RMS-AAPG Meets in Albuquerque

Title: RMS-AAPG Meets in Albuquerque

Authors: Laura Wray and Donna Anderson

Publication: The Outcrop, November 2000, p. 20

An intimate group of 230 geoscientists gathered in Albuquerque from September 17-20, 2000 for the annual Rocky Mountain Section meeting of AAPG. The technical program was diverse and well-received. Oral sessions featured the tectonics and petroleum potential of the Paleozoic ancestral Rockies, upper Cretaceous and Tertiary plays of the Four Corners area, and fractured reservoirs. The posters covered a variety of topics including the coalbed methane potential of the DJ Basin, Fruitland Formation coals of the northern San Juan Basin, and the Lance Formation sheet sands of the Bighorn Basin. Two concurrent oral sessions over two days plus a single day of poster presentations provided ample opportunities for leisurely discussions in the hallways and exhibit area. Approximately a dozen booths featuring oilfield services, computer software demonstrations, and publications were visited by meeting participants. Luncheon speakers addressed topics ranging from trust and access to public lands to the Cretaceous imprint on the Colorado Plateau.

Several awards were presented during the opening session. Kurt Constenius received the Levorsen Award for best paper at the 1999 RMS MPG meeting in Bozeman, Montana. His paper was titled “Structural Evolution of the Uinta Salient and Tectonomagmatic Rejuvenation of the Cheyenne Belt, North-central Utah.” Two awardees received the Champlin Award for best posters from that meeting. Donna Anderson, with co-author Mark Sonnenfeld, received the award for their poster “Approaches to Stratigraphic Cross-section Construction: Examples from Rocky Mountain Basins.” Timothy Hester also received an award for his poster, “The ‘Gas Effect’ as an Indicator of Gas-production Potential, Cretaceous of North-central Montana.”

The culmination of the meeting was a popular field trip sponsored by the Utah Geological Association to areas around Arches and Canyonlands.