Now is the Time to Register for the 2003 AAPG Annual Convention in Salt Lake City!

Title: Now is the Time to Register for the 2003 AAPG Annual Convention in Salt Lake City!
Author: Tom Chidsey, General Chairman
Publication: The Outcrop, April 2003, p. 1, 6

Yogi Berra once said “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” Head west this spring and when you come to a fork in the road, take it…as long as it leads to Salt Lake City and the 2003 Annual Convention of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, May 11-14. In addition to being able to make your hotel reservations on-line, for the first time AAPG is offering on-line registration.

The technical program offers something for everyone in the worldwide membership of AAPG. But if you work the Rockies, it doesn’t take long to see there are plenty of reasons to justify coming to the 2003 convention. There are over 100 oral and poster papers specifically on Rocky Mountain reservoirs, outcrops, and plays in 48 technical sessions. This year’s Michel T. Halbouty Lecture will be “Rocky mountain monumental Gas Discoveries-ROCKS AND ROLES-Five Decades of Talent, Mentors, Old and New Breeds of Leadership and Entrepreneurship” featuring W. J. “Bill” Barrett and Peter Dea. The two will engage in some good-natured one-upmanship in relating war stories on the technical aspects behind finding and developing major gas reserves in the Wind River, Powder River and Piceance Basins, including a geologist’s perspective of heaven and hell. Sparks may fly at the DPA/EMD/DEG Government Affairs Forum ‘”Public Lands Access in the Rocky Mountains.” Forum panelists will include representatives of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. The Energy Minerals Luncheon will feature Lance Cook, Executive Director of the Wyoming Geological Survey, addressing “Powder River Coal Bed Methane: Opportunity and Obstacles.” For complete details of the technical program and all the meeting activities, please visit

Our convention logo, “Energy–Our Monumental Task,” applies to the entire worldwide membership of the AAPG for the 21st Century, especially those of us who work the Rockies. The backdrop depicts the famous Monument Valley, located in Arizona and Utah, which represents the beauty and geology of the American West. Those who visit monument Valley do so to be inspired by the beautiful vistas of the colorful buttes and mesas. We too, as geoscientists, need to be inspired to fulfill what is truly a monumental task–to provide energy to an energy-hungry world.

“The landscape everywhere . . . is of rock-cliffs of rock, tables of rock, plateaus of rock, terraces of rock, crags of rock–ten thousand strangely carved forms; rocks everywhere,” are the words penned by Major John Wesley Powell on July 17, 1869, describing what is now part of Canyonlands National Park. And as Powell so aptly described one does not come to Utah without seeing some of the best outcrops in the world. The field trips will take participants to the classic Utah geology that serves so well as outcrop analogs for Rocky Mountain reservoirs. Participants can examine, up close and personal, thrust and extensional faulting; modern and ancient lake deposits; fluvial deltaic sequences, carbonate mounds, eolian facies; salt tectonics; dinosaurs; coal and coal bed geology; and sequence stratigraphy. Many of these trips will take place in national parks such as Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, and Lake Powell, which were set aside for their geologic scenic beauty. The field trips are complimented by a wide variety of excellent and timely short courses. Therefore, register early while space is available.

The exhibition hall features more than 250 commercial and non-profit exhibits, the Career Center, Virtual Cafe, and celebrating its 10th anniversary, the ever-popular International Pavilion. The exhibition is the prime location to learn about the latest state-of-the-art techniques, develop business relationships, see old friends or make new ones, and discuss “monumental” joint ventures and deals.

Salt Lake City has completed the major civic renovation projects that were underway during the 1998 Annual Convention. New hotels, restaurants, and shopping areas have been constructed, a light rail system is in place (free in the downtown area), and the massive freeway improvements are behind us. The Salt Palace Convention Center has been renovated and features expanded exhibit and meeting space. The new, fabulous five-star Grand America Hotel will serve as the convention headquarters.

May is a beautiful time to visit Utah. If you prefer the mountains or the city, there are exciting entertainment and guest events for you, including rides on an old-fashioned steam engine train or mountain aerial tram, visits to historic Park City or Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort, a sunset dinner cruise on Great Salt Lake, listening to the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, tracing your roots at the Family History Library, or dining at the new, state-of-the-art Clark Planetarium. In fact, come early or stay longer for a family vacation to Utah’s spectacular parks, historical sites, and cultural activities.

Last year during the Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City declared, “the world is welcome here!” This year we look forward to again hosting the 2003 Annual Convention of the AAPG and welcoming the members of the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. Please join us in Salt Lake City for what will truly be a monumental event!