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


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

President’s Column – Feburary 2020

It is the morning after the pizza party and if you’re like my wife and I, who try (emphasis on try) to keep away from alcoholic beverages on weekdays, you may be feeling a bit fuzzy. I know I am. I think that means it was a successful party. Thanks to our vice-president, Jennifer Hargrave, . . . → Read More: President’s Column – Feburary 2020

January 2020 Bulletin