beautiful and dramatic Maroon Bells, at left, a popular site near
Aspen that makes a visit to the Rocky Mountain state a must for
geologists and tourists alike.
Photo courtesy of Denver Metro Convention and Visitors
is heading for a Rocky Mountain high via an annual meeting that
celebrates the successes and triumphs of the past while taking aim
at hitting greater heights in a new millennium.
The 86th AAPG annual meeting begins June 3 at the
Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, designed around the
theme "2001: An Energy Odyssey."
"The theme underscores a dynamic period for the hydrocarbon
industry," said meeting general chairman Steve Sonnenberg. "Our
energy journey into the 21st century begins with concerns about
oil and gas supplies and includes debates regarding the environmental
impact of energy exploration and development."
The convention, he continued, provides an opportunity
for members "to continue your education and improve your skills.
"The technical program has been developed along themes
of natural gas, petroleum systems, structures and tectonics, reservoir
geology and characterization, depositional systems and stratigraphy,
technology, business and global environmental issues," Sonnenberg
"Over 1,000 papers were accepted by the technical
Add to that the chance to view the latest in technology
on the giant exhibits hall; to find out the latest exploration opportunities
from around the globe in the International Pavilion; to take advantage
of the many short courses and field trips that are being offered;
the chance to network with peers and people who can make a difference
in careers, and the meeting becomes a must-do opportunity.
This year's meeting also features the first-ever
Eposter sessions, held Monday through Wednesday, in addition to
the inaugural Michel T. Halbouty Lecture, featuring Carolyn Shoemaker's
talk on "Through a Crystal Ball." (See related story on page 40.)
Pre-meeting events -- various short courses, field
trips, meetings and entertainment-related activities -- will be
held for early arrivers. This year's "Teacher Day Program" will
be held June 2-3, for example, and a Career Transition
Workshop will be offered at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Marriott City
But the annual meeting begins in earnest at 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 3, with the opening session and awards ceremony at
the Colorado Convention Center.
That will be followed by the traditional Icebreaker
reception, held in the exhibits hall, allowing participants a chance
to enjoy refreshments while getting a first-look at the latest in
Technical sessions begin at 8 a.m.
Monday, June 4.
This meeting marks the seventh time AAPG has held
its annual meeting in Denver. Previous annual meetings were held
there in 1942, 1948, 1961, 1972, 1980 and 1994.