From the Editor | October 2021

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The HGS kicks off October on Sunday October 3rd with the SOLD OUT HGS Sunday Funday at the Ball Park; watch for a follow-on repeat soon!

That same weekend sees the kickoff of the AAPG Mid-Continent Section Meeting October 3-5, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, Tulsa, OK. The Section's Theme this year is: “The Energy Evolution: Learning from the Past, Powering the Future”.

On October 10th, HGS joins the Annual Houston Earth Science Week at the George R. Brown Convention Center, thru Saturday October 16th. This year the focus is: "Water Today and for the Future".
Decades ago there was an apocryphal prediction for Texans: ‘Water will be the next Oil’… it has taken a while, but that prediction is coming to pass.  Geologists and all the associated specialties of Hydrology, Soil Science, Fire and Disaster Management will all grow in importance in the years ahead.  Our children and Grandchildren will shoulder this increasing responsibility; so Volunteer to Judge, or drop by downtown to see what Houston’s children have thought up. They never fail to impress!

HGS Hybrid General Dinner - The Impact of the Wichita Uplift on the Anadarko Basin by Dr. Molly Turko of Applied Stratigraphix. The In Person location for this Hybrid Dinner Meeting will be at the Norris Center; simulcast as a Virtual Zoom meeting, as well.  Dr. Turko will discuss the complex geological evolution from Plate Tectonics to the Basin development processes that lead to the opportunities still present for today’s geoscientists.

JobSeekers alert!
Your HGS is a participating Society in the SPE-GCS Members in Transition Job Fair occurring both online and in person as a Hybrid event on Tuesday 12 October at the Harris County Steve Radack Community Center at 18650 Clay Road, Houston, TX 77094.

Registration is mandatory and resume/CV must be submitted at least 48 hours before the event. Nearing the event, job-seekers will receive the email invitation and link to register at the Texas Workforce Commission website in order to access the Hiring Event starting on October the 8th.  See the website link at:

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021 the HGS Engineering and Environmental Group will have a Surprise Speaker at the In-Person Event at Craft Republic Houston, 11470 Westheimer Rd. with Social 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m., Presentation 7:30- 9:00 p.m.

STGS Field Trip – Geology, Frontier History and Oenology of the Texas Hill Country
On Friday 15 October. our friends in San Antonio at the South Texas geological Society (STGS) have a few seats left for their geological and wine tasting tour of the Texas Hill country. The Field Trip leader will be world renowned geologist Pete Rose, describing the origin, technical and economic aspects of Carbonate reservoirs, visiting multiple outcrops and making tasting stops at three Wineries with Carbonate Soil ‘Terroir’; Sister Creek, Becker and Perissos. The coach departs the San Antonio Petroleum Club  parking lot at 8:00 AM and returns Saturday evening at 6 PM.

There are TWO big HGS events on Monday October 18th: The Annual HGS Golf Tournament tees off at Sterling Country Club and Houston National Golf Club. NOTE the Entry Deadline: October 14th! Register!

The second event is the HGS International Group’s Virtual Dinner Event via Zoom, featuring John Dolson’s presentation of “AAPG's Giant Fields Database: five major paradigm shifts over giant fields 20 years.”  John presents a fascinating study of how persistent reevaluation of long-held and beliefs about finding Giant Fields gave way to new discoveries; some quite unexpected. Two examples: Giant Productive Fields atop Oceanic Crusts and Permanently Tilted Hydrocarbon Fluid Contacts.  Register to learn about more of the New Paradigms revealed by studying the Giant Fields in the last few decades.

On Wednesday, 20 October, the IAGC 50th Anniversary Annual Conference will be held at The Westin Houston, Memorial City Hotel, either virtually or in-person. In addition to celebrating IAGC’s 50 Years of Energy Transformation, as the only global trade association representing the G&E industry, All are welcome to attend a special In-Person reception celebrating “100 Years of Seismic”. HGS Members have a 50% Discount code offered!

In the following week, on Monday 25 October, the HGS North American Virtual Dinner Zoom will host Dr. James W. Granath speaking about “The Story of the Kavango Basin, An Unusual Play Emerging in Namibia”. Jim is a renowned expert in Structural Geology, having worked in more than 40 countries worldwide.  He brings a fresh perspective to new plays and concepts.  Be sure to ask him about his Grad student Field Trips, including a summer earning his next semester’s tuition and fees by Gold Mining in the Wilds of NorthWest India; fascinating, true adventures!

Ending the month is the Hybrid In-Person AND Virtual GeoGulf Convention from Wednesday 27 thru Friday 29 October in Austin, Texas. The Convention theme is “Sustaining Geoscience through the Energy Transition”. There will be a wide array of Gulf Coast / Gulf Of Mexico oriented oral presentations, special sessions, panel discussions, focused short courses, nonstop networking and great field trips! A Virtual EagleFord Journey, the Llano Uplift, Water and Caverns; this one has it all… going into Halloween weekend! Your greatest challenge will be to determine which ones you just can’t miss…

There is a major HGS first-of-the-month event on Monday November 1st 2021: jointly hosting the HGS Annual University of Houston Sheriff Lecture as a Virtual event on Zoom from 6 – 9 PM. There will be Virtual Student posters (Judges Needed!); U of H State of the Department presentations, Outstanding Alumni Award, UH Student Poster Awards, and the Keynote presentation.

Dr Sean Gulick, Research Professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin will present Life and Death by Impact: Drilling for Clues based on his research of the geological processes, environmental effects, and habitability of the Cretaceous-Paleogene Chicxulub meteor impact. Dr. Gulick took many World Class field trips to back up his research, highlighted in his service as the co-chief scientist for IODP Expedition 364 to the Chixcilub Impact Crater during 2016-18.

Wishing All great success and the best of health!
HGS Editor 2021-2022
Scott C. Sechrist