American Association of Petroleum Geologists

AAPG - an International Organization

July 21-26, 2002 • Vail, Colorado

Sponsored by AAPG Research Committee

Conference Conveners
Charles Kluth
P.O. Box 5046
San Ramon, CA 94583
Ph.: 925-842-3748
Fax: 925-842-4437

Lynn Soreghan
School of Geol. & Geophysics
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019
Ph.: 405-325-4482
Fax: 405-325-3140

Walt Snyder
Department of Geosciences
Boise State University
Boise, ID 83725
Ph.: 208-385-3645
Fax: 208-385-4061

Tim Lawton
Department of Geology
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Ph: 505- 646-4910
Fax: 505-646-1056

Dave Barbeau
Department of Geosciences
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 8572
Ph: 520-621-6024
Fax: 520-621-2672

Late Paleozoic Tectonics and Hydrocarbon Systems of Western North America -- The Greater Ancestral Rocky Mountains

Review Abstracts


  • Vail, Colorado


  • Sunday, July 21, to Friday, July 26, 2002


The purpose of this research conference will be to provide a framework for exchange and advance of ideas and interpretations and lead to a better assessment of the Late Paleozoic hydrocarbon systems in the region.


The conference will be held in an informal setting with a maximum of 80-100 attendees. The format will be a 5-day meeting in which the sessions will consist of both oral presentations and posters, organized by themes that represent significant areas of uncertainty in the regional interpretations. There will also be one or two field trips included as part of the meeting.


Key topics to be discussed include:

  • Structural geometry and structural relief
  • Types, timing, displacement and patterns of faults
  • Folds and hydrocarbon trap geometry
  • Sedimentation and stratigraphic- and basin-architecture
  • Facies, thickness and lithologic patterns
  • Subsidence and uplift histories and modeling
  • Provenance and diagenesis
  • Timing and rates of tectonic processes
  • Biostratigraphy, geochronology, and the Late Paleozoic geologic time scale for western North America
  • Hydrocarbon systems and paleoclimates
  • Source rocks, timing of maturation and migration pathways
  • Risk factors and uncertainty of interpretations
  • Types of fields and case studies
  • Paleoclimate indicators and patterns
  • Regional syntheses and plate tectonic model


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