Astrogeology Committee

The Astrogeology Committee provides AAPG members a forum for ideas on astrogeology and its relationships to terrestrial geology, energy and other issues. Efforts include organizing symposia at various meetings, recommending speakers for distinguished lectures, encouraging poster sessions on astrogeology at earth science meetings and acting as liaison with groups having similar interests, such as NASA, ESA and other international space entities. The Committee encourages digital and/or paper publications on astrogeology and related subjects. All who are interested in astrogeology, planetary science, and their application to energy, environmental, and other resources are invited to join the Astrogeology Committee.

William Anthony Ambrose William Anthony Ambrose Chair 2006-2015 Bureau of Economic Geology
James F. Reilly, II James F. Reilly, II Chair 2012-2015 American Public University System
Ronald L. Hart Ronald L. Hart Staff Liaison 2004-2014 AAPG
Darwin Rice Boardman, III Darwin Rice Boardman, III Vice Chair 2012-2015 SandRidge
Douglas Cameron Peters Douglas Cameron Peters Vice Chair 2012-2015 Tuvera Exploration Inc
Laura Cutright Zahm Laura Cutright Zahm Committee Manager 2011-2014
Richard William Ball Richard William Ball Executive Committee Liaison 2013-2014 Chevron
M. Lee Allison MEMBER 2006-2015 Arizona Geological Survey
Dieter K. Beike MEMBER 2012-2015 Consultant
David B. Buthman MEMBER 2010-2016 Chevron
David G. Campbell MEMBER 2006-2015 Retired
Michael D. Campbell MEMBER 2012-2015 (12M Associates, LLC)
Philip Jan Cannon, PhD MEMBER 2012-2015 Planetary Data
Charles A. Caughey MEMBER 2012-2015 Noble Energy
Donald Dean Clarke MEMBER 2009-2015 Geological Consultant
James L. Conca MEMBER 2007-2016 New Mexico State University
Douglas John Cook MEMBER 2012-2015 Saudi Aramco
Bruce Lee Cutright MEMBER 2010-2016
Christopher Matt Duncan MEMBER 2012-2015 unemployed
Stacey Coleen Evans MEMBER 2010-2016 Apache Corporation
Sean Sandifer Gulick MEMBER 2010-2016 University of Texas at Austin
Arthur H. Johnson MEMBER 2010-2016
David T. King, Jr. MEMBER 2010-2016 Auburn University
Thomas C. Klekamp MEMBER 2012-2015 Amber Resources, LLC
Lorena Moscardelli MEMBER 2012-2015 Statoil RDI
Harry William Mueller, III MEMBER 2012-2015 Harry Mueller Geosci. Consulting LLC
Prasanta K. Mukhopadhyay MEMBER 2012-2015 Global Geoenergy Res. Ltd.
Seiichi Nagihara MEMBER 2012-2015 Texas Tech University
Karl Steven Osvald MEMBER 2013-2016 U.S. Dept. Interior/Bureau of Land Mgmt.
Brian P. Pitts MEMBER 2006-2015
Michael A. Raines MEMBER 2012-2015 Whiting Petroleum Corp
Harrison Hagan Schmitt MEMBER 2003-2015 Consultant
Kadira Analisa Singh MEMBER 2010-2016
Charles Alan Sternbach MEMBER 2012-2015 Star Creek Energy Company Inc
Linda Raine Sternbach MEMBER 2013-2016 Star Creek Energy
Herbert A. Vogler, III MEMBER 2012-2015

The primary goal of the AAPG Astrogeology Committee is to emphasize the use of geosciences in the development of off-world exploration energy and other natural resources for development in the foreseeable future (more than 10 years hence). This is under the guidance and input provided by previous NASA geologists, Dr. Harrison “Jack: Schmitt and Dr. James Reilly and by industry professionals of the AAPG’s Energy Minerals Division, the Division of Professional Affairs, and the Division of Environmental Geosciences.

Off-world exploration requires a long-lead time in earth-based preparations, and discussions on the geological, geophysical, and geographical aspects of such exploration are the first steps in such exploration and eventual development and production of such resources. This will be accomplished by planning and implementing a series of annual programs, symposia or poster sessions at AAPG Conventions that emphasizes all aspects of astrogeology and its direct and indirect application to the exploration for energy (and other) resources whether they be located off-world or on Earth.

Incorporating the support and encouragement from the 35,000 energy resource geoscientists world-wide making up the AAPG, the AAPG Astrogeology Committee also seeks to encourage the younger generations who will one day participate directly in off-world programs by extending similar programs to develop and implement annual K-12 teacher outreach programs, either at an AAPG-sponsored meeting, or at a similar venue, and organize a Hedberg-type research conference on the extraterrestrial exploration for energy resources. The Committee arranged a diverse technical program for the 2008 Annual AAPG Convention in San Antonio, for the 2008 International Conference in Cape Town, and at the 2009 AAPG ACE in Denver (for details, see the following section entitled “Meetings”). A major program is being developed as part of the Houston 2011 ACE to honor the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s “Within the Decade” Speech.

Business Plan
Goals

The primary goal of the Astrogeology Committee is to develop and implement an annual program of symposia or poster sessions at AAPG Conventions that emphasizes all aspects of astrogeology and its direct and indirect application to the exploration for energy (or other) resources. The Astrogeology Committee also seeks to extend similar programs to AAPG’s International Conference by 2009, develop and implement an annual K-12 or teacher-outreach activity, either at an AAPG-sponsored meeting, or at a similar venue, and organize a Hedberg-type research conference on the extraterrestrial exploration for energy resources within 5 years. The Committee has arranged a diverse technical program for both the 2008 Annual AAPG Convention in San Antonio and the 2008 International Conference in Cape Town (for details, see the following section entitled “Meetings”), and in 2008 will continue to work on its other goals, as well as several new ones.

Action Items
  1. Expand the committee by 5 members during the 2006-2007 year by recruiting geologists who participate in the Long Beach symposia.
  2. Recruit or appoint a chair for each symposium or poster session in 2008.
  3. Recruit 3 to 5 new committee members from similar international symposia and/or poster sessions before the end of 2008, to provide more of an international base for the committee activities.
  4. Recruit or appoint a chair for each symposium or poster session at the 2009 AAPG International conference.
  5. Establish a committee liaison with the AAPG Activities committee during the 2006-2007 year to become integrated where possible to that committee’s work and participate, where possible, in providing astrogeology themes in teacher-outreach programs.
  6. Appoint an ad-hoc study committee within the 2007-2008 year to examine the potential for a Hedberg-type research conference on extraterrestrial exploration for energy, and ask that committee to report back to the Astrogeology committee at the 2009 Annual Meeting. Such an ad-hoc group would have to poll energy companies, NASA, and other technology groups to determine interest. The prestige of such a research conference would raise the profile of the activity and focus attention of the scientific community on the potential for commercialization of space exploration.
Presentations
Lunar Helium-3 Value Chain: Investment and Funding (PDF)
Dieter Beike, 2011
Significant Uranium and Other Discoveries on the Moon May Indicate New Space Race is Afoot (PDF)
Campbell, M. D. and W. A. Ambrose, 2010 Press Release (with Details) April 16
Memoir 101

Memoir 101 has been released by members of the AAPG Astrogeology Committee and members of the Energy Minerals Division (EMD) and is entitled: The History and Path Forward of the Human Species into the Future: Energy Minerals in the Solar System.

Table of Contents | Book Preface

The EMD’s Uranium (and Nuclear Minerals) Committee contributed the final Chapter 9, entitled: Nuclear Power and Associated Environmental Issues in the Transition of Exploration and Mining on Earth to the Development of Off-World Natural Resources in the 21st Century.

Because the fields are changing rapidly, the text is already out-of-date and may be revised chapter by chapter in the future. An example is provided for Chapter 9, which has already been revised and updated. This contains the revised and updated Chapter 9 with author biographies, the text’s Table of Contents, and Preface of the text.

Shortly after release of the text, Forbes.com highlighted Memoir 101 in a recent article emphasizing the coverage of Chapters 8 and 9 (see Conca, 2013a).

Water Ice on Mars and the Moon (6.23 Mb PDF)
2009, AAPG Annual Convention, 2009 - Denver William A. Ambrose, #80055 (2009)
Nearside Megabasin: The Largest Basin from the Moon (6.51 Mb PDF)
2009, AAPG Annual Convention, 2009 - Denver William A. Ambrose, #70066 (2009)
Giant Impact Basins of the Solar System (6.37 Mb PDF)
2009, AAPG Annual Convention, 2009 - Denver William A. Ambrose, #70065 (2009) (6.37 Mb PDF)
Timing, Emplacement, and Distribution of Mare-Fill Units in Oceanus Procellarum, a Large Nearside Lunar Basin Abstract and Slides
Presented by William A. Ambrose, Bureau of Economic Geology John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geoscience, at the 2008 AAPG International Convention Cape Town, South Africa October 27, 2008
Energy Minerals in the Solar System: Resources for the 21st Century Abstract and Slides
2008, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, April 21, 2008. William A. Ambrose, Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX and Harrison H. Schmitt, Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Albuquerque, NM, US
Space Exploration: Real Reasons and Acceptable Reasons (30 KB PDF)
by Michael D. Griffin, Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Quasar Award Dinner, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, 19 Jan 2007 The document is the text of a speech given by Michael Griffin, former head of NASA. The topic of the speech is why we should be involved in space research, but actually, the speech has a much broader subject. It is particularly pertinent now (2010), with the cancelation of the shuttle program.
First-order Relationships Between Lunar Crater Morphology, Degree of Degradation, and Relative Age: The Crater Degradation Index Abstract and Slides
2006, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention Program, v. 15, p. 4.
William A. Ambrose, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Lunar Field Exploration Science” PDF
Author: Harrison H. Schmitt Meeting: Workshop on Lunar Science Associated with the Lunar Exploration Architecture, Tempe, Arizona, February 26-March 2, 2007.
Wildcatting the Moon!” PDF
Author: Harrison H. Schmitt Meeting: Michael T. Halbouty Lecture, 2006 Annual AAPG Convention, Houston, Texas, April 10.
AAPG Convention Activities