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Posts by Brent Smith

  • AIPG 52nd Annual Meeting Anchorage, Alaska September 19-22, 2015, Fire and Ice.

    by Curtis Coe, CPG#06240, Ohio Section President Elect

    I would like to take the time to thank Tom Jenkins, Brent Smith, the other Ohio executive committee members as well as the Ohio Section for allowing me the opportunity to represent Ohio at the national executive committee meetings. It was indeed an honor to receive the section leadership award. It was a thrill to study the spectacular geology of the state. As always, it was nice to see old friends and to make new friends. 

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  • September 17, 2015 Dinner Presentation

    September 17, 2015 Dinner Presentation

    Approximately 22 CPGs congregated on Thursday September 17, 2015 at La Scala in Dublin, Ohio for the Ohio Section Summer 2015 Meeting and Dinner Presentation.  Current Ohio Section President, Tom Jenkins, introduced the speaker and announced that current president elect, Curt Coe, was in Alaska at the annual meeting after receiving the 2015 Section Leadership Award from AIPG National.  Congratulations Curt, and we all hope you had fun in Alaska for the 2015 Annual Meeting!  After cocktail hour and dinner, Tom introduced Dr. Michael Brudzinski or Miami University who proceeded to give his presentation on Earthquake Fingerprint Scanning to Help Discern Induced Seismicity. Dr. Brudzinski presented convincing evidence that increased seismicity may occur due to hydraulic fracturing and deep well injection activities. Studies were centered across eastern and northeastern Ohio where fracturing and injection are currently more common.  A recent successful use of the method predicted seismic activity that coincided with recent hydraulic fracturing events.  Dr. Brudinski noted that one of the overall goals of developing the technique would be able to identify precursor events before a more significant event could occur. Please click on the title to read the full post.

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  • August 15, 2015 Shale Hollow Preserve Field Trip

    August 15, 2015 Shale Hollow Preserve Field Trip

    On Saturday August 15, 2015, the Ohio Section of AIPG held a field trip to the Shale Hollow Preserve in Delaware County, Ohio.  The field trip was led by Dr. Mohammad Fakhari of the Ohio Geological Survey.  Dr. Fakhari, with assistance from the Shale Hollow Preserve Guide, began the field trip with an interesting presentation of the geology of the area, including a summary of the depositional environment of the different rock units, an overview of surrounding topography and outcrop locations, and the different theories on the origin of the carbonate concretions that would be observed during the hike.  

    The 1.5 hour hike provided an extensive look at the Huron Member of the Ohio Shale and its famous, and sometimes massive, concretions, and concluded with an inspection of the lower contact with the older Olentangy Shale.  After the hike, attendees were treated to a cookout lunch of burgers, brats, and hotdogs provided by the Ohio Section, along with numerous side dishes and desserts brought by each attendee. 

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  • Notes from the Field: OSU Field Camp Post No. 3

    For the past two weeks, Ohio State Geology students were kept busy mapping many areas in Central Utah and in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. We had our first individual mapping experience on Temple Hill, south of Ephraim where we have our home base. We also mapped the Southern Sanpete Valley to observe faults, folds, and other structures of the valley and a potential oil field. This past week, we took a 4-day camping trip to Great Basin National Park, just on the border of central Utah and Nevada to map out the metamorphic core complex seen in the Northern Snake Range. We are finally getting to put together the larger scale geology of the Western Cordillera and the Basin and Range Province!

    Lienne Sethna, OSU AIPG Student Chapter President

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  • Notes from the Field: OSU Field Camp Post No. 2

    Notes from the Field: OSU Field Camp Post No. 2

    This week, Ohio State University students mapped their first area: South Ephraim Canyon. We were split into groups of three and learned to map contacts and marker beds for units within the Colton Formation in Utah. We also made comprehensive unit descriptions and a cross section based off the attitudes and locations of rock outcrops we collected in the field. At the end of the week, we took an overnight camping trip to the Alta/Little Cottonwood Canyon area to see igneous and metamorphic outcrops and map out unit contacts. We all still have high spirits and are definitely getting in better shape!  Click in the title to view photos.

    Lienne Sethna, OSU AIPG Student Chapter President

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  • Notes from the Field: OSU Field Camp Post No. 1

    Notes from the Field: OSU Field Camp Post No. 1

    This summer, 34 students from Ohio State University arrived in Ephraim to participate in the school’s annual “Field Camp”. We arrived in Ephraim on June 8 and have just completed our first week exploring the geology of central Utah. We have learned mapping skills using Brunton compasses and have already taken an overnight camping trip to Capitol Reef National Park. This field camp is our first field experience and we are excited to keep enhancing our geology skills and seeing the structures we learned in class. Click on the title to see a few pictures.  More to follow as the adventure continues!

    Lienne Sethna, OSU AIPG Student Chapter President

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  • OSU Student Chapter Field Trip Summary

    OSU Student Chapter Field Trip Summary

    by Alex Von Clausburg, OSU Student Chapter 

    Summary (click on title for full article and pictures)

    The Ohio State chapter of AIPG recently took a trip to Cincinnati to see the Geier Collection and Cincinnati Museum Center. Andrew Collins, president of the organization, organized the trip and led the group of roughly 1 dozen undergraduate students.

    After a two hour trip, the group arrived at the Geier at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 28th. They were treated to a brief lesson on the facility’s history, and then taken to see some of the collections. The students first admired the mineral specimens; some local, some exotic. They were then treated to a glimpse of the fossil collection, where a thirty foot dinosaur skeleton was under construction. After excitedly taking pictures on their phones, they followed the tour guide as he showed them specimens of ammonites, brachiopods, and trilobites. Even more fascinating were the vertebrates. For nearly an hour, the students were shown a variety of fascinating fossils, before leaving to go to the next stop on their trip.

    Around noon, the undergraduates went to the Cincinnati Museum Center. They stopped at the food court to refuel, and were then given free reign of the Natural History wing of the building. For hours, the group explored the many facets of Ohio’s history, including the Earth’s formation, modern paleontology, dinosaurs, and Ohio’s Ice Age. Notably, the museum is known for its cave exhibit; a simulated cave built right into the basement. The students took great delight in examining the geological formations within.

    However, nothing was enjoyed more than the ice cream parlor in the museum’s lobby. The students enjoyed a stop there before returning home, around 4:00 in the afternoon.

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  • AIPG 6th Annual Conference Recap

    AIPG 6th Annual Conference Recap

    The Conference was a great success and opportunity for all that attended to learn about the depositional environment and future development of the black shales in the Appalachian Basin in Ohio. The conference consisted of two (2) parts:

    •             Short Course, core study workshop and field trip on April 27, 2015
    •             Technical Session and networking on April 28 and 29, 2015

    Please click on the title or here for details, photographs, and more!

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  • The Montrose Group LLC Article on Govenor's Take on Abandoned Gas Stations in Ohio

    Thanks to Curt Coe for providing the link to this article published on May 4, 2015 by David J. Robinson of the Montrose Group LLC summarizing new proposed Ohio budget allotments that will provide grant funding for abandoned gas station cleanup in Ohio. Great read on the potential of the program for any of us that are consultants. Read it by clicking here!

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  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article on Utica Shale

    Thanks to Curt Coe for providing the link to this excellent article on the Utica Shale published on May 5, 2015 by Laura Legere of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  This is an excellent summary of current and future developments on Shale gas resources in the Appalachian Basin.  Read it by clicking here!

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