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.
Theme II: Hydrocarbon Systems and Basin Analysis
Theme V: Structural Geology
Theme VIII: Tight Gas
Theme IX: Unconventional Reservoirs
Theme X: Astrogeology
Theme XI: Alternative and Renewable Energy
Theme XIII: Responsible Development, Sustainability, Climate Science
Theme XV: New Technologies
Keeping You at the Top of Your Game
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!
Laura L. Wray is the EMD Annual Meeting Vice Chair.
The Energy Minerals Division (EMD), a division of AAPG, is dedicated to addressing the special concerns of energy resource geologists working with energy resources other than conventional oil and gas, providing a vehicle to keep abreast of the latest developments in the geosciences and associated technology. EMD works in concert with the DEG to serve energy resource and environmental geologists.