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speaker Ready room

The Speaker Ready Room is in room 1.206 of the UTD Conference Center. Speakers need to turn in their talks at least 1 hour before their sessions begins. The room will be open:

Sunday 15 March 4-7:30 p.m.
Monday 16 March 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday 17 March 7 a.m.-6 p.m.


Technical Sessions

The deadline to submit abstracts has passed. Contact Technical Program Chair Bob Stern with any questions about the technical program. If you have questions about your abstract, please contact Nancy Wright, +1-303-357-1061, .

Theme Sessions

1. Permian to Jurassic Tectonics, Magmatism, and Sedimentation in the NE Mexico and South-Central USA Region.
Rafael Barboza, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí; William R. Dickinson, Univ. of Arizona; Alexander Iriondo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico-Campus Juriquilla; Timothy F. Lawton, New Mexico State Univ.; Gabriel Chávez Cabello, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL).
Contributions (oral or poster) are encouraged on all aspects of these and related topics: outcrops and subcrops of Permian through Jurassic igneous and sedimentary assemblages in northeastern Mexico and adjacent Texas recording sequential geotectonic transitions related to amalgamation of Laurentia and Gondwana along the Marathon suture; development of the Permian-Triassic East Mexico magmatic arc; deposition of the Zacatecas-Potosi subsea fan system; establishment of the Triassic-Jurassic Nazas segment of the Cordilleran magmatic arc; and/or opening of the Gulf of Mexico by continental rifting and seafloor spreading.
2. Geology and Health Issues in Texas, Mexico, and Beyond.
Bob Finkelman, Univ. of Texas at Dallas; Joseph Oppong, Univ. of North Texas.
The large rural population, diverse geology, and varied climate of this region have resulted in a range of environmental health issues caused or exacerbated by geologic materials or processes. This session will bring geoscientists together with biomedical and public health researchers to discuss the causes of and potential solutions for these problems. This is a unique opportunity for scientists from varied disciplines and regions to discuss geology and health problems that impact tens to hundreds of thousands of people in the region.
3. Trans-Pecos Volcanic Province.
Elizabeth Anthony, Univ. of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); Don Parker, Baylor Univ.; Minghua Ren, UTEP; Dan Miggins, USGS/UTEP.
This session will feature new data and interpretations for the igneous history of the Trans-Pecos Volcanic Province. This province experienced voluminous peralkaline felsic magmatism from 38 Ma to 28 Ma — a period when magmatism was in transition from Laramide subduction to Basin and Range extension throughout western North America. Participants are encouraged to attend the related field trip on Thurs.-Sun., 12-15 March, and then contribute to this session.
4. Water Resource Challenges and Opportunities in North-Central Texas and Surrounding Regions.
Tom Brikowski, Univ. of Texas at Dallas; Jack Sharp, Univ. of Texas at Austin.
The greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, and it is projected to continue that growth for the foreseeable future. Imposing water quality and quantity challenges will accompany this development. Scientific perspectives on these issues are the foci of this session and will include (1) increased water demand by cities and municipalities; (2) water needed for energy resource production (petroleum, natural gas, and coal); (3) water needed for power generation and environmental protection; (4) water importation; (5) changing hydrogeology environments and climate (past, present, and future); and (6) the future of irrigated agriculture.
6. Shale Reservoirs — Giant Hydrocarbon Resources for the 21st Century.
John A. Breyer, Texas Christian University (TCU); Daniel M. Jarvie, Worldwide Geochemistry and TCU Energy Institute.
Shale gas and shale oil have revitalized the domestic oil and gas industry. Shales and related tight-gas sands are the subject of much new, and needed, research. The symposium will present the results of recent and ongoing research on unconventional resources from shales in the Fort Worth, Williston, and Appalachian basins and tight-gas sands in the southeastern United States and Canada.
7. A View from the Craton Southward into the Gulf of Mexico: The Geology and Geophysics of Transitions: Celebrating the Career of R.E. (Tim) Denison.
G.R. Keller, Univ. of Oklahoma; M. Cloos, Univ. of Texas at Austin.
The assembly of the North American craton was complete by ca. 1 Ga as a result of the Grenville orogeny. The suture formed by the Grenville collision is thus one major south-central U.S. transition. Soon thereafter, the resulting supercontinent began to break apart; this process carved out the early Cambrian Ouachita passive margin and the failed rift of the Southern Oklahoma aulacogen. This margin and rift, still clearly present in geophysical data, mark another major transition. The Ouachita orogeny not only produced a long sinuous orogen but is also related to impressive intraplate deformation in the form of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains — thus forming more transitions. The final transition came about as the Gulf of Mexico was formed by several phases of rifting. The purpose of this session is to bring workers on these transitions together to help formulate a regional understanding of this complex series of events.
8. Recent Advances in Geology, Geochemistry, and Biostratigraphy of the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico.
M.K. Nestell, Univ. of Texas at Arlington; P.J. Noble, Univ. of Nevada-Reno.
This theme session is designed to provide a forum (posters and talks) for workers interested in the geology of the Permian basin. Emphasis will be on the recent developments and advances in the stratigraphy, geochemistry, and biostratigraphy of the Permian, but papers regarding other parts of the geologic column are welcome.
9. Undergraduate Research (Posters).
Sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research, Geosciences Division.
Mon., 16 March.
Diane Smith, Trinity Univ., +1-210-999-7656.


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