Noticed Anything New in The Mountain Geologist???

Title: Noticed Anything New in The Mountain Geologist???
Publication: The Outcrop, December 2004, p. 14

Those of you who took a look at the October issue of The Mountain Geologist may have noticed something special: a “theme issue” on the Bedrock Aquifers of the Denver Basin. Guest editors Bob Raynolds and Michele Reynolds with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science started seeking papers for this issue early in the year. It took them many months to collect the manuscripts, solicit reviews, and edit the final copies, but the results are rewarding. Furthermore, between support from special advertisers and organizations willing to purchase extra copies of their theme issue, funds were raised to print many of the figures in color. Taken as a whole, the theme issue is a nice feather in RMAG’s cap for 2004, particularly because its topic is very important and timely, and because it helps expand our horizons beyond the oil and gas industry.

Now the editors of The Mountain Geologist, Susan Landon and Mark Longman, are beginning to organize a new “theme issue” for July 2005. It will focus on sand-body geometry of Cretaceous (and possibly Tertiary) sandstones in the Piceance and Uinta Basin area of northwestern Colorado. Results of outstanding fieldwork by Rex Cole, Steve Cumella, and others along the margins of the Piceance Basin were presented at the regional meeting of the AAPG in Denver in August and served as the inspiration for this special issue. Integrating these field studies with the ongoing active exploration for Cretaceous and Tertiary sandstone reservoirs in the Piceance and Uinta basins should help advance our understanding of these important deposits.

Several authors have already indicated a willingness to contribute papers to the next theme issue, but more papers are needed. If you have done research on these sandstones, either in the outcrop or in the subsurface, please consider submitting a paper for publication. We need to receive the manuscripts for this special issue during the first quarter of 2005.

Although papers on any topic related to Rocky Mountain geology are always welcome, the editors of The Mountain Geologist are also eager to continue publishing theme issues on various topics of interest to RMAG members. If you have an idea for an appropriate topic, please contact Susan or Mark. Even better, if you have a topic in mind and are willing to help serve as a guest editor for a theme issue, please let us know. Our e-mail addresses are on the inside front cover of each issue of The Mountain Geologist.