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CALL FOR PAPERS: 2020 Rocky Mountain Section – AAPG Meeting

January 21, 2020 - March 31, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Four Corners Geological Society and the Grand Junction Geological Society are co-hosting the 2020 Rocky Mountain Section – AAPG Meeting, from September 13-16th at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, CO. Our theme is 20/20 VISION, TURN HINDSIGHT TO FORESIGHT.  We’re pleased to announce that Abstract Submission is now open! Website:

The RMS-AAPG together with the Grand Junction and Four Corners Geological Societies invite abstract submissions for the 2020 meeting. All petroleum geology related topics are welcome, with special emphasis on these themes: SUBMIT ABSTRACTS ON MEETING WEBSITE BY MARCH 31, 2020
• Hindsight to Foresight: Lessons from the History of Exploration and Production
• The Mancos Shale / Western Niobrara Equivalent: Sedimentology, Geochemistry and Physical Properties
• The Powder River Basin Shale Play, A Rockies Powerhouse
• The San Juan Basin: from Conventional Reservoirs to Resource Plays
• Clastic Reservoirs of the Rockies: Sequence Stratigraphy, Reservoir Quality and Producibility
• Geochemistry and Basin Modeling of Rocky Mountain Petroleum Systems
• Lacustrine Basins: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Geochemistry and Petroleum Systems
• The Pennsylvanian System of the Rockies
• Structure, Tectonics, and Geomechanics of the Rocky Mountain Region
• Advances in Seismic Imaging in the Rocky Mountain Region
• The Occurrence and Production of Non-flammable Gasses in Rocky Mountain Area Fields
• Energy Minerals of the Rockies – A Special Session in Honor of Bill Chenoweth
• Applications of Machine Learning and Data Mining to Petroleum Geology and Energy Minerals
• Sustainable Development 1: New Technology and Models for Reservoir Revitalization
• Sustainable Development 2: Carbon Capture Use OR Storage – Turning CO2 from a Liability to an Asset

MEETING OVERVIEW: Technical sessions at the 2020 RMS-AAPG meeting target multiple aspects of energy extraction in the Rocky Mountain region. These include Cretaceous shale plays; classic clastic reservoirs; Pennsylvanian carbonates, evaporites and shales; Tertiary lacustrine deposits; seismic imaging; structure, tectonics, and geomechanics; geochemistry and basin modelling, and a summary of lessons learned from exploration and production in the Rockies. There will be a special session on energy minerals in honor of Bill Chenoweth, and a look at non-flammable gas fields. Machine learning and sustainable development sessions focus on the future of our industry.

Beyond the Technical Program, social events will give attendees opportunities to relax and network. Core poster sessions are planned to highlight rarely viewed core from the Cretaceous Mancos / Western Niobrara Shale, the Pennsylvanian Cane Creek Shale and the carbonate facies of Aneth field. Proposed field trips to the Piceance, Uinta, Paradox and San Juan Basins will cover depositional setting, structural deformation and petroleum systems from the Paleozoic to the Tertiary. (Because of AAPG’s new convention schedule there will not be another chance to take a fieldtrip to these locations until 2024!).

The Two Rivers Convention Center is downtown in a pedestrian-friendly area packed with hotels, restaurants and art galleries. The vast public lands surrounding Grand Junction have become a mecca for mountain bikers. Or attendees can enjoy hiking, river rafting, fishing and vineyard tours. As a bonus, the 29th Annual Colorado Winefest begins on the 17th Get tickets here, they sell out soon! .


We look forward to seeing you in Grand Junction in September!


January 21, 2020
March 31, 2020