissant Scientific Society, at Dinosaur Ridge, in the Chevron Classroom (upstairs in the “barn” at the Visitor's Center). Potluck lunch at noon (bring something to share), talk follows at about 1 p.m. Speaker: Cal Ruleman, USGS. Cal will be giving a version of the talk he presented back in February for the Colorado Scientific Society, Cenozoic drainage integration of the southern Rocky Mountains“. If youd like to read the abstract from Cal’s February talk, find it on the CSS website at http://coloscisoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-02_CSS_February_newsletter.pdf .
Beth Simmons (FSS Program Coordinator) adds: “Cal and his cronies (including me) have been investigating the extent of early glaciations in Colorado. My [Beth’s] belief is that the “wind gap” directly west of the barn, high on the hogback is truly a U-shaped valley. It has glacial boulders in it. I believe that the extensive scree slopes on the north-facing canyon walls are ancient peri-glacial features that formed when the glacial front sat nearby. I believe that the canyons were cut by rivers flowing under the glacier that sat overtop. Cal has traced glacially modified surfaces high above the present landscape along the Front Range from New Mexico into Wyoming and is working to identify the time that boulders on those landscapes were exposed. Come hear him discuss these features and how these observations change our interpretation of the glacial epoch here along the Front Range.”
Next summer, the FSS plans to have a field trip to observe some of these features, including the Central City “Gravels” along the Casino (Central City) Parkway.
Sun., Nov. 19, 2-4 p.m., Rocky Mountain Micromineral Association, monthly meeting. All are welcome; bring minerals and a binocular microscope or just yourself. Normally held on the 2nd Sunday of the month, RMMA meets on the 3rd Sunday this month to not conflict with the NM Mineral Symposium. The meeting is regularly held in the conference room opposite the CSM Geology Museum; to confirm this or for more info see their website, http://rocky-mountain-micromineral-association.com/ or contact Joe Taggart, President, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sun., Nov. 19, Colorado Scientific Society Family Night at the Museum, open house at the CSM Geology Museum, 1310 Maple St., Golden, 4 to 7 p.m., hosted by Museum Director (and CSS Councilor) Dr. Bruce Geller and the Colorado Scientific Society. Complimentary refreshments and fun activities (with prizes) for adults and kids. All are invited and welcome to attend this eventyou do not have to be a member of the CSS (RSVP is appreciated but not required; you may write to email@example.com).
The Denver Mining Club is a public forum for the many facets of the mineral industry. Volunteer to give a talk if you have an interesting story to share; we'll buy your lunch! Contact Ed Crabtree, 303-322-7460, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule posted at: http://www.colorado.edu/geologicalsciences/colloquium . All talks are held in the Benson Earth Sciences Auditorium (180) every Wednesday at 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted. **Refreshments are served following the colloquium.**
Nov. 1 Neal Iverson (Iowa State): A theoretical model of drumlin formation based on observations at Múlajökull, Iceland.
Nov. 8 Alexa Van Eaton (USGS): Ash plume dynamics and volcanic lightning during explosive eruptions.
Nov. 15 Steve Semken (Arizona State University): Place-Based Geoscience Education: Theory, Research, Practice, Assessment.
Nov. 29 Sam Johnstone (USGS): In dry climates with weak rocks, micro-climates reshape drainage networks.
Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences October Seminar Schedule
Schedule posted at: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/geo-news-and-events/department-seminars . Seminars are located in Room 320, Warner College of Natural Resources (NR) Building on Thursday afternoons, and will begin at 12:30 p.m. (alternative dates/times/locations may occasionally be noted). Questions? Please call 970-491-5661.
November 2. Christine Siddoway, Colorado College. “A New Tectonic Boundary beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica: Probable Origins and consequences for Ocean – Ice Sheet dynamics.”
November 9. Cal Ruleman, USGS Denver. “A Glacial Versus Tectonic Model for Pleistocene Integration of Western North American Watersheds and Formation of Modern Rivers.”
November 16. No Speaker – Faculty meeting.
November 23. No Speaker – Fall Break.
November 30. Michael Wells, Univ Nevada Las Vegas. “Tectonic inheritance in metamorphic core complexes of the western U.S. with emphasis on the Funeral Mountains, Death Valley region.”
Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture October Series
Schedule posted at: http://geology.mines.edu/GE_Lecture-Series , or call 303-273-3800. The Van Tuyl lectures are given every Thursday at 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Berthoud Hall Room 241.
November 2. Dick Heermance, California State University, NorthRidge. “Holocene Slip Rates along the San Andreas Fault System in the San Gorgonio Pass and Implications for Large Earthquakes in Southern California.”
November 9. Jianqiao Wang, PhD. Candidate and GE Department Research Fair Winner.
November 16. Erick Burns, USGS.” Groundwater and Heat Flow in the Northwest Volcanic Province, USA .”
November 23. Thanksgiving, No Lecture.
November 30. Henry Posamentier, Chevron Corporation- Retired, Weimer Distinguished Lecture.
December 7. Kamini Singha, CSM Geology & Geological Engineering, Hydraulic Science Engineering Program.
November 24 Closed for Thanksgiving
November 29 – Everything Dinosaur: Talk 11 Archosaurs (Wednesday) 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge an interesting talk on archosaurs: crocodilians, birds, pterosaurs, (dinosaurs)! Meeting place: Dinosaur Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway, Red Rocks Entrance #1. FREE TALK. Tours@dinoridge.org for more information.
December 6 – TriceraTOTS (Wednesday) 10 a.m. A story-time and craft program geared toward 2-5 year old kids. Siblings welcome! Non-members: $5/child. Members $3/child. Adults and 1 and under free. RSVP with Erin LaCount at email@example.com (or send us a message on our Facebook Page.) NOTE: This event will take place at the Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway – Red Rocks Entrance #1.
December 2 – Holiday Ornament Decorating Party (Saturday) 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Join us and decorate some fun dinosaur ornaments for the holidays! Free for members - $2/child non-members. Location: Dinosaur Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway, Red Rocks #1.
December 13 Everything Dinosaur: Talk 12 Mammals (Wednesday) 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge an interesting talk on prehistoric mammals! Meeting place: Dinosaur Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway, Red Rocks Entrance #1. FREE TALK. Tours@dinoridge.org for more information.
December 25 Closed for Christmas
January 1, 2018 Closed for New Years Day
Colorado School of MInes, Berthoud Hall room 306
Nov. 2 Larry James: Mining in Peru from the 1900s to present.
Nov. 9 Peter Price: GIS in exploration, examples from Au projects in Equatorial Guinea
Nov. 14 AAPG L&L: Bridgett Marini: Hyperspectral core imaging
Nov. 30 Anthony O’Sullivan: Deep seafloor mining.
We look forward to seeing you all!
CSM SEG Student Chapter
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November 15-16, 2017
8:30 am-4:00 pm with lunch provided; Check in starts at 8:00 am
Liberty Oilfield Services (950 17th St., Denver, CO 80202)
“Sequence Stratigraphic Correlation in Well-logs a Hands-on Training Workshop”
Dr. Junaid Sadeque, senior geologist at AECOM
Since the 1970s, sequence stratigraphy has arguably revolutionized stratigraphic analyses in the oil and gas industry because of its power to predict flow-units in petroleum reservoirs. The same sequence stratigraphic principles are also presently applied to predicting flow-units in groundwater aquifers. However, even after about 50 years since the founding of the concept, many of us are still lost in the labyrinth of terminology and struggle when it comes to applying the concepts into practice. This is particularly true in case of sparse dataset from well-logs and cores, rather than full 3-D seismic data coverage.
Our 2-day hands-on workshop aims at addressing that skill-gap in inferring sequence stratigraphic markers and systems tracts for clastic rocks in absence of seismic information. This goal will be achieved through a series of interesting correlation exercises following a brief recap of the fundamental concepts. The curriculum is focused to benefit both new hires and experienced professionals by providing real correlation examples from the industry with particular emphasis on understanding facies architecture in well-logs and cores for recognizing different depositional sequences. At the end of the course, the students will learn how to avoid common correlation pitfalls in developing a sequence stratigraphic framework and how to make valid stratigraphic predictions for petroleum exploration or groundwater remediation.
For more information or to register, go to http://www.rmag.org/2017-short-course . Registration closes November 10, 2017.
Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register as a student, please download the registration form and turn it in along with a copy of your student id.
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Thursday, November 16
Join Sam Green online to see the application of traditional pore pressure prediction method in unconventional plays.
Pore pressure prediction is a critical input to a geomechanical model, thus it has a key role to play in well planning, fracking optimization, and maximizing production. Most often a pore pressure model is based on mudweights (as direct measurements of pore pressure are not always taken) which can be misleading. Applying traditional pore pressure methods with a fresh approach can prove the difference in building an accurate pore pressure model.
To sign up for this event and see other talks in the series you can visit the Ikon Science webinar page: https://www.ikonscience.com/training/webinars
The webinar series will be made available as videos on demand. Please follow Ikon Science on LinkedIn for updates on how to view. We will also use our social media channels to let you know about future topics and better viewing opportunities for your time zone.
The New Mexico Section will be meeting on the 18th (this Saturday) at the Bow and Arrow Brewery on 6th Street just south of I-40 in Albuquerque at 1:00, getting started at 1:30.
Dr. Larry Crumpler, Volcanologist and Mars Exploration Rover Mission science team member, will provide unique insight from his professional experiences.
Please join us as we also welcome and endorse a proposed new student chapter at New Mexico Tech. Dr. Virginia McLemore will sponsor from the faculty and our section as well.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Denver Athletic Club, 3rd Floor, The New Petroleum Club Room
1325 Glenarm Place (14th and Glenarm) Denver CO 80204Denver Chapter Officers will lead scenario discussion on: “Ethics Topics”
This presentation is intended to meet the requirements of various state licensing boards (as well as the SPEE annual renewal requirement) for one hour of ethics study. Members and Guests are cordially invited to attend.
LUNCHEON STARTS AT 11:30 A.M. (A plate lunch will be served.); PRESENTATION BEGINS AT NOON
Parking flat rate is $7.00 on a space available basis
Cost: $25.00 per Person (Special pricing of $25 continued. Normally $35.) Please RSVP by Noon Monday, November 27, 2017
RSVP and simultaneously pay by credit card online at: https://secure.spee.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=152
If the above link does not work, alternatively go to www.spee.org then select “Local Chapters”, then “Denver”, then “Click Here To Register”.
For event registration issues, please contact: Mike White, mwhite@ResoluteEnergy.com, 303-573-4886 Ext. 1450
November 30, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton-Denver, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207
An educational workshop program convened by the American Ground Water Trust
A 1-day conference for state legislators, local government officials, water managers, regulators, environmental organizations, agriculture, industry and water utility end users and their scientific, engineering and legal advisors.
A “must attend” program for all professionals involved with Colorado's groundwater and Water Resources Management. If your business is dependent on an assured water suppply – then you need to attend!
For more information or to register, go to https://agwt.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=262
by PTTC Rockies
Wed, December 6, 2017; 8:30 AM 5:00 PM MST
USGS Core Research Center, Lakewood, CO 80226
The fee of $250 includes class notes and PDH certificate. The Instructor will be Dr. Zane Jobe of the Colorado School of Mines.
This is an intensive, hands-on course focused on submarine depositional processes and the resultant stratigraphic products. We will discuss the geometries, dimensions, and heterogeneities in submarine depositional environments (e.g., canyons, channels, lobes, mass-transport deposits). An integrated core workshop provides hands-on learning opportunities on deep-water reservoir deposits. Particular emphasis will be on recognition criteria of reservoir forming elements and baffles/barriers to flow (i.e., stratigraphic architecture), which are critical for (1) understanding the formative depositional processes and (2) planning for successful field development.
by PTTC Rockies
Wed, Jan 24, 2018, 8:30 AM – Thu, Jan 25, 2018, 5:00 PM
Colorado School of Mines, Ben Parker Student Center – Ballroom C, 1600 Maple Street, Golden, CO 80401
Being able to interpret environments of deposition using open-hole logs is a skill most geologists and engineers desire. As important as this skill is, not many publications and industry courses address this issue. The purpose of this course is to use a systematic approach that uses the process of elimination to diagnose common fluvial and shallow marine depositional environments in well log suites such as Gamma Ray, Resistivity and Porosity and in Borehole Image and Dipmeter Logs.
Borehole image logs are commonly acquired but are often under-utilized when it comes to interpreting environments of deposition. Most geoscientists and engineers are somewhat familiar with picking faults and fractures on image logs, but the same professionals will often rely on reports provided by the logging company for sedimentology and stratigraphy. This 2-day course is taught in a workshop format and after a morning lecture session, afternoons are devoted to interpretation of logs provided by the instructor. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own logs to work on (these data will not be shared with other participants and will only be reviewed by the instructor).
For more info or to register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/log-interpretation-of-clastic-depositional-environments-tickets-39101029231
Presented by David M. Abbott, Jr., Consulting Geologist LLC.
Everyone is in favor of good moral and professional ethical behavior but few have thought about them rigorously. What constitutes common morality and professional ethics? This webinar will explore the basic concepts and definitions of and the differences between common morality and professional ethics. This includes the distinction between moral rules and moral ideals. What steps are used to determine the legitimate basis for an allowable violation of a moral or ethical rule? What is the relationship between ethical behavior and integrity? Case histories will illustrate the concepts presented and the methodology of ethical analysis.
To register, go to http://www.smepromo.com/ethics2016/
ALSO, note that (per David Abbott, Jr.)
There is an AIPG/AGI GOLI online course on the Fundamentals of Professional Ethics: https://goli.americangeosciences.org/courses/course-v1:AIPG+AIPG002+2017/about.
The GOLI course offers CEU credit for those who take it. Also the presentation is broken up with questions about the subject matter just presented, thus providing a measure of learning.
CDWR has published “The Upper Pierre Aquifer of the Cheyenne Basin, Northeastern Colorado, Geologic Cross Sections”
A brief summary of the report is below:
WRI 2017-1a, “The Upper Pierre Aquifer of the Cheyenne Basin, Northeastern Colorado, Geologic Cross Sections”; By Ralf Topper, Clinton D. Meyer, Marshall Haworth, Kevin C. Donegan, Hillary Banks, Aaron Bandler, Andrew Flor, and Matthew A. Sares
First of a two-part hydrogeologic study of the Upper Pierre aquifer within the Cheyenne Basin of northeastern Colorado consisting of a short text report with 11 plates. This report (WRI 2017-1a) is a compilation of ten regional geologic cross sections created from interpretation of geophysical logs from 200 oil and gas wells. The cross sections depict the following geologic/hydrogeologic intervals: South Platte River alluvial aquifer, Ogallala Formation, White River Formation, Laramie Formation, Fox Hills Sandstone, Upper Pierre Shale upper confining layer, Upper Pierre aquifer, Pierre Ash, Upper Pierre Shale lower confining layer.
The text, maps and cross sections can be downloaded from the DWR Homepage in the “New!" section in the middle of the page at http://water.state.co.us