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Colorado Section

Monthly luncheon meetings are held every third Tuesday, at the
Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
3677 South Santa Fe Drive, Sheridan, CO 80110
(Southwest side at Santa Fe Dr. & Hampden Ave.)
Lunch starts at 11:30 AM, Speaker 12:30 PM
Members/Non-Member/Visitors/Guests are all Welcome!

Price: Buffet lunch (approx. $10) must be purchased for entry to the Golden Corral.  An additional voluntary tip of $1/person is requested for the wait staff in the meeting room. Free parking. For more info: Contact Jim Burnell at (303) 866-3458 or dialjeemincolo@aol.com.

Colorado Section Newsletter - June 2014

AIPG Conference on Social Licensing - Achieving Public Support
November 10, 2014 ♦ Denver, CO 80203
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GeoEvents (8/25/14) University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule (8/25/14)
DIPS September Luncheon (8/25/14) Hydrofracturing Wastewater Reuse Webinar (8/25/14)
Denver Region Exploration Geologists’ Society September Meeting (8/25/14) DWLS Workshop (8/18/14)
AEG, ASCE, and CAGE Biennial Geo-Conference (8/18/14) Popular Geology Book Announcement(7/16/14)
RMAG On the Rocks Field Trip (8/18/14) ACE 2015 Explore the Summit of Petroleum Geosciences Abstract (6/5/14)
Denver Mining Club Schedule (7/7/14) USGS TopoView (05/13/13)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
Geologists Needed (8/25/14) Geologists/Geotechnical Engineers Needed (7/22/14)
MSHA Safety Director (7/16/14) GIS Specialist (7/16/14)
Senior Exploration Geologist-Colorado (6/24/14) Senior Geologist/Engineer (6/24/14)
Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS (01/31/13)
MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)
101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground 1974 Piceance Creek Basin Road Log
Scholarship Fund Rex Monahan Geological Student Scholarship
Colorado Section's Career Day handout 2002 Section President and Vice President Duties

Government Relations


(comp. by P. Modreski, USGS-Denver, pmodreski@usgs.gov)

Even-tide Adventure #11 FRIDAY August 29, 6:00 pm, Staunton State Park, US 285 at Shaffer’s Crossing. Meet at the park. Admission: $7.00 per vehicle.

Trip leader: Beth Simmons. This is Colorado’s newest state park, 12102 South Elk Creek Road, Pine, Colorado, at the base of picturesque thousand-foot cliffs of red Pikes Peak Granite. Make carpooling arrangements independently and meet at the park for an evening picnic. Take Highway 285 west to Shaffer’s Crossing about 6 miles west of Conifer. Turn right on Elk Creek Road and follow signs 1.5 miles to the park. Look for the group around picnic tables. Park info: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton

Sunday, August 31, the Florissant Scientific Society (FSS) will meet for a field trip with Dr. Don McGookey in Alma at the City Hall at 10:00 from where we will carpool up the Buckskin Joe Road to the Paris Mill, an old gold mill that the local historical society is refurbishing. Don has arranged a private tour for our group. After the tour, we will drive up the BJ Road past the Sweet Home Mine, to as far as our vehicles will take us, then walk into Kite Lake, one of the more gorgeous places in the state.

There we will have our fabulous pot-luck lunch and read Arthur Lakes' description of the same journey in 1877. On the way back down we will go to Windy Ridge and visit the Bristlecone pines and talk about the glacial moraines. See you on the 31st! (All interested persons are welcome to join us; “membership” in the FSS is “free”; just give us your name and email address as a contact for future geologic trips and lectures. For more info contact Beth Simmons, cloverknoll@comcast.net

Friday night, Sept. 5, 7:30, in the basement of Berthoud Hall, room 109 (Colorado School of Mines campus, Golden), world-renowned fossil wood expert Walt Wright will be discussing the "Mineralization of Wood" at the September meeting of the Denver Gem and Mineral Guild. All are welcome to attend. For more info (once it is posted) see http://www.denvergem.org/index.html

Sep. 5-7, San Juan Mountains Mineral Symposium, Ouray CO; lectures and field trips; sponsored by Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, and the Friends of the CSM Geology Museum.

You can see more info about it on the FM-Colorado Chapter website, http://friendsofmineralogycolorado.org/ , and a LOT more on the symposium's new facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ouray-Silverton-San-Juan-Mountains-Mineral-Symposium/224883727702374?hc_location=timeline

It will be held at the Elks Lodge in downtown Ouray; there will be an icebreaker reception and keynote talk there on Friday evening, Saturday lectures from a selected group of presenters who are very knowledgeable about San Juans geology, mining history, and minerals; a Saturday eve. dinner and talk (the two evening presentations will be of special "general interest", one on geologic history, one on mining history), and a choice of field trips on Sunday, plus directions for more self-guided field trips on Monday or whatever future time you may choose to do them. Registration cost will be about $60 (banquet will be extra). This will be a busy time of the year in Ouray so as soon as you decide to come, making lodging reservations well in advance is definitely recommended. We already have about 40 people who have expressed interest in attending the symposium (we're not quite yet taking formal reservations or payments), and we expect at least 100 to attend; the capacity of the meeting room is 150.

Sep. 6-9, Denver Fine Mineral Show, at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Boulevard, Golden, Colorado; see http://www.finemineralshow.com/

Sep. 6-14, Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, & Gem Show

Sep. 7-14, Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show, Ramada Plaza Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), Denver

Wed., Sep. 10 Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Reception & Open House, 6-9 p.m. All are welcome to attend this reception at the CSM Museum, held two days before the Denver Gem and Mineral Show opens, and showcasing new exhibits installed in the museum, with complimentary refreshments, music, and cash bar. The Museum is located at 1310 Maple St. (the corner of Maple and 13th Streets) in Golden; no admission charge; normal museum hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun.

Sep. 12-14, Denver Gem and Mineral Show, Denver Mart (formerly the Denver Merchandise Mart), I-25 at 58th Ave.; sponsored by the eight gem and mineral clubs that constitute the Greater Denver Area Gem and Mineral Council. This is “The” Denver Gem and Mineral Show: dealers, museum exhibits, lectures, kids' activities. Come by to say hello at our USGS booth and “Kids’ Corner” there. The theme of the 2014 show is “Agate”; see http://www.denvermineralshow.com/ for more info.
P.S., a note about the Denver Gem and Mineral Show. Volunteers are solicited to help with two educational booths at the show; the Kids Corner, sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey, and Minerals That Do Things!, hosted by Dr. Andrew Sicree of State College, PA. Both booths provide interactive demonstrations about rocks and minerals for kids (and anyone else). If you sign up to help at either, for at least 2 to 4 hours any day of the show, you’ll receive free show admission! Please contact Pete Modreski, pmodreski@usgs.gov , if you’d like to offer to help at either booth. Only modest knowledge about rocks & minerals required (we’ll teach you, if you don’t think you know enough!).

Monday, September 15th, at 7:00, at the Discovery Center on the west side of Dinosaur Ridge (downstairs), Walt Wright will be giving a presentation about "Cretaceous/Paleocene Woods East of the Front Range." For those who don't know Walt, he is a botanist "mineralized;" he knows more about fossil woods than probably any other person in the world. Come hear his talk - free - donations accepted at the door for the use of the Discovery Center meeting room. He will be giving a 4-day seminar in Grand Junction the following week which has been filled for over three months. For more info see www.dinoridge.org

Sat., Sept. 20, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Reception & Open House, 6-9 p.m. All are welcome to attend this reception at the CSM Museum, held two days before the Denver Gem and Mineral Show opens, and showcasing new exhibits installed in the museum, with complimentary refreshments, music, and cash bar. The Museum is located at 1310 Maple St. (the corner of Maple and 13th Streets) in Golden; no admission charge; normal museum hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun.

Wed., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., an advance note--the monthly meeting of the Colorado Scientific Society will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood. The speaker will be Dr. Emmett Evanoff, University of Northern Colorado—known for his field work in Colorado geology and paleontology, exact topic TBA but I am sure it will be a highly interesting talk. Please note that this will be a different day of the week than the normal meeting of the Society; ALL are always welcome to attend.

Thurs., Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., one more: the Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter, will have its bimonthly meeting at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (V.I.P. Room), with a presentation by Ray Berry, longtime Colorado mineral collector and member of the Friends of Mineralogy and the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society, "My Experiences in Mineral Collecting in the Crystal Peak area--the First 30 Years". All are welcome to attend. (This meeting is also taking place a week later than this group's normal meeting date.)

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University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule

Schedule posted at: http://www.colorado.edu/geolsci/colloquium.htm. All talks are held in the Benson Earth Sciences Auditorium (180) every Wednesday at 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted. **Refreshments are served at 3:30 on the 3rd floor**

September 3. Ellen Wohl, CSU. “Messy Rivers are Healthy Rivers: The Importance of Physical Complexity in Mountainous Headwater Streams.”

September 10. Lon Abbott, CU-Boulder. “A Thumbnail Sketch of Eastern Australia’s Tectonic and Geomorphic History: What is Known and What is Still a Puzzle.”

September 17. Rick Aster, CSU. “Imaging an Active Volcano using Seismic Tomography and Coda Interferometry - Recent Results from Mount Erebus, Antarctica.”

September 24. Neil Williams, Geosciences Australia - SEG Distinguished Lecture. “Deep Mineral Exploration-The Next Economic Geology Frontier.”

October 1. Pete Stark. ” IHS Resources, “Future Global energy predictions.”

October 8. Jamie Kirkpatrick, CSU. “Fault zone geometry and mechanics from ground based LiDAR and other profiling tools.”

October 15. Melanie Barboni, UCLA. “TIMS U-Pb work on dating K-feldspar porphyroblast in pluton to determine their growth rate, and thus the growth history of a pluton.”

October 22. No Colloquium - GSA Annual Meeting

November 5. Craig Jones, CU-Boulder. “Significance of the Sierran Orogen.”

November 12. Rebecca Kuglitsch / Katie Lage, CU-Boulder. “Managing the Impact of your Research, Authors Rights, and Access to Scholarship.”

November 19. Dustin Trail, University of Rochester. “Tracking the oxidation state of Earth’s mantle through time.”.

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Hydrofracturing Wastewater Reuse Webinar

U.S. oil and natural gas producers who use hydraulic fracturing are discovering the untapped potential of wastewater reuse.

While reuse currently accounts for less than 1% of the 21 billion barrels of wastewater managed by U.S. oil and gas producers each year, the trend is rapidly growing in favor of reuse. In fact, reports show 87% reuse in the Marcellus formation..

This trend is fueled by the growing number of challenges and limited options associated with properly treating and disposing of hydrofracturing wastewater. Irrigation, livestock watering, and various industrial applications are an unattractive option due to the strict regulations and high treatment costs.

Treated hydraulic fracturing effluent discharged into surface water is not a realistic option due to the questionable ability to cost-effectively meet regulations, the extremely high treatment costs, and negative public sentiment. Reuse allows producers to reduce water management costs, lower treatment costs, lessen regulatory burdens, and conserve natural resources.

Sign up for this informative one-hour on-demand webinar on "Hydrofracturing Wastewater: How We Produce It, and How We Can Use It", by Dr. Barry Stevens, in which he will investigate both the challenges presented by wastewater reuse in the hydraulic fracturing process.

Highlights of 60 min Session:

  • Issues regarding terminology of : flowback water, produced water, reuse and recycling
  • Challenges
  • Hydro-fracturing
  • Water management
  • Water pathway
  • Beneficial and non-beneficial use of wastewater
  • Market drivers
  • Cost analysis
  • Federal, state and local regulations

If interested, you can directly register at http://www.audiosolutionz.com/energy-amp-environment/hydraulic-fracturing.html?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=marco_300414&utm_campaign='EEGY0D0M

Got people to train? Call 800-458-2965 for special pricing on multiple attendee registration.

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DIPS September Luncheon

Friday, September 12, 2014
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St., Denver.

Members generally arrive at 11:30 am with the lunch buffet starting at noon.
The talk generally starts at 12:20 pm to 12:30 pm and goes for 20 to 30 minutes.
The cost for the lunch and talk is $20 for members and $24 for non-members. It is $5 for just the talk.

“The Onshore Canning Basin of Western Australia: The Next Big Thing?”
by Jeff Aldrich

The onshore Canning Basin is one of the world’s largest Paleozoic Basins with a proven petroleum system, measuring over 430,000 km2 with an aggregate thickness of 18,000 meters of shallow to restricted marine sediments yet is one of the most lightly explored basins on the planet. With less than 270 exploration wells (1 well per 1,600 km2), 37 discoveries and a complex structural history the Canning Basin has been a remote step-child to Australian exploration efforts. The recent announcement by Buru Energy of the apparent flow of commercial rates of liquid rich gas from a “unconventional reservoir” has started a new leasing program in the Canning Basin.

The geology, structural history, petroleum geology and a brief exploration history will be reviewed. The potential of the unconventional plays will be examined both from a resource potential (Buru, Goshawk, and OBL) and the above ground risks.

E-mail Bob Zilinski at rezilin@aol.com or call at 303-885-0615 before noon on Sept. 6th, 2014 if you would like to make a reservation.

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Denver Region Exploration Geologists’ Society September Meeting

Date: September 8, 2014
Social hour: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Berthoud Hall Room 241

Eric LeLacheur and Roger Newell, Midway Gold Corporation

The Pan gold project is situated in the core of the northern portion of the Pancake Range of east central Nevada. Midway Gold Corporation (Midway) is currently constructing an open pit mine to exploit the Pan gold deposit.

The Pancake Range is part of the Basin and Range Province, a large physiographic region characterized by a series of normal faults expressed as a sequence of north-south-trending, narrow mountain ranges separated by flat, arid valleys. The Pancake Range is approximately 85 miles long, 8 to 10 miles wide and is composed of Paleozoic carbonate and clastic sedimentary rocks, Cretaceous igneous intrusives, and Tertiary volcanic rocks.

Since acquiring the Pan property in 2007, Midway has conducted exploration using a number of different investigative techniques. Drill targets proximal to North and South Pan and additional exploration targets throughout the project area have been identified based on the results of surface geochemical surveys, chip sample analysis, geologic mapping, and geophysical surveys.

The geology of the Pan property is dominated by Devonian to Permian carbonate and clastic sedimentary rocks cut by the Pan fault, a steeply west-dipping normal fault that trends north- south. The Pan fault juxtaposes gently west-dipping sedimentary units on the west side of the fault, and steeply northeastdipping sedimentary units on the east side. Post-mineral Tertiary volcanic rocks nonconformably overlie the faulted Devonian through Permian sedimentary units.

Pan is a Carlin-style, sediment-hosted gold system in which mineralizing fluids ascended along structural and stratigraphic pathways, interacting with preferential lithologies to create solution/hydrothermal breccias and depositing silica, iron, arsenic, barium, gold and other trace elements.

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The Denver Well Logging Society would like to announce our 2014 fall workshop on Developments in Core Analysis.

Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Where: Colorado School of Mines
When: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Cost: Only $300
Deadline: R.S.V.P no later than 5 PM on Monday, September 22nd.
Reservations: Reservations must be made online with full payment via PayPal at the folloing URL: http://dwls.spwla.org/2014_Fall_Workshop.htm
Cancellations must be made no later than 5 PM on Monday, September 22nd. No refunds will be given after that date!
E-mail reservation cancellations to Kim Mosberger (reservations@dwls.spwla.org ), or call 303-770-4235.

An all-day workshop focusing on new techniques and technology regarding core and core analysis. Eight different speakers from both the service industry and operators come together to cover topics from NMR, fluid sensitivity, mineralogy and core chemistry.

  • Shreerand Chhatre (ExxonMobil Upstream Research) - TBA
  • Doug McCarty (Chevron) - Mineral-chemistry quantification and petrophysical calibration for multi-mineral evaluations
  • Susan Herron (SLB) - Application and Quality Control of Core Data for the Development and Validation of Elemental Spectroscopy Log Interpretation
  • Michael Lewan (USGS) - Hydrous-Pyrolysis on Cores
  • AJ Kumar (Core Lab) - Digital Rock What?!*?!* What do you really do with it?
  • Mark Knackstedt (Lithicon/FE) - Multiscale Imaging of Tight Reservoir Core Material
  • Margaret Lessenger (Newfield) - Fluid Sensitivity Analyses - When Rocks Behave Badly
  • Harry Xie (Core Lab) - High Frequency NMR for Tight Rock Cores

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    AEG, ASCE, and CAGE Biennial Geo-Conference Friday, November 7, 2014

    Save the date for the next Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference!

    The Rocky Mountain Section of AEG, Geo-Institute Chapter of the Colorado Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Colorado Association of Geotechnical Engineers (CAGE), are sponsoring the 15th biennial Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference. The conference this year is titled "Geo-Influence" and will cover topics related to the interacting (and counteracting) influences of nature, geology, and the geoscientist. Topics related to the influences of water, infrastructure design, classic geotechnical practices, and geologic hazards will be covered. Presentations will focus on flood repairs for the Great Front Range Flood of 2013, GIS modeling of economic risk associated with post-fire debris flow flooding, construction, evaluation and remediation for dams and levees, mountain tunnel rehab, and certain recent influences on classic geotechnical techniques and standards. Talks will also cover techniques and strategies for handling certain geologic hazards, including a landslide rating system for Colorado highways, a launched soil nail technique, and full-scale rockfall barrier testing in Colorado. The keynote speaker this year will be William McCormick with Fires and Floods and Dams….Oh My!. The conference also includes multiple exhibitors, breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, and a sponsored after-conference reception. The conference will be on Friday November 7, 2014, from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel (360 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228) and will cost $150 per person.
    Registration details coming soon!

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    Popular Geology Book Announcement

    Golden Publishers is pleased to announce the publication of their latest book, Geology of Colorados Parks & Monuments, by Dr. John Lufkin, Golden, CO. The book is written in a style that non-geologists and geologists alike can understand and appreciate.

    Features of the book include:

    • 129 pages in large format, 8.5 x 11 inches
    • Descriptions of 16 sites in Colorado, including all nine of the National Parks & Monuments, and seven other parks and protected areas
    • 218 color illustrations and photographs
    • Eight geologic maps redone in Adobe Illustrator
    • 127 terms defined in the Glossary
    • 86 References

    For a limited time only, the books will be sold direct from the publishers at the wholesale price of $25.00 plus shipping and handling. In ordering a book, please fill out the information on the Order Form, and send to Golden Publishers. If you are unable to print out the Order Form, then simply send me a check or money order for the book that you want. For further information, please contact Dr. Lufkin at lufk3@comcast.net .

    Table of Contents

    1.0 INTRODUCTION       1
    4.1 Rocky Mountain National Park      11
    4.2 Red Rocks Park       20
    4.3 Dinosaur Park       24
    4.4 Roxborough State Park       27
    4.5 Garden of the Gods       30
    4.6 Picket Wire Canyonlands, Comanche Grassland       32
    4.7 Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument       38
    4.8 Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve       50
    4.9 Wheeler Geologic Area       58
    5.0 Mesa Verde National Park       62
    5.1 Canyons of the Ancients National Monument       72
    5.2 Chimney Rock National Monument       81
    5.3 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park       85
    5.4 Colorado National Monument       92
    5.5 Dinosaur National Monument       97
    5.6 Trinidad State Park       109
    REFERENCES       114
    GLOSSARY       120
    ABOUT THE AUTHOR       129

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    RMAG On the Rocks Field Trip

    Floods and Hydrology - Front Range
    Saturday, September 6th, 2014

    For Professionals: $10; For Educators & Students: Free

    To register, go to http://www.rmag.org/i4a/ams/amsstore/category.cfm?category_id=20

    LED BY: Bill Hoyt, Chair of Earth & Atmos. Sci., UNC Greeley and Bob Jarrett, Applied Weather Assoc., Monument, CO Introduction and Logistics

    The September 2013 floods in the Northern Colorado Foothills and Plains were unexpected in many ways; not only were they incorrectly and widely referenced in the media as of “Biblical” proportions, but also the areal extent, duration, record runoffs, and total rainfall amounts were truly astounding. Damages to many communities were devastating, and infrastructure of roads, water delivery systems, and basic services has been extraordinarily expensive to repair or replace. We will be paying for this for many years to come. Figures printed at the end of this guide detail Antecedent Conditions in early September, Satellite Images of Moisture Plume, Total Storm Rainfall, Colorado generalized Mean Annual Precipitation compared to 7-day rainfall totals, and Applied Weather Associates Flood Documentation. Refer to them as well as the photo documentation there in order to get the big picture of how this happened, and geological hazards which accompanied the event.

    Consider these statistics: $400 million road damage; 486 miles; 102 bridges, 24 affected counties; $3.5 million crop losses; 32,000 acres (~1% of Colorados irrigated land); 225 water diversions and $540,000 in state-owned stream gauges destroyed; 200 million gallons of untreated sewage released; 14 oil and gas “significant spills”; 48,250 gallons (which is 0.02% of the amount of spilled sewage); 39,000 acres of pasture/rangeland damaged; more than 11,000 people displaced; 9 deaths; more than 19,000 homes damaged; 1,500 + destroyed; precipitation records in Foothills with up to 20 inches in some areas (typical average annual rainfall is 15 to 20 inches); up to $450 million of Federal Aid available, out of ~$2 billion total economic losses (about 22.5% of total); recurrence probability of event happening in any given year: as high as 1/500 to 1/1000 in some locations.

    The purpose of this trip is to discuss the hydrometeorology of the flood, see the damage, and various geologic hazards that still exist in canyons of the St. Vrain, the Little Thompson, and the Big Thompson Rivers. We also plan to see landslides and debris flows in the Mt. Meeker and Twin Sisters area south of Estes Park.

    Exceptional flood flows occurred on many Front Range streams, including the Big Thompson River, Lefthand Creek, Little Thompson River, Cache la Poudre River, St. Vrain Creek, Coal Creek, Boulder Creek, Sand Creek, and others.

    EXTREMELY WIDESPREAD!! How many of YOU live, commute or work within a few miles of one of these rivercourses???

    Logistics of this trip are tricky because every day rebuilding of US 36 and US 34 reroutes traffic in new ways, and some sites may have to be skipped or modified. In addition, some unanticipated road closures may occur. Communication among vehicles will be necessary if we need to deviate from the log below. RMAG has several requirements in place to encourage safety and security of all participants and leaders:
    *Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers collect participant data-sheets (which includes: participant names, phones, addresses, a contact-person, and RMAG release of liability). Those riding in the UNC van will need to fill out an additional waiver required by the State of Colorado.
    *Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers distribute this Accident and Emergency Plan to Participants advise all to read and know the contents.
    *Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers identify location of a first-aid kit and a case of bottled water. At least one first-aid kit will be included with the field trip. Leaders, RMAG Logistics volunteers, and Participants may not be trained in First Aid or CPR, though they may provide First Aid and CPR to the best of their abilities as the situation requires.
    *Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers advise participants of potential hazards through the trip.
    *Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers make a head-count; note vehicle association and vehicle drivers.
    *Drivers be ready to account for whereabouts of your passengers at head-counts.
    * Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers designate and describe the Lead Car and Trailer Car.
    *Participants inform Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers of mobility and health issues; condition prior to the trip.
    * Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers advise the group as to stops for food, hydration, and relief.

    Route Map

    Route is clockwise: Lyons, Estes Park (with leg south on Rt. 7, also known as the Peak-to-Peak Highway), Glen Haven, Drake, Loveland, then south on I-25 back to the Park N Ride at Route 66 north of Longmont to finish the fieldtrip loop.

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    Submit your abstract for ACE 2015 in Denver Explore the Summit of Petroleum Geosciences

    Earn recognition and maximize the visibility of your ideas, theories and innovative concepts by submitting an abstract for the AAPG 2015 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) to be held 31 May–3 June 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center.

    ACE serves as an important vehicle for participants to strengthen their roles through learning, sharing and networking with professionals throughout the many facets of petroleum geology. Be a part of this endeavor and submit your abstract today!

    Industry professionals and students are invited to submit abstracts that relate to any of the topics listed below. You can view all themes and subcategories on our website. Abstract submission deadline is 2 October 2014.

    • Theme 1: Unconventional Resources
    • Theme 2: Developments and Discoveries: From Known to Re-Emergent
    • Theme 3: Carbonates and Evaporites
    • Theme 4: Siliciclastics
    • Theme 5: Structure, Tectonics and Geomechanics
    • Theme 6: Energy and the Environment
    • Theme 7: Geochemistry, Basin Modeling and Petroleum Systems
    • Theme 8: Geophysics: Integration, Inversion and Illumination
    • Theme 9: The Other Unconventionals: The Expanding World of Energy Minerals
    • Theme 10: Core — The Ultimate Source of Underground Truth
    • Theme 11: The Past Is the Key to the Present! History of Facets of Petroleum Geology
    • Theme 12: SEPM Research Symposium — Channels From Geomorphic Expression to Stratigraphic Record
    • Theme 13: AAPG and SEPM Student Poster Sessions

    For more information on he meeting or to submit an abstract, go to http://ace.aapg.org/2015/technical-information/technical-program .

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    Denver Mining Club Schedule

    Local Chapter of the INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF RAGGED ASS MINERS, Establ. 1891

    Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
    3677 South Santa Fe Drive, Sheridan, CO 80110 (Southwest side at Santa Fe Dr. & Hampden Ave.)
    (Purchase of buffet lunch required)
    Every Monday, except when noted
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (+/-)

    Dick Beach, Secretary, (303) 986-6535. See past and future DMC talks at the web site: www.denverminingclub.org .

    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 about your specialty; we'll buy your lunch! Phone Dick Beach, 303-986-6535.

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    USGS TopoView

    Speaking on behalf of all NGMDB project colleagues, it's a distinct honor to invite you to the new "TopoView" site. Why is it an honor? Because TopoView highlights what many consider to be the USGS's flagship product, the topographic map.

    TopoView is intended to serve the immediate need for the older, conventionally printed topographic maps to become easily searched, viewed, and downloaded. The ~163,000 maps available through this interface were scanned by the USGS Historical Topographic Mapping Collection (HTMC) project.

    In terms of design, TopoView is an outgrowth of the NGMDB's MapView application. It was developed with guidance and support of the HTMC project, and the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP), and we're grateful for their cooperation and support.

    TopoView was developed relatively quickly and may continue to evolve in cooperation with the NGP. We're not yet sure where it's headed, but here are some possible directions it might take:
    • extending TopoView to also show current (and superseded) maps that are produced by the US TOPO project
    • providing links to downloadable geoTIFFs, and map sales
    • replacing bounding boxes with historical quadrangle map images
    • providing access to any paper topographic maps missing from this collection that may, in the future, be found and scanned.

    For TopoView's development, I gladly acknowledge the fine work from NGMDB colleagues, principally Chris Garrity, with assistance by Rob Wardwell and Nancy Stamm. And of course, a sincere thanks to Greg Allord, for developing and executing the HTMC project.

    We hope you find TopoView useful, and look forward to comments that will improve it.
    Please see:

    David R. Soller

    Editor’s Comment: Have patience with the site. It is in beta mode and a little slow at least when I tried it. Also, you MUST allow pop-ups on your browser to be able to even see the backgound search map!.

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    Job Board

    Geologists Needed

    We are looking for Geologists with field and soils classification experience for this 4-5 month project. The pay is anywhere from $25-30/hr depending on experience. The schedule is 6 days on 1 off working 10-12 hours/day so the opportunity to earn Overtime and Double time also exists.

    Ideal candidates will have experience working with rigs, drilling techniques, and most importantly experience with soils classifications and analysis according to ASTM standards.

    We have had Geologists come up from Riverside, the Central Coast, and even Las Vegas for the project as the cost of living in Yuba City is very affordable.

    Patrick Rickards
    Recruiter, Aerotek
    Environmental, Construction, Architecture, & Engineering
    3101 Zinfandel Drive, Suite 350
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

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    Geologists/Geotechnical Engineers Needed

    My name is Julie Page. I recruit and staff for TPD Workforce & HR Solutions. We are one of the approved vendors to staff for Rio Tinto, Kennecott Copper, and Kennecott Exploration. Currently we have two openings for Geologists/Geotechnical Engineers. It is a high-paying contract job to go through the end of the year.

    If you are aware of anyone who might be interested in this would you please pass my name and number to them. Below is the job link: http://tpd.theresumator.com/apply/IiOgNH/GeologicalGeotechnical-Engineer.html

    If you are aware of any organizations- Professors, or contacts that I should check in with for help in filling these I would really appreciate your help.

    Julie Page
    Staffing Services Coordinator
    Phone: 801-285-7643; Toll free: 1-888-685-3530:
    Workforce & HR Solutions
    Visit TPD.com to learn more.

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    MSHA Safety Director

    Part time to Full Time position
    Western Lithium Corporation

    Western Lithium Corporation (WLC) is seeking to hire an MSHA Safety Director for the WLC Kings Valley Clay Mine site located near Orovada, Nevada. This is a relatively small start-up industrial minerals operation. Planned start-up is within two months. This would be a full time position during start-up for the first few months. The Safety Director position could turn into a part time position after initial start-up or, depending on interest and company needs, could turn into a permanent position and involve other duties including OSHA safety at a new clay plant currently under construction in Fernley, Nevada.

    The MSHA Safety Director would be responsible for site wide health and safety concerns, implementation of the companys safety policies, evaluation of safe work procedures and ensuring compliance with MSHA regulations, including the preparation of MSHA report forms as required and responding to on-site inspections, etc. The position would also maintain accurate records of employee training, employee health monitoring, MSHA reporting, and be responsible for enforcing the drug and alcohol policy. In addition, the position would also be responsible for updating the companys Product Safety Data Sheets and product warning labels; controlling employee exposure to hazardous waste and chemicals; and responsible for the proper disposal of regulated and hazardous waste which may be generated by the company. Additional duties may include implementing EPAs Toxic Release Inventory reporting, State Air Quality permit compliance reporting, and performing other related duties as assigned.

    The position will be based in WLCs Reno, Nevada Office. Travel to the mine site would be required.

    Qualified candidates need to show expertise in the safety field. Must have 5 years minimum experience, the ability to conduct on site audits and be able to identify and correct hazardous workplace conditions. Certification as an MSHA instructor is beneficial or must be willing to work towards becoming an MSHA instructor. Additional requirements include strong communication skills, presentation and writing skills, ability to perform work independently and without supervision. Candidates must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Programs. Candidates must be able to push/pull/lift 50 pounds on a limited basis, stand for up to 8 hours, hold a current valid Nevada drivers license, and be able to drive a vehicle for up to 5 hours in one period. Position requires employees to successfully complete a pre-employment reference check, background check, and pre-employment physical.

    Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and detailed resume to:

    Jessica Maples, Office Manager
    Western Lithium Corporation
    3685 Lakeside Drive, Reno, Nevada 89509

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    GIS Specialist — Reno, Nevada

    Enviroscientists, Inc.

    Skills required:
    Skills required:
    Proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS
    Understanding of coordinate systems, projections, datum Cartography (map making, layouts, etc)

    What we do:
    Receive/process data (from clients, agencies, subcontractors, Enviroscientists’ field personnel).
    Create/edit GIS data. May require digitizing from paper products or ungeoreferenced digital products.
    Organize/manage GIS data.
    Create/edit metadata for GIS data.
    Convert between digital data formats (ESRI ArcGIS, MapInfo, AutoCAD, GPS (Garmin, Trimble)).
    GIS analysis of data (measurements, buffers, intersections, slopes, viewsheds, etc.)
    Create maps/illustrations for project documents, proposals, etc.
    Convert data from one coordinate system and datum to another, as necessary.
    Compile GIS data and send to clients, agencies, and subcontractors.

    Anyone interested should contact Gail Liebler in Reno at (775) 826-8822 and/or send a resume to info@enviroincus.com .

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    Senior Exploration Geologist-Colorado

    Position Location: Denver, CO

    This position assists the Exploration Manager of Business Development in the geological interpretation and evaluation of major proposals for the acquisition, divestment and large-scale changes to the operations of the Company in developing optimal crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids marketing opportunities and strategies.

    As a Senior Exploration Geologist you will be responsible for the following:

    • Provide innovative geological expertise as part of a multi-disciplinary team to identify, evaluate and develop acquisition opportunities
    • Perform detailed geological mapping of assets leading to optimal development projects
    • Generate exploitation and exploration investment opportunities incorporating log, core, petrophysical, regional analysis, production, and other data to assess play potential
    • Assist in generating prospects, screen and review submittals, and invitations to bid
    • Coordinate with other Company departments to evaluate prospects
    • Make recommendations for approval to bid
    • Frequently required to direct the necessary analysis on projects and involve others as needed
    • May serve as project leader on assignments requiring a broad knowledge of exploration and exploitation geology
    • Communicate key geological concepts to team members and senior management
    • Provide input for areas of future technical geologic assessment/development
    • Provide technical review and leadership in land strategy discussions

    Education, Experience and Skills:

    • Minimum ten years industry experience including actively working in the role of exploration geologist
    • Must have a Master’s Degree in Geoscience
    • Must provide a proven track record as a successful oil finder
    • Must have extensive experience pertaining to the exploration of the oil phase of the hydrocarbon system
    • Must be able to apply geological and geophysical concepts in the assessment of both conventional and unconventional petroleum systems and demonstrate adaptability to work any basin as expected within an explorationist’s skill set
    • Must have strong petrophysical and core analysis experience and be able to develop appropriate coring and logging programs for exploration projects
    • Must have experience assessing play potential incorporating multiple data types such as outcrop, log, core, seismic, production, etc., to generate exploitation and exploration investment opportunities
    • Experience working the Denver-Julesburg Basin is also desirable but not mandatory
    • Must be meticulous and relied upon to provide thoroughly vetted results
    • Must have experience working in a multi-disciplinary team and have strong communication and presentation skills
    • Strong ability to work in a consultative manner with every level of internal/external staff/contacts
    • Must have extensive proficiency with Petra and some form of petrophysical software such as Interactive Petrophysics as well as Spotfire

    We pride ourselves in our strong employee base. We are committed to hiring candidates that value a strong work ethic, have a great attitude, and are flexible team players. We offer a great company culture as well as industry competitive pay and benefits. If you hold these qualities and experience, we encourage you to apply today.

    For more information or to apply, see

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    Career Opportunity - Senior Geologist/Engineer

    Excellent career opportunity for motivated senior geologist/engineer with good technical and people skills to take over successful mining/exploration consulting firm in SW Montana. The company conducts industrial minerals and metals exploration, evaluations and mine geology. The company has a sound client base, competent employees, and efficient office facilities.

    Founder/owner is retiring but will be available for transition. If interested please call (406) 223-1139.

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    Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS (01/31/13)

    The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has published: “Century-scale perspective on water quality in selected river basins of the conterminous United States." The report provides an overview of water quality and anthropogenic changes in selected river basins over the past 100 years. River basins situated within and near Pennsylvania that are included in the report include: the Delaware, Schuylkill, Potomac, and Ohio River basins. An electronic copy of the report can be downloaded at the following link:

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    Beneath the Living Room Couch (09/19/12)

    An informed homeowner needs to know geology. Now, thanks to Google Earth, some property owners can see the trace of the San Andreas Fault as it cuts across their neighborhood, their property or even their living room. Check it out at http://www.thulescientific.com/san-andreas-fault-map.html.

    Armed with this information, does it add or detract from the value of one’s home? Home ownership for most is a big investment that needs to be protected from both man-made and geohazards. If you think your homeowner’s insurance policy covers geohazards you may be in for a surprise. To learn more, click the link below to learn why it’s important for a homeowner to know geology:  http://geology.com/articles/homeowners-insurance.shtml

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    MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)

    We have now put our latest schedule on our website. Just go to www.aandmsafetyandenvironment.com and click on the schedule tab. If you would like to schedule for any of the classes, you can either call us or click on the contact us tab on the web site.

    A&M Safety & Environment, LLC
    5815 W. 6th Ave., Ste. 2PB, Lakewood, CO 80214
    303-238-5335; 303-238-5337

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    Geothermal Energy Website (11/16/10)

    For those interested in geothermal energy in Colorado, here is a website of interest:


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    101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground (09/09/09)

    101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground is an introduction to the incredible range of activities that transform old mines into new futures. Color photographs and brief descriptions take the reader on a world tour of heritage and tourism attractions, wildlife habitats, educational, sport and leisure facilities and dozens of industrial uses - demonstrating that the impacts of mining can be converted from liability to opportunity and benefit for local communities. Produced by the Post-Mining Alliance of the Eden Project, Cornwall UK, this book is an example of how this group promotes good practice in post-mining regeneration by becoming a centre of excellence and repository of knowledge on post-mining regeneration projects.

    Copies of this book are available from their online shop www.edenproject.com/shop/101. The price is £9.99 plus a delivery charge of £5. For multiple orders the delivery charge is £15 to anywhere in the world.

    For further information on the Post Mining Alliance go to: www.postmining.org. The Post-Mining Alliance plan to continue to collate good examples of post mining land uses, the highlights of which will be posted on their website so if you know of any others, please contact:

    Georgina Pearman
    Post-Mining Alliance
    Eden Project
    PL24 2SG

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    On-Line Ethics Course (07/08/09)

    The Division of Professional Affairs of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists is pleased to announce the release of its first online ethics course. Many of you may be subject to mandatory continuing education via a state board of licensure/registration (for example, the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists) or the DPA's "Board Certified" level of professional certification that requires 1.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) annually in ethics. As a matter of personal professional development goals others of you continue to further educate yourselves by attending seminars, workshops, presentations, etc. to further that end. With that said, the course that the DPA now has online should satisfy most state and DPA "Board Certified" ethics requirements, as well as your own personal, professional development goals.

    The course is free to all DPA members, $25.00 for AAPG members, and since ethics has no ties to any one profession, it is also available to non-AAPG members for $35.00. It is comprised of a video presentation lasting approximately 40 minutes followed by a 15-question examination. Once you have successfully passed the examination a certificate of completion will be generated signifying the 1.0 PDH that you have earned and the date on which it was awarded.

    Go to the Division of Professional Affairs home page (https://www.aapg.org/dpa/video/video.aspx) to review the video.

    The DPA hopes that you will take advantage of this offering. The Division has several additional ethics courses in various stages of completion and will be making those available as they are completed.

    Rick L. Ericksen
    DPA Past-President

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    Reminder on E-Mail Addresses

    Please, if your e-mail address is about to change, or if it changes in the future, let me (Doug Peters) know about it as well as sending the update to AIPG Headquarters (aipg@aipg.org). This will ensure that you stay on our e-mail list and receive all notices in a timely fashion as well as additional information from AIPG Headquarters.

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    American Institute of Professional Geologists
    Colorado Section

    2013-14 Scholarship Awards
    Rex Monahan Scholarship Fund
    April 12, 2013

    Up to $500 Available to Undergraduate or Graduate Geology Students


    The Colorado Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (CO-AIPG) is pleased to announce a scholarship program to support and encourage undergraduate and graduate students in the geological sciences. An award will be made for the 2013-14 academic year through the Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship.


    The principal aim of this scholarship program is to offer financial support to undergraduate and graduate geology students and to encourage serious and deserving students to continue their studies in the geological sciences.


    Size Distribution from the Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship Fund for the year 2013-14 will consist of one award of $500 given to one student.

    Use of Scholarships

    Scholarship awards may be applied toward tuition, fees, field activities, or other costs related to undergraduate or graduate study.

    Use Fields of Interest

    Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in a geological science at an accredited college or university in the State of Colorado are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

    Basis of Award

    The Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of officers and members of the CO-AIPG, will make the final selection of students to receive a scholarship. The selection will be based on a review of the application form and two letters, one from the student and one from a department faculty member or advisor.

    How to Apply

    The Scholarship Committee requests an application form and two letters. The first letter, from the applicant, should discuss three evaluation criteria: qualifications, career goals, and financial need. The letter from a faculty member should include a brief summery of the student’s qualifications and accomplishments, and reasons for selecting the candidate.

    The application form and both letters should be submitted to the Rex Monahan Scholarship Committee
    12000 Washington St., Suite 285
    Westminster, Colorado 80241.


    Colorado Section Student Application (pdf) - 4/13


    Rex Monahan, CPG 424
    2005 Recipient - AIPG Honorary Membership Award

    Rex started his career in the petroleum industry in 1950, after having served as an infantry officer in Europe in World War II. Upon graduating from college, he moved to Sidney, Nebraska, to work in the oil field as a roughneck for Loffland Brothers Drilling Company. After about a year as a roughneck, his independent oil business began where he developed geologic prospects and raised money to drill wells. Rex has drilled, or been a party to drilling, approximately 200 exploratory wells in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Arkansas. This drilling resulted in 40 discoveries, most of which were commercial. He currently operates producing wells in Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas.

    He is a founding Trustee Associate of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), a senior member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), past Chairman of the Colorado-Nebraska Sub-Section of SPE, a Certified Petroleum Geologist, #58, through AAPG, a Certified Professional Geologist, #424, through the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado. He has also authored and co-authored articles which have appeared in the Oil and Gas Journal.

    The benefits of geology and the oil industry have provided financing for Rex's lifetime goal, "to better the human condition," and he has pursued this goal chiefly in the field of education. Since a large part of his endeavors have been in education, he began at home in Sterling Colorado, where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Northeastern Junior College of Sterling for the past 22 years. For thirteen of these years he also has served as Chairman.

    At Northeastern Junior College, Rex sponsored and financed many students for General Equivalency Diplomas under what he called the Monahan Second- Chance Program. In addition he has financed individual junior college scholarships for single parents. Over 1300 individuals have benefited from these scholarships to date. Rex assisted Regis University in a project to offer a Master of Business Administration Degree through Northeastern Junior College. Twenty students received this degree after the first year, and Rex was among the group, having earned his MBA at the age of 65.

    Rex Monahan’s current enterprise, the Monahan Second-Chance Academy, begun in 2001, involves financing scholarships for an Associate in Arts Degree in General Studies for prisoners at the Colorado Department of Corrections facility at Sterling. This was not a new idea for him. From 1969 to 1979 he provided funding for 300 inmates at Colorado State Prison at Canon City to obtain GED diplomas. Since GED study is now state-sponsored, Rex has progressed with the present program to offer the opportunity for an advanced degree. Actually the concept of post-graduate education for offenders is believed to be an innovation in the state of Colorado.

    Monahan's previous experience left him with the belief that education is an important factor in rehabilitation, and this is supported by studies which have shown that recidivism decreased markedly with prisoners who have participated in college level courses. With the enthusiastic cooperation of Northeastern Junior College and Sterling Correctional Facility, the program is in place, and the number of students is increasing. In accord with his goals he was one of the founders and serves on the Board of Directors of the Logan County Literacy Coalition, an organization designed to train tutors for literacy improvement among individuals with limited reading skills.

    Away from his home turf, as a tireless champion of education, Rex has contributed countless hours of his time, encouragement and financial support to various colleges, the University of Nebraska--his alma mater, Regis University, Morgan Community College, Trinidad State Junior College and the Colorado School of Mines. He takes an active interest in--as well as contributing to--the Friends of Nursing organization of Denver, focusing specifically on scholarships for single parents.

    As well as academic education, he has served the community on the Board of Directors of the High Plains Easter Seal Society for twenty-two years, where the chief service was rehabilitation for handicapped, and was on of the founding members of the Rundus Foundation to provide organ and vocal music training.

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    Scholarship Fund

    Consider contributing to the Scholarship Fund. Why? the Colorado Section's Scholarship Fund is new and growing slowly with other members' contributions. The Scholarship Fund was established to support one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students in Colorado as they pursue geological degrees. The Section has not yet made an award from this fund because we are working to build the fund to a point where it can provide funding for a least one award to one student and eventually sustain itself at the same time. From one award, we expect to expand the fund and award more students.

    Please support the students who are the future of the geologic profession.


    YES! I wish to support the Scholarship Fund in providing assistance towards tuition or travel to field camps, research and thesis preparation, travel to present the results of thesis work, and recognizing excellence in scholarship and leadership.

    Here's my check made out to AIPG-Colorado Section, and sent to:


    James A. Russell
    1909 Sage Circle
    Golden, CO 80401

    In the amount of: ___ $25 ___ $50 ___ $100 ___ $500 ___ other

    The Scholarship Fund and Future Geologists
    Thank You!

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    To aid communication between our Colorado Section members and the current Section Board, below are the addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses for our Board members. Note that the Vice-President also serves as chairman for the monthly luncheon program committee.

    2014 Colorado Section Board

    David Abbott
    2266 Forest St.
    Denver, CO 80207
    Work: (303) 394-0321

    President Elect
    David Glater
    CTL/Thompson, Inc.
    2598 S. Xenophon Street
    Lakewood, CO 80228
    Work: (303) 825-0777

    Vice President

    Susan Wager
    PO Box 260965
    Lakewood, CO 80226
    Work: (303) 726-6431

    Dick Nielsen
    13741 Braun Dr.
    Golden, CO 80401
    Work: (303) 279-3118

    Doug Peters
    825 Raptor Point Road
    Golden, CO 80403
    Work: (303) 278-1540

    Advisory Board Representative

    Logan MacMillan
    5733 W Hoover Ave
    Littleton, CO 80123
    Work: (303) 241-2572

    Tom Van Arsdale
    1436 Jasmine Street
    Denver, CO 80220
    (901) 268-3323

    Jack Denman
    1842 Clarkson Street
    Denver, CO 80218
    Work: (303) 830-1188

    Reg. & Leg. Committee
    Larry Cerillo
    12640 W. Cedar Dr.
    Lakewood, CO 80228
    Work: (303) 674-6484

    Doug Peters
    825 Raptor Point Road
    Golden, CO 80403
    Work: (303) 278-1540

    Government Relations
    Betsy Murray
    (303) 478-1207

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of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy & efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.