May 2020 Bulletin


President’s Column – May 2020


Dear LGS Members,

As it becomes clear that our battle against Covid-19 takes on the characteristics of a long war, with campaigns, skirmishes, hotspots, successes, and setbacks, it is worthwhile to note that in matters like this, science doesn’t have all the answers. Science can provide guidance, which we should integrate into our . . . → Read More: President’s Column – May 2020

April 2020 Bulletin


President’s Column – April 2020


Last month, in this letter, I wrote about unexpected events and uncertainty. We were at the beginning of the COVID event in the United States and I intended the letter to convey a note of optimism, both about the world events that were just then heating up rapidly, and about our own scientific . . . → Read More: President’s Column – April 2020

Field Trip: Teche – Vermilion 2020


Lafayette Geological Society Field Trip, Saturday April 25th

In the aftermath of the great Mississippi River flood of 1927, the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project was authorized, and protection levees began to be constructed along the Atchafalaya River. These levees provided for increased development in our area of south Louisiana, but they also cut off . . . → Read More: Field Trip: Teche – Vermilion 2020

March 2020 Bulletin


As many of you know, the Lafayette Geological Society has four main objectives. They are to advance Geology as a Science and profession, to promote fellowship between members and others interested in geological problems, to foster high standards of education and ethics among members and students, and to encourage public appreciation of the utility and application of geologic science. We try to accomplish these objectives through a series of activities and events scheduled throughout the year. In doing so we incur a number of expenses. If you have contributed to these activities in the past we thank you for you generosity and hope . . . → Read More: March 2020 Bulletin

LGS Luncheon – March 2020

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Exploration and Production High-Grading Utilizing Petroleum Geochemistry

Dan Jarvie, Wildcat Technologies/Worldwide Geochemistry/TCU Energy Institute


The present-day keys to petroleum source rocks is the knowledge of how much petroleum they have generated and expelled versus how much they have retained and the quality of each (API gravity, viscosity, sulfur content and . . . → Read More: LGS Luncheon – March 2020

President’s Column – March 2020


Two months ago a roaring stock market and a bit of mid-east tension had given a boost to oil prices and I commented, in this column, that it might be a good time to dust off an old prospect. At the time my column was published in early January, who among us would have predicted . . . → Read More: President’s Column – March 2020

LGS Luncheon – February 2020



Geologists, the Public, and Public Policy: What Are Our Ethical Responsibilities?

In the polarizing and supercharged environment of today’s public discourse, many views are hotly contested, but three stand out as worthy of attention from geological scientists: fracking, public primary and secondary education, and climate change. All three are interconnected.

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February 2020 Bulletin