Home | About | Contact | Store

American Institute of Professional Geologists
Colorado Section

Monthly luncheon meetings are held every third Tuesday, at the
Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
3677 South Santa Fe Drive, Sheridan, CO 80110
(Southwest side at Santa Fe Dr. & Hampden Ave.)
Lunch starts at 11:30 AM, Speaker 12:30 PM
Members/Non-Member/Visitors/Guests are all Welcome!

Price: Buffet lunch (approx. $10) must be purchased for entry to the Golden Corral.  An additional voluntary tip of $1/person is requested for the wait staff in the meeting room. Free parking. For more info: Contact Jim Burnell at (303) 866-3458 or dialjeemincolo@aol.com.

Colorado Section Newsletter - September 2014

AIPG Conference on Social Licensing - Achieving Public Support
November 10, 2014 ♦ Denver, CO 80203
Advertising FlyerRegister Online

GeoEvents (10/21/14) Colorado Aquifer Management
Sustainable groundwater for Colorado (10/8/14)
December 4, 2014
Colorado Section Meeting (11/2/14)
Second Water Well Construction Rulemaking Stakeholders Meeting Open to the Public (10/30/14) AAPG Workshop (10/21/14)
RMAG November Luncheon (10/16/14) 2 Articles on Colo. Geology (10/16/14)
Survey on Rules Regarding Water Well Construction and Monitoring (10/16/14) SAGEEP 2015 (10/9/14)
UNC Fall Seminar Schedule (10/8/14) 21st Annual 3D Seismic Symposium (10/6/14)
2014 Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference (10/6/14) Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture Series (11/4/14)
RFP for Placer Gold Mining Project (9/17/14) NGWA Workshop (9/17/14)
UNC Earth Sciences Seminar Schedule (10/6/14) Colorado State University, Geosciences Seminar Schedule (11/4/14)
University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule (9/28/14) Hydrofracturing Wastewater Reuse Webinar (8/25/14)
AEG, ASCE, and CAGE Biennial Geo-Conference (8/18/14) Popular Geology Book Announcement (7/16/14)
Denver Mining Club Schedule (11/2/14) USGS TopoView (05/13/13)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
Field Technician, Moab (10/30/14) PA Geologic Survey Bureau - Director (10/30/14)
S&H Job - TonaTec Exploration (10/30/14) Coal Mining Positions - Asia (10/16/14)
Job Opening with Geophysics Company (10/9/14) Chief Geochemist (10/9/14)
Humboldt State, Arcata, CA - Job Openings (10/6/14) Maryland Geological Survey (9/25/14)
Staff / Entry Level Geologists and Engineering Geologists (9/25/14) Fiji Job (9/25/14)
Oregon Jobs (9/25/14) Jobs in Reno (9/25/14)
Kansas Geological Survey Position (9/12/14) BLM - Mining Engineer/Geologist (9/12/14)
Deputy Director - Arizona Geological Survey (9/5/14) Geologists Needed (8/25/14)
Geologists/Geotechnical Engineers Needed (7/22/14) MSHA Safety Director (7/16/14)
GIS Specialist (7/16/14) Senior Geologist/Engineer (6/24/14)
Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS (01/31/13)
MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)
101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground 1974 Piceance Creek Basin Road Log
Scholarship Fund Rex Monahan Geological Student Scholarship
Colorado Section's Career Day handout 2002 Section President and Vice President Duties

Government Relations


(comp. by P. Modreski, USGS-Denver, pmodreski@usgs.gov)

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 8-9, New Mexico Mineral Symposium, Socorro, NM., on the New Mexico Tech campus. For more information see http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/museum/minsymp/home.cfml

Thurs., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., monthly meeting of the Colorado Chapter, Friends of Mineralogy, with the presentation, “Minerals of Stove Mountain, El Paso County, Colorado” by Gary Zito, Colorado School of Mines. All are welcome to attend. Denver Museum of Nature and Science (museum admission not required); meeting will be in the Big Horn Room, museum 3rd floor near the Botswana, Africa exhibit; see http://friendsofmineralogycolorado.org/ for more information to be posted as the meeting date approaches.

Fri-Sun., Nov. 14-16, Nov. 14-16, “2014 Mineral Dealers Gem and Mineral Show” at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Building; Golden, CO; no admission charge; 10-5 Friday, 10-6 Sat., 11-4 Sunday.

Sat., Nov. 15, 12:00-4:00 p.m., Silent Auction, gems, minerals, etc., sponsored by the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club. Columbine Hills Church, 9700 Old Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, CO 80123; all are welcome. Free refreshments!

go to top

DIPS November Luncheon

Friday, November 14, 2014
Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th St.
Denver, CO

Members generally arrive at 11:30 am with the lunch buffet starting at noon.
The talk generally starts at 12:20 pm to 12:30 pm and goes for 20 to 30 minutes.
The cost for the lunch and talk is $20 for members and $24 for non-members. It is $5 for just the talk.

“Chinese Unconventional Pulse—Considerations, Challenges and What Next?” by Joe Dumesnil

China has been touted as the country having the largest endowment of shale gas in recent years with substantial tight oil and tight gas resource in place as well. As of August, 322 shale gas wells have been drilled in country; meanwhile 2 “shale” PSCs have been granted. Sinopec has declared a victory in its Fuling Block in Chongqing Province while PetroChina pushes ahead on its shale gas demonstration blocks and endeavors to make shale oil work in 5 other basins. 19 new shale blocks were awarded in a 2nd round shale block licensing to a handful of companies that have never spun a bit.
So what are these plays and at do we know?
Where are the foreign oil companies in the mix and what about the international service companies?
What is the status of the 2nd bid round blocks?

This talk aims to introduce you to China and its unconventional oil and gas business. Shale gas, tight gas and tight oil plays from the Kazakstani border to the East China Sea will be discussed highlighting their exploration status, their challenges and their potential futures.

E-mail Bob Zilinski at: rezilin@aol.com or call at 303-885-0615 before noon on Nov. 12th, 2014 if you would like to make a reservation.

go to top

Colorado Section Meeting Announcement

Friday, November 7, 2014
Location: University Club (Downtown Denver)
1673 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203

“Mining Sector Update – Changing Risk Profile”
Karr McCurdy, Behre Dolbear

Mr. McCurdy will be presenting their findings from the 2014 mining investment survey.

11:30-12:00 P.M.       Registration
12:00-12:20 P.M.       Lunch
12:30-1:15 P.M.        Guest Speaker

Reservations by Wed., Nov. 5, reply to: Chris Wyatt, Phone: 303 526-6055,
Email: mmsa_denver_section@outlook.com
Cost: $35.00/person
Dress: Business

go to top

GeoGraphix Training: An Overview and Refresher Course PTTC Rockies

Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (MST)
Colorado School of Mines Berthoud Hall, Room 201,
1516 Illinois Street,
Golden, 80401

The fee includes refreshments, workbook, and PDH certificate

This full-day hands-on computer training course is designed for the person who has had some past experience with GeoGraphix and would like to get some basic training in the functionality of the newest version. It may also serve as a demo for those considering the purchase of GeoGraphix. GESxplorer and PRIZM modules will be utilized. New users will acquire tips and tricks to create projects, maps and cross sections, employ zone manager, perform multi-well log analysis, and more.

The Instructor: Fred B. Poland is the Product Manager for GeoGraphix Geological Solutions.

For more info or to register, see

go to top


The November 2014 Four Corners Geological Meeting will be in the Colorado Room,
Ft. Lewis College Student Union Building, Durango.
Date & Time: November 7, 2014

Social Hour 6:30 pm; Buffet served at 7:00 pm; Speaker 7:30 pm
Please RSVP by November 6, 2014 to Gary Gianniny,
gianniny_g@fortlewis.edu , 970-247-7254.
Cost: $20.00 per person; $3.00 per person for talk only.

Speaker: Dr. Ken Miller, AAPG Distinguished Lecture Series
Topic: A 100 Million-Year Record of Sea-Level and Ice-Volume Variations from Continental Margin and Deep Sea Isotopic Records

Reconstructions of secular variations in globally average sea level (eustasy), derived primarily from sequence stratigraphic records, are fundamental for understanding Earths processes. On geological time scales, global sea-level changes are tied primarily to long-term (107-108 yr scale) tectonism and short-term (103-106 yr scale) changes in continental ice volume, though recent studies also illustrate the importance of tectonism on 106 year time scales. The history of 106 yr scale eustatic changes has been controversial; the most widely used sea-level curves (e.g., Haq et al., 1987) are generally correct in the ages of sea-level falls, but are incorrect in amplitudes. Miller presents here a history of sea-level changes focusing on the last 100 Myr. Prior to the Oligocene (ca. 33.5 Ma), the Earth had been a warm, high CO2 Greenhouse world that was largely ice-free back to 260 Ma, though recent evidence suggests that 15-25 m sea-level changes observed may have been caused by growth and decay of small, ephemeral ice sheets. The growth and decay of a continental scale ice sheet in Antarctica caused 50-60 m variations on the 106 yr scale beginning ~33.5 million years ago (Ma). He provides new million year (Myr) scale eustatic estimates from ~40-11 Ma by scaling deep-sea benthic foraminiferal ä18O records using Mg/Ca to constrain temperature effects and backstripping of core data from onshore New Jersey (NJ), accounting for the effects of compaction, loading, and thermal subsidence. Both show the same amplitudes and timings and testify to a primary glacioeustatic control on the stratigraphic record on the Myr scale. Regional differences document that mantle dynamic changes strongly imprint the stratigraphic and geomorphologic evolution of the passive U.S. Middle Atlantic continental margin. Pliocene peak global average sea levels of 20±10 m above present occurred in a world only 2°C warmer than today and with similar atmospheric CO2 levels. From 33.5 to 0.8 Ma, sea-level was controlled primarily by astronomical tilt cycles (1.2 Myr and 40 kyr), though the 100 and 400 kyr eccentricity were important in some Miocene intervals and during 100+ m cycles of the past 800 kyr.

go to top

Second Water Well Construction Rulemaking Stakeholders Meeting Open to the Public

Monday November 17, 2014
Starting at 2:00 pm in Room 318
1313 Sherman St. Denver, CO 80203

Please RSVP for the meeting through
or by emailing Douglas.Stephenson@state.co.us (RSVP is not required to attend, but will allow us to plan appropriately for seating in the meeting room.)

The public process for this rulemaking is designed to give stakeholders — all who may be affected by a change in the rules — the opportunity to present their thoughts, ideas, and reasoned opinions on any proposed changes. Any comments submitted will be compiled and reviewed by BOE staff for consideration at public meetings, where the pros and cons of potential rule changes, additions, or deletions can be discussed by attendees. The goals of the public meetings are to

  1. communicate with the ground water community at large,
  2. identify specific rules that are in need of change,addition, or deletion, and
  3. to the greatest extent possible, develop consensus for proposed changes.

Please refer to these helpful links for more information.

The following information can all be found on the above, Rulemaking Process Webpage

  • Sign up for our email listserv to receive notices on upcoming meetings, drafts of proposed rules changes, and other information related to the rulemaking proceedings.
  • Provide comments by following the directions on the webpage or
    • Download, Save and Complete the PDF fill-able form at http://water.state.co.us/DWRIPub/Documents/Rulemaking%20Comment%20Form.pdf
    • Enter your Name, Phone Number and Email Address on the AskDWR Request Page. All other fields should populate for you.
    • Click Browse (in the Attachment line) to find and attach the PDF form you completed.
    • Click Submit Request.
    • Comments can always be sent anonymously by mail

go to top

AAPG Workshop

Bakken / Three Forks / Plus Emerging Plays GTW
17-19 Nov. 2014
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado

AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshops (GTWs) deliver up-to-date technical content to AAPG members and industry professionals. Attendees interact with presentations, lively discussions, networking receptions, and also receive access to presentations, articles, plus other valuable information.

Participants will learn how to be successful in utilizing the Three Forks in a stacked-pay, pad-drilling strategy when producing various Bakken members.
Topics will include; reservoir characterization, geochemical considerations, fracture networks, pore pressure & hydraulic fracturing, completions, imaging / 3D seismic integration and much more!

To view the full program or register, go to

go to top

RMAG November Luncheon

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

“Linking Seeps to Source Using Forensic Geochemical Methods and Implications for Exploration and Development of Conventional and Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs”
By David Seneshen

Micro- and macro-hydrocarbon seeps have been detected over offshore and onshore oil and gas reservoirs since the 1930’s. The seeps were defined by anomalous hydrocarbon concentrations and compositions in ocean bottom sediment cores and onshore soil, shot-hole sediment, soil gas and groundwater samples. While the mapping of hydrocarbon seeps is important, it is equally if not more important to identify the source of the seeps from both exploration and environmental standpoints. The source of the seeps can be linked to subsurface sources by comparison of carbon and deuterium isotopic ratios of hydrocarbon seeps with reservoir fluids. Crude oil seeps can also be directly linked with reservoir oil based on stable aromatic hydrocarbon compositions determined through spectral fluorescence analysis of soils, ocean bottom and shot-hole sediments and/or groundwater. In very leaky basins, oil-field brine fluids can ascend faults to surface resulting in unique halide and metal anomalies in soils and groundwater. Less commonly, biomarkers may be used to link surface seeps with underling oil sources provided concentrations are high enough in the seeps.

Although linking surface seeps with underlying hydrocarbon sources can be challenging, it is important to the outcome of both exploration and environmental investigations. Examples will be given from exploration surveys conducted in the Williston Basin (Bakken Shale-hosted Roncot t oi l field), Michigan Basin (Trenton Dolomite-hosted Albion-Scipio oil field), Green River Basin (Lance Sandstone-hosted Jonah tight gas field) and the Great Basin (Guilmette/Simonson Dolomitehosted Grant Canyon oil field). The Michigan Basin geochemical survey in combination with a 3D seismic survey helped with the discovery of additional oil reserves. Oil seeps over the field were compositionally identical to produced oil from the 4,000-foot deep Trenton dolomite reservoir. Geochemical surveys done in the Williston and Green River Basins demonstrated their effectiveness for defining potential “sweet spots” (structural traps and overpressure) in the Bakken shale and Lance sandstone reservoirs respectively. Trace element anomalies (e.g., lithium) in soils over the Grant Canyon Oil Field were directly linked with leaking oil-field sodium bicarbonate waters. Forensic geochemical tools were used to determine the source of anomalous hydrocarbon concentrations in groundwater and soil gas from the DJ and Raton Basins. In the DJ Basin, anomalous dissolved methane in domestic water wells was compositionally linked to a shallow coal-bearing formation rather than the deeper D- and J-Sand productive intervals based on organic and inorganic parameters. In the Raton Basin, methane seeps observed along creeks and over abandoned coal mines were derived mainly from Raton Formation coals. Water wells cased in these coals contain significant levels dissolved methane and nonpathogenic bacteria that cause explosion hazards and poor water quality, respectively. The poor maintenance of most Raton Basin water wells has led to the water quality and yield problems that are inevitably blamed on CBM gas producers.

Luncheon will be held at the Marriott City Center at California and 17th St.
Please check the event listing in the lobby for the room.
Check-in/walk-in registration begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch is served at 12:00 noon, and the talk begins at 12:20 p.m.

The luncheon price is $30.00.
To listen only to the talk, walk-in price is $10.00.
If you make a reservation and do not attend the luncheon, you will be billed for the luncheon.
Online registration closes at 4:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the luncheon.
Cancellations are not guaranteed after that time.

Luncheon Reservations & Information
Call 303-573-8621, email staff@rmag.org or register online at www.rmag.org

go to top

2 Articles on Colo. Geology

Basement-hosted sandstone injectites of Colorado: A vestige of the Neoproterozoic revealed through detrital zircon provenance analysis Christine Smith Siddoway and George E. Gehrels.

Abstract available at

Full article available at

New insights into debris-flow hazards from an extraordinary event in the Colorado Front Range Jeffrey A. Coe, Jason W. Kean, Jonathan W. Godt, Rex L. Baum, Eric S. Jones, David J. Gochis, and Gregory S. Anderson

Full article available at

go to top

Survey on Rules Regarding Water Well Construction and Monitoring

The Board of Examiners for Water Well Contractors has tasked an Environmental Subcommittee to provide review and comment on the current rules regarding water well construction, monitoring well construction, and test holes. As representatives of the Environmental Community, the Subcommittee has the opportunity to provide significant input prior to the rules being revised and promulgated in early 2015. We are requesting that interested stakeholders complete the following short survey to provide the Subcommittee important feedback regarding the existing rules. Please click the link below to start the survey. Your input on this survey is greatly appreciated. Should you have other comments outside of this survey, please feel free to email the Subcommittee at BOE.Env.Com@gmail.com .

Here is a link to the survey:

Thanks for your participation!

go to top


Austin, Texas
March 22-26, 2015

Call for Abstracts - Online Submission Site Open
Key Submission Dates
Oct. 17, 2014 - Deadline for Initial Short and Extended Abstracts
Nov. 20, 2014 - Notice of Abstract Acceptance, Suggested Revisions or Rejection
Jan. 19, 2015 - Deadline for Final Abstracts and Optional Extended Abstracts

The Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) provides geophysicists, engineers, geoscientists and end-users from around the world an opportunity to meet over a 5-day period to discuss nearsurface applications of geophysics and learn about recent developments

Special Sessions
Over 200 Talks & Posters
Equipment Demonstrations
Proceedings CD
Commercial Exhibition Shor t Courses & Workshops
Keynotes on Climate Change, Water & Archeology
Field Trip to Austin Geologic & Engineering Wonders
Off-site Events Including a Texas Roundup & BBQ, Downtown Conference Evening, & Student Social

Keep Up to Date with SAGEEP! Send an email to General Chair Jeff (jeff.paine@beg.utexas.edu ) if you would like to be on an informal email list and receive developing information. Suggest Short Course and Workshop ideas to Short Course Chair Bill Doll (dollw@battelle.org ).

General Chair: Jeff Paine jeff.paine@beg.utexas.edu
Technical Chair: Brad Carr bcarr1@uwyo.edu

go to top

21st Annual 3D Seismic Symposium

Presented by The Denver Geophysical Society & The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202

The 3D Seismic Symposium provides case histories for geophysicists, geologists, landmen and engineers who seek to stay abreast of new 3D technology as applied to petroleum exploration and development.

We are currently soliciting for Speakers and Presentations! Download the Speaker Commitment Form for more information.

Registration, Exhibitor Booths, and Sponsorship will be available from October 1st through January 21st. If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor or purchasing an Exhibitor Booth, please email office@denvergeo.org to be added to the first contact list.

For more information or to register, go to

go to top

2014 Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference, "Geo-Influence"

Friday, November 7, 2014
Sheraton Denver West, 360 Union Blvd, Lakewood CO 80228

Session topics include:
Flood Repair: the Influence of Water, Dams and Levees: Influential Infrastructure, Classic Geotech: Influencing the Sate of the Art, and Hazards: Reducing Influence

The Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference is a biennial, one-day conference hosted by the Colorado Section of ASCE, the ASCE Geo-Institute, CAGE, and AEG-RMS.

Presentations focus on geologic hazards and geotechnical issues impacting the Rocky Mountain region and Colorado's front range.

Conference details:
Schedule and registration form:

go to top

Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture Series

Schedule posted at: http://geology.mines.edu/GE_Lecture-Series , or call 303-273-3800. The Van Tuyl lectures are given every Thursdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Berthoud Hall Room 241.

November 6 Meghan Miller, UNAVCO, President, Joint Heiland/ Van Tuyl: Green Center Metals Hall, TBD

November 13 Weimer Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology & State Geologist of TX, Professor, Allday Endowed Chair of Subsurface Geology: “Results of Recent 4-year U.S. Shale Gas Reserves and Production Forecast Study”

November 20 Roy Haggarty, Oregon State University-Geological Sciences:“Interaction of Climate and Land Use Change with Water Resources in the Williamette Basin, Oregon”

go to top

RFP for Placer Gold Mining Project

The Colorado State Land Board and Aurora Water have released a joint solicitation to request proposals from operators for a placer gold mining project in Lake County, Colorado.

Please see the following website for details on this offering: http://trustlands.state.co.us/NewsandMedia/Documents/Solicitation%20of%20Offers%20(SOO)%20-%20Box%20Creek%20Placer%20Gold%20Lease.pdf

go to top

NGWA Workshop — Groundwater Quality and Unconventional Gas Development: Is There a Connection?

November 13-14, 2014
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Join groundwater and other industry professionals to discuss sampling, monitoring, and research approaches to evaluate issues and concerns regarding the possibility for contamination of shallow groundwater by stray gases, formation waters, and chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, as greater use of this technology has expanded.

Keynote address: Evolution of Groundwater Monitoring — Implications for Shale Gas; John A. Cherry, Ph.D., University of Guelph


  • Fred Baldassare, Echelon Applied Geoscience Consulting
  • Susan Brantley, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Maurice Dusseault, Ph.D., PE, University of Waterloo
  • Jon Fennell, Ph.D., PG, Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd.
  • Anthony Gorody, Ph.D., PG, Universal Geoscience Consulting Inc.
  • Richard Jackson, Ph.D., PE, Geofirma Engineering Ltd.
  • Peter B. McMahon, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey
  • Lisa Molofsky, GSI Environmental Inc.
  • Jean-Philippe Nicot, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Beth L. Parker, Ph.D., University of Guelph
  • Stephen Richardson, Ph.D., GSI Environmental Inc.
  • Christine Rivard, Ph.D., Geological Survey of Canada
  • Donald Siegel, Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Daniel Soeder, U.S. Department of Energy
  • John H. Williams, U.S. Geological Survey

To register or for more info, go to http://www.ngwa.org/Events-Education/shortcourses/Pages/224nov14.aspx

go to top

UNC's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Seminar Series

The University of Northern Colorado Earth Sciences Program hosts multidisciplinary seminars on most Friday afternoons in Ross Hall, Room 3240, Greeley, CO
3:30 Snacks, meet the speaker; 4:00-5:00 Seminar; Post-seminar discussion with speaker. Snacks, sandwiches/pizza & beverages provided.

November 7. NIGEL KELLY, University of Colorado, “Geochemistry and Petrology Associated with Ore Deposits”

November 14. RANDI HOGDEN, Ph D Candidate, Biology, UNC, “Potential Environmental Impacts of Shale Development on Proximate Flora”

November 21. JULIE SEXTON, Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, UNC, “Retention Factors for Geoscience Students”


December 5. POSTER FEST with Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Faculty, DOZENS OF POSTERS! FOOD! CELEBRATE!! CAKE!!!

Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences Seminar Schedule

Schedule posted at: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/geo-news-and-events/department-seminars . Seminars are located in Room 320, Warner College of Natural Resources (NR) Building on Friday afternoons, and will begin at 4:00 p.m. (alternative dates/times/locations may occasionally be noted). Questions? Please call (970) 491-5661.

Friday, November 7 Bryan Shuman, University of Wyoming U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Multi-century Droughts and Abrupt Hydrologic Changes in Colorado's Recent Past

Friday, November 14 Jonathan Friedman, USGS. Reconstructing River Flow in the Western Great Plains Using Cottonwood Tree Rings

Friday, December 5 Benjamin Burger, Utah State University. Reinventing the Classroom Experience for the Digital Age: Teaching Online, Broadcast, and Flipped Geology Classes for the Facebook Generation.

go to top

University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule

Schedule posted at: http://www.colorado.edu/geolsci/colloquium.htm. All talks are held in the Benson Earth Sciences Auditorium (180) every Wednesday at 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted. **Refreshments are served at 3:30 on the 3rd floor**

November 5. Craig Jones, CU-Boulder. “Significance of the Sierran Orogen.”

November 12. Rebecca Kuglitsch / Katie Lage, CU-Boulder. “Managing the Impact of your Research, Authors Rights, and Access to Scholarship.”

November 19. Dustin Trail, University of Rochester. “Tracking the oxidation state of Earth’s mantle through time.”.

go to top

Hydrofracturing Wastewater Reuse Webinar

U.S. oil and natural gas producers who use hydraulic fracturing are discovering the untapped potential of wastewater reuse.

While reuse currently accounts for less than 1% of the 21 billion barrels of wastewater managed by U.S. oil and gas producers each year, the trend is rapidly growing in favor of reuse. In fact, reports show 87% reuse in the Marcellus formation..

This trend is fueled by the growing number of challenges and limited options associated with properly treating and disposing of hydrofracturing wastewater. Irrigation, livestock watering, and various industrial applications are an unattractive option due to the strict regulations and high treatment costs.

Treated hydraulic fracturing effluent discharged into surface water is not a realistic option due to the questionable ability to cost-effectively meet regulations, the extremely high treatment costs, and negative public sentiment. Reuse allows producers to reduce water management costs, lower treatment costs, lessen regulatory burdens, and conserve natural resources.

Sign up for this informative one-hour on-demand webinar on "Hydrofracturing Wastewater: How We Produce It, and How We Can Use It", by Dr. Barry Stevens, in which he will investigate both the challenges presented by wastewater reuse in the hydraulic fracturing process.

Highlights of 60 min Session:

  • Issues regarding terminology of : flowback water, produced water, reuse and recycling
  • Challenges
  • Hydro-fracturing
  • Water management
  • Water pathway
  • Beneficial and non-beneficial use of wastewater
  • Market drivers
  • Cost analysis
  • Federal, state and local regulations

If interested, you can directly register at http://www.audiosolutionz.com/energy-amp-environment/hydraulic-fracturing.html?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=marco_300414&utm_campaign='EEGY0D0M

Got people to train? Call 800-458-2965 for special pricing on multiple attendee registration.

go to top

AEG, ASCE, and CAGE Biennial Geo-Conference Friday, November 7, 2014

Save the date for the next Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference!

The Rocky Mountain Section of AEG, Geo-Institute Chapter of the Colorado Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Colorado Association of Geotechnical Engineers (CAGE), are sponsoring the 15th biennial Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference. The conference this year is titled "Geo-Influence" and will cover topics related to the interacting (and counteracting) influences of nature, geology, and the geoscientist. Topics related to the influences of water, infrastructure design, classic geotechnical practices, and geologic hazards will be covered. Presentations will focus on flood repairs for the Great Front Range Flood of 2013, GIS modeling of economic risk associated with post-fire debris flow flooding, construction, evaluation and remediation for dams and levees, mountain tunnel rehab, and certain recent influences on classic geotechnical techniques and standards. Talks will also cover techniques and strategies for handling certain geologic hazards, including a landslide rating system for Colorado highways, a launched soil nail technique, and full-scale rockfall barrier testing in Colorado. The keynote speaker this year will be William McCormick with Fires and Floods and Dams….Oh My!. The conference also includes multiple exhibitors, breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, and a sponsored after-conference reception. The conference will be on Friday November 7, 2014, from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel (360 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228) and will cost $150 per person.
Registration details coming soon!

go to top

Popular Geology Book Announcement

Golden Publishers is pleased to announce the publication of their latest book, Geology of Colorados Parks & Monuments, by Dr. John Lufkin, Golden, CO. The book is written in a style that non-geologists and geologists alike can understand and appreciate.

Features of the book include:

  • 129 pages in large format, 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Descriptions of 16 sites in Colorado, including all nine of the National Parks & Monuments, and seven other parks and protected areas
  • 218 color illustrations and photographs
  • Eight geologic maps redone in Adobe Illustrator
  • 127 terms defined in the Glossary
  • 86 References

For a limited time only, the books will be sold direct from the publishers at the wholesale price of $25.00 plus shipping and handling. In ordering a book, please fill out the information on the Order Form, and send to Golden Publishers. If you are unable to print out the Order Form, then simply send me a check or money order for the book that you want. For further information, please contact Dr. Lufkin at lufk3@comcast.net .

Table of Contents

1.0 INTRODUCTION       1
4.1 Rocky Mountain National Park      11
4.2 Red Rocks Park       20
4.3 Dinosaur Park       24
4.4 Roxborough State Park       27
4.5 Garden of the Gods       30
4.6 Picket Wire Canyonlands, Comanche Grassland       32
4.7 Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument       38
4.8 Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve       50
4.9 Wheeler Geologic Area       58
5.0 Mesa Verde National Park       62
5.1 Canyons of the Ancients National Monument       72
5.2 Chimney Rock National Monument       81
5.3 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park       85
5.4 Colorado National Monument       92
5.5 Dinosaur National Monument       97
5.6 Trinidad State Park       109
REFERENCES       114
GLOSSARY       120

go to top

Denver Mining Club Schedule


Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
3677 South Santa Fe Drive, Sheridan, CO 80110
(Southwest side at Santa Fe Dr. & Hampden Ave.)
(Purchase of buffet lunch required)
Every Monday, except when noted
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (+/-)

November 10.--Bob Bair, Numismatist and Educator. Clark and Gruber Colorado Territorial Gold Coins and the Denver Mint.

November 17.-- Linda Fullerton Clark and Ed Crabtree. Mining for Child Literacy thru Little Free Libraries in Denver.

November 24.--Tim Kelly, Oil and Gas Leasing Manager, Colorado State Land Board. The Footprint of Future Energy Development in Colorado.

Dick Beach, Secretary, (303) 986-6535. See past and future DMC talks at the web site: www.denverminingclub.org .

The Denver Mining Club is a public forum for the many facets of the mineral industry. Volunteer to give a talk if you have an interesting story to share about your specialty; we'll buy your lunch! Phone Dick Beach, 303-986-6535.

Other coming events:

Western Museum of Mining & Industry. Thurs., Nov. 6, 2014, reception at 6 pm, Heritage Lecture: Noel Maurer, Steam Shovels and the Panama Canal, at 7 pm. WMMI, 225 North Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO. For more information, see the web site: www.wmmi.org .

Denver Area Minerals Dealers Show. Nov. 14-16, 2014, at the Exhibit Halls, Jeffco Fairgrounds. Minerals, fossils, gems, & jewelry. Open to the public; free parking and admission. For more information call: 303-279-5504.

SME Colorado Section. Monthly meeting and dinner. Thurs., Nov., 20, 2014, 6 pm (dinner), 7pm (program). Speaker: Dr. Priscilla Nelson, Prof. & Head, Dept. Mining Engineering, CSM, Infrastructure in Major Cities. The Vista at Applewood Golf Club, 14001 W. 32nd Ave., Golden, CO. Register at http://community.smenet.org/Colorado/Events/UpcomingEvents/

CSM Geology Museum Garage (& Book) Sale. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 22-23, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, 13th and Maple St., Golden, CO. Books, maps, journals, minerals, fossils. All are invited! For more info, contact 303-273-3815.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry. Sat., Nov. 29, 2014, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Gold Assay Process: Magic or Chemistry? Seminar on the basics of gold ore assaying. WMMI, 225 North Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO. For more information, see the web site: http://www.wmmi.org .

go to top

USGS TopoView

Speaking on behalf of all NGMDB project colleagues, it's a distinct honor to invite you to the new "TopoView" site. Why is it an honor? Because TopoView highlights what many consider to be the USGS's flagship product, the topographic map.

TopoView is intended to serve the immediate need for the older, conventionally printed topographic maps to become easily searched, viewed, and downloaded. The ~163,000 maps available through this interface were scanned by the USGS Historical Topographic Mapping Collection (HTMC) project.

In terms of design, TopoView is an outgrowth of the NGMDB's MapView application. It was developed with guidance and support of the HTMC project, and the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP), and we're grateful for their cooperation and support.

TopoView was developed relatively quickly and may continue to evolve in cooperation with the NGP. We're not yet sure where it's headed, but here are some possible directions it might take:
• extending TopoView to also show current (and superseded) maps that are produced by the US TOPO project
• providing links to downloadable geoTIFFs, and map sales
• replacing bounding boxes with historical quadrangle map images
• providing access to any paper topographic maps missing from this collection that may, in the future, be found and scanned.

For TopoView's development, I gladly acknowledge the fine work from NGMDB colleagues, principally Chris Garrity, with assistance by Rob Wardwell and Nancy Stamm. And of course, a sincere thanks to Greg Allord, for developing and executing the HTMC project.

We hope you find TopoView useful, and look forward to comments that will improve it.
Please see:

David R. Soller

Editor’s Comment: Have patience with the site. It is in beta mode and a little slow at least when I tried it. Also, you MUST allow pop-ups on your browser to be able to even see the backgound search map!.

go to top

Job Board

Field Technician, Moab

We are looking for a part-time Field Technician to support a variety of construction and environmental compliance activities related to an exploration drilling program in the Moab area. Responsibilities will include direction, oversight, and verification of construction for access roads, drill pads, and storm-water pollution prevention measures; assistance with cost-tracking and reporting; and coordination with suppliers and contractors.

We anticipate an average workload of 20-30 hours per week, though this will vary depending upon actual construction activity. Technician will report to, and coordinate responsibilities and schedule with on-site Owners Representative.

Minimum Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have at least two years of construction-related experience, including work with excavation, grading, and reclamation. We are looking for someone who is dependable, who takes pride in their work, and who works well as part of a team. Candidates must have strong communication skills (verbal and written), good organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. College degree preferred.

The Field Technician must have a clean driving record, reliable transportation with the ability to drive on dirt/gravel/muddy roads, a cellular phone, and safety boots. Technician will be reimbursed for mileage, use of personal cell phone, and other approved project-related expenses. Forsgren will provide safety equipment and training (as required), a work space, and access to a computer, as needed.

About Forsgren
Forsgren Associates is a full-service Civil Engineering and Environmental Consulting firm. We provide planning, permitting, engineering, and construction services for industry, utilities, and municipalities in the development of infrastructure for natural resources, water, wastewater, transportation, and development projects. We serve clients across the western U.S. with 140 employees in 12 offices.

We offer competitive pay, rewarding work, and opportunities for professional growth. We respect the personal needs of our employees, and actively promote a healthy balance between your work life and your personal life. We empower our people to succeed, and reward them for their success. To learn more about Forsgren, please visit our web page: www.forsgren.com

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please send an email with “Field Technician, Moab” as the subject, and including a letter of introduction and resume to: succeed@forsgren.com

go to top

PA Geologic Survey Bureau - Director

Director, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Full-time, senior management service position serving as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvanias State Geologist responsible for directing DCNRs statewide program of collecting, preserving and disseminating impartial information on the Commonwealths geology, geologic resources, and topography in order to contribute to the understanding and conservation of its land and its associated resources. This position will actively engage with both internal DCNR staff and external entities, such as other Commonwealth agencies to encourage, foster, and develop collaborative relationships with stakeholders in state, federal, and international agencies, academic institutions, private industry and the public. This position will also collaborate with other State Geologists in the formulation of national earth science policies, programs and related issues and will develop DCNR and statewide earth science policies and programs.

Salary range is $76,519 to $116,265 with an attractive benefits package.

A Master's degree in geology, hydrogeology, or a related geologic specialty field; and nine years of professional experience in the geologic research field. Four of the nine years of required experience must have included managerial and second-level supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which affords the applicant the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, and includes a minimum of four years of managerial and second-level supervisory experience. A necessary special requirement of this position is licensure as a Professional Geologist by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or a reciprocal jurisdiction, where there can be no exemption from such licensure as defined in Section 5, Exemption from Licensure, of the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law (as amended).

The position’s official headquarters are Middletown, PA.
However, the work location of this position will either be in Middletown, PA or Pittsburgh, PA depending on the operational need and geographical location of the selected candidate. If headquartered in Pittsburgh, occasional travel to Middletown will be required.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest with a detailed resume postmarked by COB Tuesday, November 11, 2014, to:

Debbie Gray
The Bureau of Human Resources, Organization Management and Staffing Services Division
PO Box 8768
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8768

Questions can be directed to (717) 705-1082

go to top

TonaTec Exploration - Safety and Health Coordinator

TonaTec Exploration is seeking an experienced Safety and Health coordinator to lead and execute safety initiatives in health, safety, injury prevention and risk mitigation.

Responsibilities include

  • Building of relationships with field crews.
  • Client required interactions, and follow through.
  • Policy development and improvement.
  • Accident investigation, and follow up.
  • Safety training.
  • Safety inspections.
  • Documentation.

To excel in this role you will need

  • Need to be familiar with safety and health in Mining or Drilling industry.
  • Professional communication skills.
  • Knowledge of health and safety statutory requirements, MSHA and OSHA regulations, codes of practice and guidelines, and the ability to apply these to a work environment.
  • Energy, enthusiasm and passion to work as part of a team.
  • To travel regularly to projects throughout the western states.

TonaTec offers competitive pay and benefits.

If you feel you are interested in this position please send a resume to Steve Bills at steve@tonatec.com .

go to top

Two Senior Level Coal Mining Positions - Asia

FIRST POSITION - COO, Large Coal Mining Operation in Asia We are currently working on an overseas position to recruit an accomplished Senior Mining Operations Executive that can manage the commissioning & operations of multiple coal mines. These are large coal mines that will have throughputs anywhere from 10 – 20 million tons annually in multiple locations. Candidate must have held a similar role to qualify for the position.

SECOND POSITION - VP of Coal Mining Operations, Asia We are currently looking for a person with strong Mine Managerial experience for an operating coal mine that produces 15 million tons annually. Candidates must have held a Mine Manager or a Production Manager’s position in a large mine to qualify for this position.

Both positions with a very large conglomerate with global business in the energy & infrastructure including ports totaling over $10 billion in revenues and a market capitalization in excess of $20 billion. The positions are an EXPAT position based in Asia. Excellent COMPENSATION + BONUSES + EXPAT BENEFITS.

Ravi Krishnan
Krishnan & Associates
1516 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT 06905 www.krishnaninc.com
Tel: 203.921.1800; Cell: 203.257.9232
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ravikrishnan2
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Krishnan

go to top

Job Opening with Geophysics Company

THG Geophysics, Ltd,, an international near-surface geophysical consulting company, is currently seeking a geologist to join its team. The full-time position entails geologic and geophysical field investigations of near-surface phenomenon and includes extensive overnight travel locally and throughout the US. Requirements include a B.S. in geology (with a course in geophysics a plus) and 0-5 years of geologic experience.

Please send a resume to Maggie Beird at gmhb@geo-image.com .

go to top

Alamos Gold Inc. - Chief Geochemist

Alamos Gold Inc.
Position: Chief Geochemist
Reports to: Director, Exploration

Alamos Gold is an established Canadian-based gold producer that owns and operates the Mulatos Mine in Mexico, and has exploration and development activities in Mexico and Turkey. The Company employs more than 600 people in Mexico, Turkey and Canada and is committed to the highest standards of environmental management, social responsibility, and health and safety for its employees and neighboring communities. Alamos shares are traded on the TSX and NYSE under the symbol AGI.

Role Overview: Working under the supervision of the Director, Exploration, the Chief Geochemist is to ensure the application of industry best practices from the collection of samples in the field through all steps including regular, ongoing QAQC procedures and protocols until the final geochemical and assay data can be presented and reported where and when required; such as in formal corporate reporting and the disclosure of mineral resources and reserves for the company.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Alamos Gold Inc. 130 Adelaide Street West, Suite 2200, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 3P5; Fax: 416.368.2934; http://www.alamosgold.com

go to top

Humboldt State, Arcata, CA - Job Openings

The Geology department at Humboldt State Univ. would like to ask that you share the following job postings with anyone you think would be interested in applying:

Job #7608
Geology: Geomorphology, Surficial Processes, Neotectonics, and/or Quaternary Geoscience First Review of Applications: November 3, 2014

Job #7619
Geology: Petrology
First Review of Applications: November 3, 2014

Both tenure-track postings may be accessed by going to http://www.humboldt.edu/aps/employment/tenure.html

Laurie Marx
Department of Geology, Humboldt State Univ, 707-826-3931, Founders Hall, Room 7
1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521
Fax: 707-826-5241
lm1713@humboldt.edu , or geology@humboldt.edu

go to top

Maryland Geological Survey is recruiting for a Field Geologist.

If you know of anyone who may be interested, please forward this advertisement and the link below to the interested person. Application deadline is Sept. 30.


Richard A. Ortt, Jr.
Maryland Geological Survey
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 2300 St. Paul Street; Baltimore, MD 21218
richard.ortt@maryland.gov http://www.mgs.md.gov

go to top

Staff / Entry Level Geologists and Engineering Geologists

American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc.

Responsibilities will include field inspection, analysis and report preparation under the direction of senior engineers and geologists.

Must be well organized, eager to learn, hardworking, and willing to take on a wide variety of field and reporting task. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a good understanding of the geology of Pennsylvania.

Willingness to travel and stay overnight at job locations. We anticipate that this position will require possible 75 percent travel sometimes for extended periods – mostly within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

PennDOT certified Drill inspection experience a plus. You will need a BS minimum with 0-5 years experience.

To contact us:
Phone: (724) 916-0300
Fax: (724) 916-0315
Email: Info@agesinc.com for information and Jobs@agesinc.com for job opportunities

go to top

The Island of Fiji Job

The Island of Fiji is looking for a chief geologist.


go to top

Oregon Jobs

Alamos Gold Inc is hiring at our Quartz Mountain Gold Ltd. subsidiary located in Lakeview, Oregon.

1. ENVIRONMENTAL COORDINATOR. Based in Lakeview, Oregon, the Environmental Coordinator is responsible for regularly communicating with the Director, Government and Community Relations, and Permitting on acts, procedures, and operations which are out of compliance or incongruent with approved site permits, applicable environmental regulations and/or good environmental practice. In the event of noncompliance or incongruent finding, the Environmental Coordinator is expected to suggest an alternative act, procedure or operation which would result in improved environmental compliance.

Qualifications and Experience: Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies or related Science program; Minimum 5 – 8 years of experience, 3 – 5 of which must be direct experience with environmental permitting in mining or a similar sector; Experience with environmental and exploration permitting in a North/West (US) jurisdiction would be an asset.

Full Job Description and Application Instructions: Please apply online, no phone calls please. Company is willing to pay for relocation to the Lakeview area.

2. GEOTECHNICIAN. Based in Lakeview, Oregon, the Geotechnician is responsible for geotechnical core measurements, collection and preparation of geochemical samples for submittal to laboratories, maintaining the core shack, differential GPS operation, environmental audit of exploration sites, select data management, select data processing, set-up and preparation of diamond drill core for logging and any other reasonable duties associated with regional field work as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience: Ability to work in the field under potentially adverse weather conditions, if necessary; Ability to lift moderately heavy objects; 50 lbs. or less; Knowledge of computers and data entry; Familiarity with GPS devices; High school diploma; Valid driver’s license; Able to drive a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Hours of Work: 2:00 PM -11:30 PM (work dates to be determined)

Full Job Description and Application Information: Please apply online by Sept 30, 2014, no phone calls please. Seeking a local area, entry-level candidate.
https://english-careers-alamosgold.icims.com/jobs/1293/geotechnician/job .

go to top

Jobs in Reno

M2 Technical Services Inc. of Spokane Washington has just opened an office in Reno Nevada, and is accepting resumes for Geologists and others who are involved in mineral exploration. M2 was founded in 2005, and focuses on providing services for mineral exploration in the US and in other countries.

All candidates should provide the following information in their cover letter: level of education, years of industry experience, areas of high competence (project management, core logging, ARC-GIS, modeling, claim staking, etc), countries/states worked in, and fluency of foreign languages.

Resumes can be hand delivered on Friday 8:00am - 4:00 pm to our office at 5450 Riggins Court, Suite 2 in Reno, or e-mailed to adminassistant@m2tsi.com .

M2 will consider options of full-time employment, part-time employment, or contractors (must have business license).

Todd Mears
President, M2 Technical Services, Inc.

go to top

Kansas Geological Survey

Position: Outreach Coordinator (00008422)
Official University Title: Program Assistant

Starting Date: Position available November 17, 2014; exact start date negotiable.
Application Deadline: First consideration will be given to applications received by September 15, 2014.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: Starting salary range is $55,000 - $75,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Full-time position with 12-month appointment to unclassified professional staff at the University of Kansas, subject to six-month probationary period and annual review. Benefits include university staff privileges; 22 days of vacation leave, 12 days sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical/dental/vision, life insurance, and retirement program options.

Position Overview: Coordinate the Outreach program, which furthers the mission of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) by developing materials, projects, and services that communicate information about the geology of Kansas, the state's natural resources, and the products of the KGS to the people of the state.

Responsibilities and percent of time devoted to each
(40%) Coordinate the KGS's annual Kansas Field Conference for legislators, agency personnel, business leaders, and others. Duties include developing ideas, issues, and site visits related to the state's natural resources; working with agencies and organizations that co-sponsor the Conference; contacting presenters; coordinating logistics; and leading the conference.
(10%) Track and provide legislative updates to keep KGS personnel apprised of legislation and committee activities that may pertain to KGS programs, activities, or personnel. Attend legislative hearings and represent the KGS as appropriate.
(25%) Assist KGS personnel with dissemination of research results in non- or semi-technical terminology and format the information for consumption by legislators, State and University officials, educators, and the general public.
(25%) Other duties that support the Outreach and Public Service program including developing non-technical and semi-technical reports, circulars, and other materials about the state's geology, natural resources, and related issues; public presentations, seminars, workshops, and field trips; representing the KGS in public forums as appropriate; and answering inquiries related to the geology and natural resources of Kansas.

Qualifications will be evaluated by the content and quality of the written application materials. Oral communication skills will be evaluated by an interview and by reference checks.
Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in the geosciences; or bachelor's degree in another field and significant coursework or work experience related to the geosciences.
  • Demonstrated oral communication skills, including experience in public speaking.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing for publication or unpublished nontechnical or semi-technical reports.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • At least two years of experience communicating scientific information to a nontechnical audience.

Position Requirement

  • Kansas driver's license required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree or substantial experience in a geoscience field (particularly geology).
  • Knowledge about natural-resource issues, particularly those related to Kansas.
  • Knowledge of Kansas geography and geology.
  • Experience coordinating group events.
  • Broad background in the natural sciences.
  • Experience communicating with state legislators and other high-level decision makers.
  • At least two years of professional work experience applying and communicating scientific information.

Application Procedure
Apply online at https://employment.ku.edu/staff/1671BR . Complete the University of Kansas Unclassified Professional Staff Application, attach (upload):
Cover letter addressing each required and preferred qualification.
Contact information for three professional references.
A complete application will consist of all items above; incomplete applications will not be considered.
Priority application deadline is Monday, September 15, 2014.
Review of applications begins on September 16, 2014. Posting will remain open until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.

Application inquiries:
Annette Delaney, Kansas Geological Survey
Phone: (785) 864-2152 Fax: (785) 864-5317
Email: hr@kgs.ku.edu

go to top

BLM - Mining Engineer/Geologist

Mining Engineer/Geologist (Interdisciplinary) GS-0880/1350, GS-09/11
Announcement No: NV-DEU-2014-0167
Opens: 09/10/2014 - Closes: 09/24/2014
Location: Winnemucca, Nevada
Promotion Potential: GS-11
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
Who May Be Considered: All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
To apply, please visit the website address: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/380647300

Geologist, GS-1350-07/09/11
Announcement No: NV-DEU-2014-0169
Opens: 09/12/2014 - Closes: 09/26/2014
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Promotion Potential: GS-11
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
Who May Be Considered: All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
To apply, please visit the website address: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/380863100

go to top

Deputy Director - Arizona Geological Survey

The Arizona Geological Survey (www.azgs.az.gov), an independent state agency reporting directly to the Governor, seeks to hire a Deputy Director at its headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, with strong team-building, leadership, management, and communication skills and the ability to design, implement, and manage complex, multidisciplinary scientific programs in support of agency and state needs. The agency has never had a Deputy Director position, but increased demands to manage the growing staff, carry out the portfolio of large complex projects, and seek state and grant funding, require establishment of the position.

Job Summary
Acts in a senior capacity to manage the internal operations of the agency that are necessary to carry out its programs and activities. Assists the Director and Section Chiefs in developing the agency's programs, maintain scientific and technical proficiency of staff members and the agency, helps construct and implement the agency's annual work plans and priorities based on available resources, allocates agency human and fiscal resources, and responds to requests and inquiries from the Governor, Legislature, local, state, and federal agencies, business and industry, news media, professional organizations, and the public. Supervises the agency's Section Chiefs. Acts on behalf of department director in the Director´s absence; represents the agency with its stakeholders, clients, and partners. Carries out geoscience projects in the incumbents area of scientific expertise or as needed.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Degree in Geological or Earth Sciences or closely related field, and at least 5 years of experience in the management of scientific programs; advanced degree encouraged
  • Managerial experience overseeing complex projects involving teams of geologists, computer and information scientists, and other professionals and support staff with diverse educational and work experience backgrounds

Position Type:
Permanent position, E1, in Arizona State Government, salary range, $51,499 - $97,335.
The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package that can be effective within the first two weeks of your employment that includes affordable health, dental and vision insurance, accrued vacation and sick leave, 10 holidays per year; long-term disability; retirement plan; and life insurance. Optional employee benefits include deferred compensation, short-term disability, flexible spending account for medical/dependent care expenses and supplemental life insurance.
We also offer free covered garage parking, Tuition Reimbursement and Public Transit Discounts.
Position is located in Tucson.

How to Apply:
Fill out an application at: https://azstatejobs.azdoa.gov/ltmprod/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=KG2 or applications may be sent in the form of a resume and cover letter to resumes@azgs.az.gov . Please include “Deputy Director” in your subject line to distinguish your application from other recruitments currently open. First review of applicants will take place September 20, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.

go to top

Geologists Needed

We are looking for Geologists with field and soils classification experience for this 4-5 month project. The pay is anywhere from $25-30/hr depending on experience. The schedule is 6 days on 1 off working 10-12 hours/day so the opportunity to earn Overtime and Double time also exists.

Ideal candidates will have experience working with rigs, drilling techniques, and most importantly experience with soils classifications and analysis according to ASTM standards.

We have had Geologists come up from Riverside, the Central Coast, and even Las Vegas for the project as the cost of living in Yuba City is very affordable.

Patrick Rickards
Recruiter, Aerotek
Environmental, Construction, Architecture, & Engineering
3101 Zinfandel Drive, Suite 350
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

go to top

Geologists/Geotechnical Engineers Needed

My name is Julie Page. I recruit and staff for TPD Workforce & HR Solutions. We are one of the approved vendors to staff for Rio Tinto, Kennecott Copper, and Kennecott Exploration. Currently we have two openings for Geologists/Geotechnical Engineers. It is a high-paying contract job to go through the end of the year.

If you are aware of anyone who might be interested in this would you please pass my name and number to them. Below is the job link: http://tpd.theresumator.com/apply/IiOgNH/GeologicalGeotechnical-Engineer.html

If you are aware of any organizations- Professors, or contacts that I should check in with for help in filling these I would really appreciate your help.

Julie Page
Staffing Services Coordinator
Phone: 801-285-7643; Toll free: 1-888-685-3530:
Workforce & HR Solutions
Visit TPD.com to learn more.

go to top

MSHA Safety Director

Part time to Full Time position
Western Lithium Corporation

Western Lithium Corporation (WLC) is seeking to hire an MSHA Safety Director for the WLC Kings Valley Clay Mine site located near Orovada, Nevada. This is a relatively small start-up industrial minerals operation. Planned start-up is within two months. This would be a full time position during start-up for the first few months. The Safety Director position could turn into a part time position after initial start-up or, depending on interest and company needs, could turn into a permanent position and involve other duties including OSHA safety at a new clay plant currently under construction in Fernley, Nevada.

The MSHA Safety Director would be responsible for site wide health and safety concerns, implementation of the companys safety policies, evaluation of safe work procedures and ensuring compliance with MSHA regulations, including the preparation of MSHA report forms as required and responding to on-site inspections, etc. The position would also maintain accurate records of employee training, employee health monitoring, MSHA reporting, and be responsible for enforcing the drug and alcohol policy. In addition, the position would also be responsible for updating the companys Product Safety Data Sheets and product warning labels; controlling employee exposure to hazardous waste and chemicals; and responsible for the proper disposal of regulated and hazardous waste which may be generated by the company. Additional duties may include implementing EPAs Toxic Release Inventory reporting, State Air Quality permit compliance reporting, and performing other related duties as assigned.

The position will be based in WLCs Reno, Nevada Office. Travel to the mine site would be required.

Qualified candidates need to show expertise in the safety field. Must have 5 years minimum experience, the ability to conduct on site audits and be able to identify and correct hazardous workplace conditions. Certification as an MSHA instructor is beneficial or must be willing to work towards becoming an MSHA instructor. Additional requirements include strong communication skills, presentation and writing skills, ability to perform work independently and without supervision. Candidates must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Programs. Candidates must be able to push/pull/lift 50 pounds on a limited basis, stand for up to 8 hours, hold a current valid Nevada drivers license, and be able to drive a vehicle for up to 5 hours in one period. Position requires employees to successfully complete a pre-employment reference check, background check, and pre-employment physical.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and detailed resume to:

Jessica Maples, Office Manager
Western Lithium Corporation
3685 Lakeside Drive, Reno, Nevada 89509

go to top

GIS Specialist — Reno, Nevada

Enviroscientists, Inc.

Skills required:
Skills required:
Proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS
Understanding of coordinate systems, projections, datum Cartography (map making, layouts, etc)

What we do:
Receive/process data (from clients, agencies, subcontractors, Enviroscientists’ field personnel).
Create/edit GIS data. May require digitizing from paper products or ungeoreferenced digital products.
Organize/manage GIS data.
Create/edit metadata for GIS data.
Convert between digital data formats (ESRI ArcGIS, MapInfo, AutoCAD, GPS (Garmin, Trimble)).
GIS analysis of data (measurements, buffers, intersections, slopes, viewsheds, etc.)
Create maps/illustrations for project documents, proposals, etc.
Convert data from one coordinate system and datum to another, as necessary.
Compile GIS data and send to clients, agencies, and subcontractors.

Anyone interested should contact Gail Liebler in Reno at (775) 826-8822 and/or send a resume to info@enviroincus.com .

go to top

Career Opportunity - Senior Geologist/Engineer

Excellent career opportunity for motivated senior geologist/engineer with good technical and people skills to take over successful mining/exploration consulting firm in SW Montana. The company conducts industrial minerals and metals exploration, evaluations and mine geology. The company has a sound client base, competent employees, and efficient office facilities.

Founder/owner is retiring but will be available for transition. If interested please call (406) 223-1139.

go to top

Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS (01/31/13)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has published: “Century-scale perspective on water quality in selected river basins of the conterminous United States." The report provides an overview of water quality and anthropogenic changes in selected river basins over the past 100 years. River basins situated within and near Pennsylvania that are included in the report include: the Delaware, Schuylkill, Potomac, and Ohio River basins. An electronic copy of the report can be downloaded at the following link:

go to top

Beneath the Living Room Couch (09/19/12)

An informed homeowner needs to know geology. Now, thanks to Google Earth, some property owners can see the trace of the San Andreas Fault as it cuts across their neighborhood, their property or even their living room. Check it out at http://www.thulescientific.com/san-andreas-fault-map.html.

Armed with this information, does it add or detract from the value of one’s home? Home ownership for most is a big investment that needs to be protected from both man-made and geohazards. If you think your homeowner’s insurance policy covers geohazards you may be in for a surprise. To learn more, click the link below to learn why it’s important for a homeowner to know geology:  http://geology.com/articles/homeowners-insurance.shtml

go to top

MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)

We have now put our latest schedule on our website. Just go to www.aandmsafetyandenvironment.com and click on the schedule tab. If you would like to schedule for any of the classes, you can either call us or click on the contact us tab on the web site.

A&M Safety & Environment, LLC
5815 W. 6th Ave., Ste. 2PB, Lakewood, CO 80214
303-238-5335; 303-238-5337

go to top

Geothermal Energy Website (11/16/10)

For those interested in geothermal energy in Colorado, here is a website of interest:


go to top

101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground (09/09/09)

101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground is an introduction to the incredible range of activities that transform old mines into new futures. Color photographs and brief descriptions take the reader on a world tour of heritage and tourism attractions, wildlife habitats, educational, sport and leisure facilities and dozens of industrial uses - demonstrating that the impacts of mining can be converted from liability to opportunity and benefit for local communities. Produced by the Post-Mining Alliance of the Eden Project, Cornwall UK, this book is an example of how this group promotes good practice in post-mining regeneration by becoming a centre of excellence and repository of knowledge on post-mining regeneration projects.

Copies of this book are available from their online shop www.edenproject.com/shop/101. The price is £9.99 plus a delivery charge of £5. For multiple orders the delivery charge is £15 to anywhere in the world.

For further information on the Post Mining Alliance go to: www.postmining.org. The Post-Mining Alliance plan to continue to collate good examples of post mining land uses, the highlights of which will be posted on their website so if you know of any others, please contact:

Georgina Pearman
Post-Mining Alliance
Eden Project
PL24 2SG

go to top

On-Line Ethics Course (07/08/09)

The Division of Professional Affairs of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists is pleased to announce the release of its first online ethics course. Many of you may be subject to mandatory continuing education via a state board of licensure/registration (for example, the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists) or the DPA's "Board Certified" level of professional certification that requires 1.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) annually in ethics. As a matter of personal professional development goals others of you continue to further educate yourselves by attending seminars, workshops, presentations, etc. to further that end. With that said, the course that the DPA now has online should satisfy most state and DPA "Board Certified" ethics requirements, as well as your own personal, professional development goals.

The course is free to all DPA members, $25.00 for AAPG members, and since ethics has no ties to any one profession, it is also available to non-AAPG members for $35.00. It is comprised of a video presentation lasting approximately 40 minutes followed by a 15-question examination. Once you have successfully passed the examination a certificate of completion will be generated signifying the 1.0 PDH that you have earned and the date on which it was awarded.

Go to the Division of Professional Affairs home page (https://www.aapg.org/dpa/video/video.aspx) to review the video.

The DPA hopes that you will take advantage of this offering. The Division has several additional ethics courses in various stages of completion and will be making those available as they are completed.

Rick L. Ericksen
DPA Past-President

go to top

Reminder on E-Mail Addresses

Please, if your e-mail address is about to change, or if it changes in the future, let me (Doug Peters) know about it as well as sending the update to AIPG Headquarters (aipg@aipg.org). This will ensure that you stay on our e-mail list and receive all notices in a timely fashion as well as additional information from AIPG Headquarters.

go to top


American Institute of Professional Geologists
Colorado Section

2013-14 Scholarship Awards
Rex Monahan Scholarship Fund
April 12, 2013

Up to $500 Available to Undergraduate or Graduate Geology Students


The Colorado Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (CO-AIPG) is pleased to announce a scholarship program to support and encourage undergraduate and graduate students in the geological sciences. An award will be made for the 2013-14 academic year through the Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship.


The principal aim of this scholarship program is to offer financial support to undergraduate and graduate geology students and to encourage serious and deserving students to continue their studies in the geological sciences.


Size Distribution from the Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship Fund for the year 2013-14 will consist of one award of $500 given to one student.

Use of Scholarships

Scholarship awards may be applied toward tuition, fees, field activities, or other costs related to undergraduate or graduate study.

Use Fields of Interest

Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in a geological science at an accredited college or university in the State of Colorado are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Basis of Award

The Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of officers and members of the CO-AIPG, will make the final selection of students to receive a scholarship. The selection will be based on a review of the application form and two letters, one from the student and one from a department faculty member or advisor.

How to Apply

The Scholarship Committee requests an application form and two letters. The first letter, from the applicant, should discuss three evaluation criteria: qualifications, career goals, and financial need. The letter from a faculty member should include a brief summery of the student’s qualifications and accomplishments, and reasons for selecting the candidate.

The application form and both letters should be submitted to the Rex Monahan Scholarship Committee
12000 Washington St., Suite 285
Westminster, Colorado 80241.


Colorado Section Student Application (pdf) - 4/13


Rex Monahan, CPG 424
2005 Recipient - AIPG Honorary Membership Award

Rex started his career in the petroleum industry in 1950, after having served as an infantry officer in Europe in World War II. Upon graduating from college, he moved to Sidney, Nebraska, to work in the oil field as a roughneck for Loffland Brothers Drilling Company. After about a year as a roughneck, his independent oil business began where he developed geologic prospects and raised money to drill wells. Rex has drilled, or been a party to drilling, approximately 200 exploratory wells in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Arkansas. This drilling resulted in 40 discoveries, most of which were commercial. He currently operates producing wells in Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas.

He is a founding Trustee Associate of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), a senior member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), past Chairman of the Colorado-Nebraska Sub-Section of SPE, a Certified Petroleum Geologist, #58, through AAPG, a Certified Professional Geologist, #424, through the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado. He has also authored and co-authored articles which have appeared in the Oil and Gas Journal.

The benefits of geology and the oil industry have provided financing for Rex's lifetime goal, "to better the human condition," and he has pursued this goal chiefly in the field of education. Since a large part of his endeavors have been in education, he began at home in Sterling Colorado, where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Northeastern Junior College of Sterling for the past 22 years. For thirteen of these years he also has served as Chairman.

At Northeastern Junior College, Rex sponsored and financed many students for General Equivalency Diplomas under what he called the Monahan Second- Chance Program. In addition he has financed individual junior college scholarships for single parents. Over 1300 individuals have benefited from these scholarships to date. Rex assisted Regis University in a project to offer a Master of Business Administration Degree through Northeastern Junior College. Twenty students received this degree after the first year, and Rex was among the group, having earned his MBA at the age of 65.

Rex Monahan’s current enterprise, the Monahan Second-Chance Academy, begun in 2001, involves financing scholarships for an Associate in Arts Degree in General Studies for prisoners at the Colorado Department of Corrections facility at Sterling. This was not a new idea for him. From 1969 to 1979 he provided funding for 300 inmates at Colorado State Prison at Canon City to obtain GED diplomas. Since GED study is now state-sponsored, Rex has progressed with the present program to offer the opportunity for an advanced degree. Actually the concept of post-graduate education for offenders is believed to be an innovation in the state of Colorado.

Monahan's previous experience left him with the belief that education is an important factor in rehabilitation, and this is supported by studies which have shown that recidivism decreased markedly with prisoners who have participated in college level courses. With the enthusiastic cooperation of Northeastern Junior College and Sterling Correctional Facility, the program is in place, and the number of students is increasing. In accord with his goals he was one of the founders and serves on the Board of Directors of the Logan County Literacy Coalition, an organization designed to train tutors for literacy improvement among individuals with limited reading skills.

Away from his home turf, as a tireless champion of education, Rex has contributed countless hours of his time, encouragement and financial support to various colleges, the University of Nebraska--his alma mater, Regis University, Morgan Community College, Trinidad State Junior College and the Colorado School of Mines. He takes an active interest in--as well as contributing to--the Friends of Nursing organization of Denver, focusing specifically on scholarships for single parents.

As well as academic education, he has served the community on the Board of Directors of the High Plains Easter Seal Society for twenty-two years, where the chief service was rehabilitation for handicapped, and was on of the founding members of the Rundus Foundation to provide organ and vocal music training.

go to top

Scholarship Fund

Consider contributing to the Scholarship Fund. Why? the Colorado Section's Scholarship Fund is new and growing slowly with other members' contributions. The Scholarship Fund was established to support one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students in Colorado as they pursue geological degrees. The Section has not yet made an award from this fund because we are working to build the fund to a point where it can provide funding for a least one award to one student and eventually sustain itself at the same time. From one award, we expect to expand the fund and award more students.

Please support the students who are the future of the geologic profession.


YES! I wish to support the Scholarship Fund in providing assistance towards tuition or travel to field camps, research and thesis preparation, travel to present the results of thesis work, and recognizing excellence in scholarship and leadership.

Here's my check made out to AIPG-Colorado Section, and sent to:


James A. Russell
1909 Sage Circle
Golden, CO 80401

In the amount of: ___ $25 ___ $50 ___ $100 ___ $500 ___ other

The Scholarship Fund and Future Geologists
Thank You!

go to top


To aid communication between our Colorado Section members and the current Section Board, below are the addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses for our Board members. Note that the Vice-President also serves as chairman for the monthly luncheon program committee.

2014 Colorado Section Board

David Abbott
2266 Forest St.
Denver, CO 80207
Work: (303) 394-0321

President Elect
David Glater
CTL/Thompson, Inc.
2598 S. Xenophon Street
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 825-0777

Vice President

Susan Wager
PO Box 260965
Lakewood, CO 80226
Work: (303) 726-6431

Dick Nielsen
13741 Braun Dr.
Golden, CO 80401
Work: (303) 279-3118

Doug Peters
825 Raptor Point Road
Golden, CO 80403
Work: (303) 278-1540

Advisory Board Representative

Logan MacMillan
5733 W Hoover Ave
Littleton, CO 80123
Work: (303) 241-2572

Tom Van Arsdale
1436 Jasmine Street
Denver, CO 80220
(901) 268-3323

Jack Denman
1842 Clarkson Street
Denver, CO 80218
Work: (303) 830-1188

Reg. & Leg. Committee
Larry Cerillo
12640 W. Cedar Dr.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 674-6484

Doug Peters
825 Raptor Point Road
Golden, CO 80403
Work: (303) 278-1540

Government Relations
Betsy Murray
(303) 478-1207

go to top

The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy & efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.