AAPG’S Energy Minerals Division (EMD) will respond to heightened awareness of global energy issues by offering an extensive and diverse selection of sessions, short courses, field trips and forums at the upcoming 2009 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, set for June 7-10 in Denver.
The core of this year’s technical program, “Image the Present, Imagine the Future” coincides with EMD’s focus on current and future energy mineral sources and technologies including coal, coalbed methane, CO2 sequestration, gas hydrates, gas shales, energy economics, geospatial technology, geothermal resources, oil (tar) sands, oil shales, uranium minerals and astrogeology topics.
Eighteen oral and poster sessions, included under eight separate themes, are highlighted below with short course, field trip and forum opportunities.
EMD Oral and Poster Sessions
Theme II: Hydrocarbon Systems and Basin Analysis
- Exploration Application of High Resolution Magnetic, Gravity and Remote Sensing Data in Frontier and Mature Basins.
- Petroleum Systems – Source Rocks.
Theme V: Structural Geology
- Tectonics and Diagenesis in Shale Basins.
Theme VIII: Tight Gas
- Pore Network and Fluid Flow in Mudrocks.
- Petrophysics of Shales and Tight Gas Sands: Converting Resources to Reserves.
Theme IX: Unconventional Reservoirs
- Gas Shales Reservoirs – Updates and New Insights.
- Coalbed Hydrocarbons.
- Hydrates – Sedimentology and Resources.
- Oil Shales – Reservoir Characterization and Testing.
- Oil/Tar Sands – New Techniques and Resource Assessments.
- Core Poster Session: Fractured Shale Reservoirs.
Theme X: Astrogeology
- Energy Minerals in the Solar System: Resources for the 21st Century.
- The Impacts of Impacts.
- Lunar Field Exploration Equipment and Sample Documentation.
Theme XI: Alternative and Renewable Energy
- Uranium Minerals and Exploration.
- Geothermal Energy Systems – Their Structure, Stratigraphy and Rock Mechanics.
Theme XIII: Responsible Development, Sustainability, Climate Science
- Carbon Dioxide Capture and Geologic Sequestration.
Theme XV: New Technologies
- GIS/Geospatial Map Gallery.
EMD Short Courses
Keeping You at the Top of Your Game
- Shale Gas I and II: Geochemical and engineering predictions of shale reservoirs; key parameters and data relationships that define productive gas shale’s.
- Uranium Geology and Logging Techniques for Uranium Exploration.
- Integrated Structural/Tectonic Studies of HRAM Data for Resource Play Analyses.
- National Petroleum Reserve Core Workshop – Lower Cretaceous clinoforms with basin floor source rocks through thick, gaseous coalbeds with reservoirs in-between.
EMD Field Trips
- Gas Shales, Oil Shales, Coalbed Methane and Tight Gas Reservoirs in the Piceance Basin.
- Coal Bed Methane, Raton Basin, Colorado and New Mexico.
- Remote Sensing, Climate Change and Planetary Science Facilities.
Forum (EMD, DPA, DEG)
- Carbon Dioxide Sequestration and Future Energy Sources (Wind, Solar and Nuclear).
Jeffrey S. Kargel, adjunct professor and senior research scientist in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona, will be the speaker for this year’s EMD Luncheon, set for Wednesday, June 10.
Kargel will astonish us and feed our imaginations with a talk titled “Unconventional Far-Out Petroleum and Gas: Hydrocarbons from Mars to Titan and Beyond.”
Kargel will pose the question of whether we are too terracentric in thinking that Earth is the only abode of biogenic petroleum and gas. Today, methane rain pours over Titan’s surface, erodes river valleys and fills lake basins while carbonaceous aerosols drift down from the upper atmosphere. Speculatively, acetylene glaciers may scour Titan’s poles and benzene sand dunes blanket the dry equatorial basins. Volatile hydrocarbons cause comets to jet and split, and help power geysers on Saturn’s tiny moon, Enceladus.
A prolific author of two books and multiple peer-reviewed papers, chapters, articles and abstracts, Kargel believes that hydrocarbons certainly are treasure-troves of scientific information on the history of the solar system.
Please join us for what will be a stimulating and titillating presentation!
This entire EMD program was organized by numerous volunteers: EMD Executive Committee members and past members, EMD commodity chairs and counselors, and all the oral and poster session co-chairs. Thanks to all of you for your diligence and assistance in putting together a program that features the essence of the Energy Minerals Division.
We hope that you will be able to join us in Denver!