American Institute of Professional
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 email@example.com.
(comp. by P. Modreski, USGS-Denver, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sep. 6-9, Denver Fine Mineral Show, at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Boulevard, Golden, Colorado; see http://www.finemineralshow.com/
The biggest thing in Denver this coming week (well, for some of us) is “gem and mineral show week”, with the Denver Gem and Mineral Show (“the main show”) at the Denver Mart, plus three (at least) “satellite” shows taking place at other hotels and locations. We from the USGS will have our usual booth, displaying maps, rocks & minerals, and “Kids Corner” activities, at the Denver Mart show. And don’t miss the annual reception and open house at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Wednesday evening.
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Gem and mineral shows take place at four different locations in Denver, parts of the week of Sept. 6-14:
Sep. 6-9, Denver Fine Mineral Show, at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Boulevard, Golden, Colorado; see http://www.finemineralshow.com/. This show (first time in Denver) features "very beautiful and very expensive" mineral specimens... shall we say, most specimens, in 3 to 5 figures.
Sep. 6-14, Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, & Gem Show see http://www.coliseumshow.com/
Sep. 7-14, Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show, Ramada Plaza Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), Denver (4849 Bannock St., the frontage road on the west side of I-25, just north of I-70).
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.
Thurs., Sept. 11, 4:00 p.m., Van Tuyl Lecture Series at Colorado School of Mines; Petrophysical Characterization of the Pore Space in Permian Wolfcamp Rocks, by Navid Rafatian, BHP Billiton; Berthoud Hall room 241. See http://inside.mines.edu/GE_Lecture-Series for the full fall schedule.
Thurs., Sept. 11, exhibit opening and Heritage Lecture Series at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Colorado Springs; Artistic Reflections of Mining Structures; reception 6:00 pm, lecture 7:00 pm. “Select paintings and sketches from the WMMI collections have never been displayed before. Our opening lecture will be by Robert Phillips, a metallurgical engineer who has devoted his 45 year career to the mining industry. He will take our guests on a journey through the world of the Nordberg Steam Stamp! The Nordberg steam stamp at WMMI is only 1 of 2 surviving stamps that were used extensively in upper Michigan's copper belt between the 1860s and 1969. This lecture will discuss the stamp operation within the context of the geographical locale, the ore geology, and the metallurgical developments of the industry. Free, but reservations required; call 719-488-0880 or email email@example.com .” For more information see http://www.wmmi.org/ .
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, firstname.lastname@example.org , 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!).
And, P.S., a special “hidden gem” at the Denver Show, the club sells two booklets, “Colorado Minerals” and “Colorado Fossils”, designed as coloring books for kids but they are very well done and informative, and I think most adults will appreciate them as an introduction to minerals and fossils. As, for example, if you would like to know what in the world Rhodochrosite (our state mineral) is! The booklets are $1 each, and are sold at the tables where they sell kids’ grab bags and show posters.
Monday, September 15th, at 7:00, at the Discovery Center on the west side of Dinosaur Ridge (downstairs), Walt Wright will give a presentation on "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 . The Discovery Center is located on the north entrance road to Red Rocks Park, just west of the intersection of Alameda Parkway and Hogback Road (CO Highway26/93).
Sat., Sept. 20, Dinosaur Discovery Day, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Public tour day at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center, Morrison, with expert interpretive guides stationed along the Dinosaur Ridge trail to point out the dinosaur tracks, bones, and other fossils and geologic features. Special booths & activities for kids, with the theme, “Geologic Hazards”. 16831 W. Alameda Parkway; see www.dinoridge.org for more info or call 303-697-3466. Also, stop and see the brand new “Discovery Center” on the west side of Dinosaur Ridge; it’s the first right turn along the north entrance road into to Red Rocks Park, at the W. Alameda Parkway intersection with Hwy 93/26 (Hogback Road).
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, 7:00 p.m., at the monthly meeting of the Colorado Scientific Society, “In the Footsteps of the Early Bone Diggers: Locating Historic Photographic Sites in the Bridger Basin of Southwest Wyoming” by Dr. Emmett Evanoff, University of Northern Colorado; at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood. All are welcome.
Thurs., Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter, bimonthly meeting, Denver Museum of Nature and Science (V.I.P. Room), with a presentation by Ray Berry, longtime collector of Colorado minerals in the Pikes Peak batholith, "My First Thirty Years of Mineral Collecting". All are welcome.Thurs., Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter, bimonthly meeting, Denver Museum of Nature and Science (V.I.P. Room), with a presentation by Ray Berry, longtime collector of Colorado minerals in the Pikes Peak batholith, "My First Thirty Years of Mineral Collecting". All are welcome.
UNC's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Seminar Series
4-5 pm on Friday afternoons in Ross Hall Room 3240 Greeley, CO
September 12 Megan Melamed, Exec. Officer, Int’l. Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project, CIRES, University of Colorado "Air Pollution in the Context of Global Change and Sustainability"
September 19. Bill Hoyt, UNC Earth & Atmospheric Sciences 2013 "September Flood Impacts: Northern Colorado Front Range"”
September 26. Josh Clark & Phillip Foy, UNC Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (undergraduate Intern Reports on fire weather) "Fire Weather APP"
October 3. Sam Scoleri & Colton Grasmick, UNC Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (undergraduate Intern Reports) "National Weather Service, Pueblo; Research Experience for Undergraduates at Hobart and William Smith College"
October 10. Felicia Kruger, Arvada Storm Water and UNC Earth & Atmospheric Sciences "Case Studies in a Storm Water Job"
October 17. Nick Horianopoulos, Noel Community Arts School and UNC Earth & Atmospheric Sciences "50 Top Sites of Geological Interest in Colorado"
October 24. Chester Hitchens, Lidstone and Associates "Land Surveying and Geospatial Issues for Geologists and Environmental Scientists
October 31. BOO!! No Seminar This Evening
November 7. Nigel Kelly, Geology, University of Colorado "Geochemistry and Petrology Associated with Ore Deposits"
November 14. Randi Hogden, Ph D Candidate, Biology, UNC "Potential Environmental Impacts of Shale Development on Proximate Flora"
November 21. Julie Sexton, Research Associate, Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute; Kevin Pugh, Professor, Psychology, UNC "Factors Associated with the Recruitment and Retention of Students into Geoscience"
November 28. Thanksgiving Break—NO SEMINAR
December 5. Poster Fest With Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Faculty. Dozens of Posters! FEED!! CELEBRATE!!!
Volunteer Opportunities at Dinosaur Ridge
School/Group Interpretive Tour Guide
Brings fossils and geology alive by being a volunteer tour guide at Dinosaur Ridge. Throughout the year, over 17,000 school children take fully guided tours of Dinosaur Ridge or Triceratops Trail with a trained guide. Most of these tours are given free of charge to schools who have 50% or more students receiving free and reduced lunch. These groups range from schools to senior centers, and have between 10-250 participants. Tour Guides lead these groups on a tour of Dinosaur Ridge and interpret the geology and paleontology located here. Guides may work alone with smaller groups or with up to five other Guides for large groups. Training provided. Great experience for interpretation and education! This opportunity is usually Monday-Friday, outdoors, mainly March-October, and flexible. We will have tour guide training on Tuesday, September 2, 10am-12noon; Thursday, September 4, 10am-12noon; and Friday, September 5, 10am-12noon. RSVP with Amber at amber_Cain@dinoridge.org or 303-697-3466 x 107 if you can attend one of these dates. Interested but can’t attend one of the training dates?
Email Amber your availability and we will work with your schedule!
Dinosaur Discovery Day Helper
From April through October, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge host monthly special events called Dinosaur Discovery Days. During DDDays, Discovery Day Specialists answer questions and give short interpretive demonstrations at different sites along the Dinosaur Ridge trail. There are also hands-on opportunities at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center where volunteers assist visitors with track painting, gold panning, fossil sifting, metal detecting, orienting visitors, parking, crowd control (as needed), and set-up and tear-down. Training is provided the day of. Great opportunity for small groups and businesses. Upcoming 2014 dates: September 20 (10am-2pm) and October 11 (9:30am-3pm).
Community Outreach Provider
Represent the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge at various festivals and events throughout the Denver Metro Area. Duties include setting up an informational booth, facilitating hands-on educational activities, distributing flyers and brochures, and answering general questions about Dinosaur Ridge. This is a great way to get free admission to many area events. This opportunity is usually on weekends. Training is provided.
Exhibit Hall Docents
Assist visitors through Dinosaur Ridge’s exhibit hall, Trek Through Time.
Docents will greet visitors, collect fees, and answer general questions.
Give short presentations about the objects in the exhibit hall to interested visitors. Trek Through Time is open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm. Work once a week, once a month or cover open shifts as needed. Training is provided. We will have a docent training on Wednesday, September 3, 12-2pm and on Thursday, September 4, 1-3pm. RSVP with Amber at amber_Cain@dinoridge.org or 303-697-3466 x 107 if you can attend one of these dates. Interested but can’t attend one of the training dates?
Email Amber your availability and we will work with your schedule!
Contact Amber Cain at amber_Cain@dinoridge.org or at 303-697-3466 x 107.
MINING & METALLURGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Colorado Section Meeting
Friday, September 12, 2014
“Pilot Mountain Nevada Tungsten Project”
Jim Guilinger, President of World Industrial Minerals
Jim will discuss the Pilot Mountain Tungsten Project, located 250 km southeast of the city of Reno in Nevada. The project is undergoing a resurgence of activity due to ownership and market changes
11:30-12:00 P.M. Registration
12:00-12:20 P.M. Lunch
12:20-1:10 P.M. Guest Speaker
Reservations, reply to: Chris Wyatt, Phone: 303 526-6055, Email: email@example.com
Location: University Club (Downtown Denver), 1673 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203
PTTC Fall Symposium
Environmental Innovation in Colorado Oil & Gas Production
Colorado School of Mines Ben Parker Student Center - Ballroom AB,
1516 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401
Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (MDT)
The fee includes lunch, class notes and PDH certificate
The Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) and the Colorado School of Mines are hosting a one-day conference focusing on Colorado upstream oil and gas environmental best practices and innovation, to be held on the Mines campus in Golden on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. The purpose of the conference is to bring together for a day, key players in the industry, to share information and experiences on these topics and to encourage further progress in environmental stewardship. Confirmed speakers represent Colorado regulatory agencies, leading Colorado oil and gas producers, PTTC and Mines professionals and technical consultants. The conference is open to all interested parties, and we particularly wish to invite graduate and undergraduate college students. For further information, contact L Peter Galusky, Jr at 719-339-6791 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Carr at 303-273-3107 or email@example.com .
To register, go to
Tailings and Mine Waste 2014
Registration is now open for the Tailings and Mine Waste 2014 conference in Keystone, Colorado, October 4-8, 2014. The conference will be held at the Keystone Resort in Keystone Colorado http://www.keystoneresort.com. Early registration expires September 10th and the block of rooms in Keystone will expire September 6th.
The objective of Tailings and Mine Waste ’14 is to provide a forum for presenting the state-of-the-art with respect to mill tailings and mine waste current practice, and to discuss current and future issues facing the mining and environmental communities.
You may register on-line at:
Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences 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 Friday afternoons, and will begin at 4:00 p.m. (alternative dates/times/locations may occasionally be noted). Questions? Please call (970) 491-5661.
September 12 TBA.
September 19. Jim Evans, Utah State University. “Estimating the Temperatures and Ages of Slip on Faults.”
September 26. Lang Farmer, University of Colorado-Boulder.”Deep Crustal Anatexis, Magma Mixing and the Generation of Oligocene, Epizonal Plutons in the Southern Rocky Mountains.”
October 3. Gregory Ojakangas, Drury University. “Do Precambrian stromatolites hold clues to continent orientation and the dynamics of the ancient Earth-Moon system?” Modeling and Measuring the Morphology of Fossil Algal Structures .”
October 10. Anjana Shaw, U.S. Geological Survey. “Subsurface Geological Features Associated with the 2011 Mw5.8 Central Virginia Earthquake Revealed by Magnetic, Gravity, and Radiometric Surveys.”
October 17. Michael Gooseff, CSU Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Permafrost Degradation in Polar Landscapes - Impacts and Consequences to Earth Systems.”
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 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.”.
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
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 303-885-0615 before noon on Sept. 6th, 2014 if you would like to make a reservation.
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 (email@example.com ), 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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Table of Contents
1.0 INTRODUCTION 1
2.0 GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF COLORADO 1
3.0 GEOGRAPHY OF COLORADO 7
4.0 GEOLOGY OF COLORADOS PARKS & MONUMENTS 11
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 129
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 .
Denver Mining Club Schedule
DENVER MINING CLUB LTD.
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. (+/-)
VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME!
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.
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.
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!.
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.
Environmental, Construction, Architecture, & Engineering
3101 Zinfandel Drive, Suite 350
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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.
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
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 email@example.com .
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
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.
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:
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
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
For those interested in geothermal energy in Colorado, here is a website of interest:
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:
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
American Institute of Professional Geologists
2013-14 Scholarship Awards
Rex Monahan Scholarship Fund
April 12, 2013
Up to $500 Available to Undergraduate or Graduate Geology Students
REX MONAHAN GEOLOGICAL SCHOLARSHIP
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.
APPLICATIONS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR DEPARTMENT CHAIR AND MUST BE SUBMITTED ON OR BEFORE July 15, 2013
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY AUGUST 2013
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.
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
CONTACT INFO FOR COLORADO SECTION BOARD
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
2266 Forest St.
Denver, CO 80207
Work: (303) 394-0321
2598 S. Xenophon Street
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 825-0777
PO Box 260965
Lakewood, CO 80226
Work: (303) 726-6431
13741 Braun Dr.
Golden, CO 80401
Work: (303) 279-3118
825 Raptor Point Road
Golden, CO 80403
Work: (303) 278-1540
Advisory Board Representative
5733 W Hoover Ave
Littleton, CO 80123
Work: (303) 241-2572
Tom Van Arsdale
1436 Jasmine Street
Denver, CO 80220
1842 Clarkson Street
Denver, CO 80218
Work: (303) 830-1188
Reg. & Leg. Committee
12640 W. Cedar Dr.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 674-6484
825 Raptor Point Road
Golden, CO 80403
Work: (303) 278-1540