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Final Announcement

Geoscience, Technology and Natural Resources

Cordilleran Section, GSA (102nd Annual Meeting)
Pacific Section, AAPG (81st Annual Meeting)
Alaska Section, SPE (Western Regional Meeting)

8-10 May 2006, Anchorage Hilton Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska
please visit for complete meeting details.

Section Officers
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Technical Program Schedule

Technical Program Logistics & Details
Session Info Field Trips Environment Registration Exhibits
Symposium Short Courses Travel Special Events Contact Info
Theme Sessions Student Programs Accommodations Guest Activities  

The 2006 annual meetings of the Cordilleran Section, GSA; the Pacific Section, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG); and the Alaska Section, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), will be held jointly at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. Details about the meeting can also be found at the Anchorage2006 Web site.


The city of Anchorage is located in a natural setting of unparalleled beauty, nestled between the wilderness of the Chugach Mountains and the two arms of upper Cook Inlet. Five mountain ranges and a number of active volcanoes can be seen from the city. The second highest bore tides in North America, numerous glaciers, and land submerged by the largest earthquake in North America are within easy driving distance. Temperatures are mild in early May (50-60 °F), with long hours of daylight.

Anchorage is served by several major airlines through Ted Stevens International Airport, ~5 miles from downtown. The meeting site is the Anchorage Hilton Hotel in the heart of downtown Anchorage. The Hilton is located three blocks from the Alaska Railroad station and several citywide bus routes. It is within easy walking distance of numerous restaurants and clubs, downtown shops, museums, bookstores, and Cook Inlet.

Please make plans to join us and your fellow geoscientists, engineers, and other professionals in a truly amazing state that boasts the nation's largest national parks, largest oil fields, and glaciers the size of other states!


Alaska Airlines is offering discounted fares for travel to and from Anchorage in conjunction with this meeting. Fares on Alaska and Horizon airlines from 2 May to 15 May are included in this special offer. The event name for booking these fares is "AAPG Pacific Section Convention." Reservations must be made by contacting the Alaska Airlines group department at +1-800-445-4435. You need to use the code CMA 0783 in order to get the special rate.

There are travel grants available for students. [ click here for details ]


Rooms have been reserved at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel, the meeting headquarters. Special meeting rates are available for professionals as well as students. More information and a link to make hotel reservations are available at the Anchorage2006 Web site.


Standard Registration Deadline: 1 April 2006

On-site registration will be available at the Hilton Hotel during the meeting. Further details will be published at Anchorage2006 as they become available.

Registration Fees Full Meeting One Day
 Before 1 April   After 1 April 
Professional Member $160 $210 $100
Professional Non-Member $200 $250 $125
Student $50 $50 $25
K-12 Professional $30 $30 $15
Spouse / Guest (no tech sessions) $30 $30 NA
Field Trips or Short Course only $30 $30 NA


GSA, AAPG, and SPE are committed to making their meetings accessible to all people interested in attending. Please indicate special requirements (wheelchair accessibility, etc.) on the registration form. The Hilton Hotel is ADA compliant.


Details of these and possibly other trips are still being finalized. For updated information on field trips, check Anchorage2006 or contact the field trip chair, Tom Plawman, .

1. Chugach Accretionary Prism and Resurrection Bay Ophiolite.
Dwight Bradley, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-907-786-7434; Marti Miller, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-907-786-7437.
2. Late Mesozoic and Cenozoic Forearc Basins of the Matanuska Valley.
Jeff Trop, Bucknell University,, +1-570-577-3089; Tom Plawman,, +1-907-272-1232.
3. Prince William Sound Tidewater Glacier Tour.
Tom Plawman,, +1-907-272-1232.
4. Denali National Park: Mesozoic Marine and Cenozoic Nonmarine Basins, Tertiary Volcanics, and the Modern Denali Fault.
Phil Brease, National Park Service,, +1-907-683-9551.
5. Kuparak River Oil Field Tour.
Gregory Wilson,, +1-907-263-4748. Sat., 6 May. Attendance for this no-cost trip to the North Slope will be by lottery.
7. Anchorage 1964 Earthquake Tour. Late afternoon-evening during the meeting.
Tom Plawman,, +1-907-272-1232.


There will be a variety of technical sessions (oral and poster), including one symposium and many theme sessions. Oral presentations in most technical sessions will be 15-20 min, including 3-5 min for questions. SPE sessions will have 30-min presentations. Please contact session chairs for format details. All oral sessions will utilize a single digital projector and PowerPoint software. An overhead projector can be made available in each room. Use of 35 mm slides is discouraged and will only be accommodated by special arrangement with the technical program chair at an additional cost. Requests for slide projectors must be made one month prior to the meeting. Dimensions for poster space can be found at Anchorage2006; authors are required to be present at their poster for at least two hours.


The abstracts deadline has now passed (7 February 2006)
Only one volunteered paper may be presented by an individual; however, a person may be co-author on other papers. Those invited to the symposium may present an additional paper.


Technical Program ScheduleIn addition to general technical sessions, the program will include a symposium and a variety of theme sessions. Detailed descriptions of the symposium and theme sessions can be found at Anchorage2006.


1. The Brooks Range Orogen: A Symposium in Honor of Gil Mull.
Tom Moore, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-650-329-5713; Marwan Wartes, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys,, +1-907-451-5056.

Theme Sessions

 Joint: Cordilleran Section, GSA, and Pacific Section, AAPG

1. Foreland Basin Systems: Archives of Coupled Structural and Sedimentary Processes.
Marwan Wartes, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys,, +1-907-451-5056.
2. Forearc Basins: Tectonostratigraphy and Resource Potential.
Bob Swenson, Alaska Division of Oil and Gas,, +1-907-269-8789.
3. Geology of the Circum-Arctic.
Tom Homza, Shell E&P Co.,, +1-907-770-3701; Jim Clough, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys,, +1-907-451-5030.
4. Active Tectonics of the Northern Cordillera.
Peter Haeussler, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-907-786-7447. Coordinates with Chapman conference on Southern Alaska active tectonics to follow this meeting.
5. Late Paleozoic-Early Mesozoic Paleogeography of Northern Alaska.
Julie Dumoulin, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-907-786-7439; Mike Whalen, University of Alaska-Fairbanks,, +1-907-474-5302.

 Cordilleran Section, GSA

6. New Insights into the Origin and Evolution of the Northern Cordilleran Pericratonic Terranes.
Cynthia Dusel-Bacon, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-650-329-5719; JoAnne Nelson, British Columbia Geological Survey,, +1-250-952-0438.
7. Wrangellia — Tectonics and Metallogeny, 30 Years of Progress.
Jeanine Schmidt, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-907-786-7494; Murray Hitzman, Colorado School of Mines,, +1-303-384-2127; Jason Price, Colorado School of Mines.
8. Accreted Terranes of Western North America: An Update on Current Research on the Construction of the Cordillera.
Robert B. Blodgett, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-907-786-7416; Erik C. Katvala, University of Calgary,
9. Environmental Issues Associated with Mineralized Regions.
LeeAnn Munk, University of Alaska-Anchorage,, +1-907-786-6895; Bronwen Wang, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-907-786-7110.
10. High Latitude-Altitude Hydrogeology and Weathering.
Bronwen Wang, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-907-786-7110.
11. Tectonic Setting of Mineral Occurrences in the Northern American Cordillera.
Bill McClelland, University of Idaho,, +1-208-885-4704; Richard Goldfarb, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-303-236-2441.
12. Geoscience Education and Public Outreach in Alaska-Unique Problems, Unique Solutions.
Catherine L. Hanks, University of Alaska-Fairbanks,, +1-907-474-5562.
13. Volcano Hazards and Monitoring.
Steve McNutt, University of Alaska-Alaska Volcano Observatory,, +1-907-474-7131; Chris Nye, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys-Alaska Volcano Observatory,, +1-907-474-7430.
14. GSA Undergraduate Research Posters.
Jeff Marshall, Cal Poly-Pomona University,, +1-909-869-3461.
22. Bering Glacier Symposium — Tectonics, Glaciology, Hydrology, Hazards, and Biology.
Kristine Crossen, University of Alaska-Anchorage,, +1-907-786-6838.

 Joint: Pacific Section, AAPG, and Alaska Section, SPE

15. Arctic Gas Resources.
Dave Housenecht, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-703-648-6466.
16. Viscous Oil: Reservoir Characterization and New Technologies.
Sandy Phillips, BP Alaska,, +1-907-564-4587.
17. New Development and Field Case Histories.
Sandy Phillips, BP Alaska,, +1-907-564-4587.

 Pacific Section, AAPG

18. Petroleum Geology of Northern Alaska.
Ken Bird, U.S. Geological Survey,, +1-650-329-4907.
19. Rural Energy in Alaska.
Travis Hudson,, +1-360-582-1844.
20. Brookian Reservoirs of the North Slope.
Ken Helmold, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys,, +1-907-269-8673; Bill Morris, ConocoPhillips,, +1-281-293-4463.
21. Reservoir Characterization: Recent Advances in Appraisal and Development.
Steve Jones, BP Alaska,, +1-907-564-5831.

 Alaska Section, SPE

Regarding these sessions, contact Gordon Posposil, BP, , +1-907-564-5769:


Alaska's Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Subduction Zone-Real-Time Earthly Data for Classroom Use. Sponsored by National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Jennifer Adleman, U.S. Geological Survey-Alaska Volcano Observatory, +1-907-786-7019, 4200 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508, USA; Cathy Connor, University of Alaska-Southeast, +1-907-465-6293, .
Application of Ichnology to Petroleum Exploration and Production. Sponsored by Pacific Section, AAPG. Core Workshop.
James MacEachern, Simon Fraser University, +1-604-291-5388, .


Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Mon.-Tues., 8-9 May, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch provided; location information will be available at the meeting registration desk. Karlon Blythe, GSA, .
This is a chance for students to discuss career opportunities and challenges with professional geoscientists from multiple disciplines. Plan to attend both free luncheons to hear different presenters. Students will receive FREE LUNCH tickets in their registration packet to attend the Shlemon Programs. However, space is limited: first come, first served.
John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Tues., 9 May, 5-6:30 p.m.


The Cordilleran Section of GSA and GSA Foundation have made travel grants available for students who are presenting oral or poster papers. Students must be currently enrolled and must be members of the relevant section to apply for support. Click here for the Travel Grant Application Form. The application deadline is 1 April 2006. For more information, contact the Cordilleran Section secretary, Joan Fryxell, +1-909-537-5311, . The Anchorage Hilton is offering student rates for the meeting.


Awards will be given for best student oral (undergraduate or graduate) and poster (undergraduate only) presentations. To be eligible, students must be lead authors and presenters, and they should clearly identify their abstracts as student work. For further information, contact Dwight Bradley, +1-907-786-7434, .



The municipality of Anchorage is located as far north as Helsinki, Finland, as far west as Honolulu, Hawaii, and covers an area nearly the size of the state of Delaware. It is the hub of south-central Alaska, which offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities from fishing, cruising, and bird watching to rock climbing, rafting, hiking, and sight-seeing. Cultural attractions include the Alaska Museum of History and Art, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Z.J. Loussac Library, Alaska Museum of Natural History, the Imaginarium science center, and the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Most attractions are accessible by regularly scheduled bus routes as well as taxi. Anchorage has over 650 miles of hiking, biking, and multi-use trails, many of which wind along the city's greenbelts and creeks.

The Alaska Railroad provides access to Prince William Sound at Seward and Whittier on the Kenai Peninsula, as well as to Denali National Park (home of Mount McKinley, the highest point in North America), Talkeetna, Fairbanks, and other northern destinations.

For information on visitor attractions, sports, events, and tours, please visit the Web sites for the Anchorage Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and the Municipality of Anchorage.


Exhibit booths will be available for commercial and nonprofit organizations. For more information or to reserve a booth, contact Tom Walsh, +1-907-272-1232, .


To obtain the most complete and up-to-date information, visit the Anchorage2006 Web site. If you have questions or need further clarification, contact any of the convention co-chairs:

GSA Cordilleran Section Pacific Section, AAPG Alaska Section, SPE
Jeanine Schmidt Greg Wilson Bill Van Dyke
+1-907-786-7494 +1-907-263-4748 +1-907-269-8786