The Texas Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) represents more than 16,000 geoscientists in Texas, U.S., and overseas.
Abundant natural resources (i.e., oil and gas, sulfur, uranium, coal, lignite, ground water, and other resources) have allowed Texas to develop a diversified range of technology-driven petrochemical, heavy industry, mining, and associated industries, as well as a sound agricultural base, all with environmental awareness and effective regulation.
Because of diverse geology (for ages and distribution of outcrops, see general view (here), and detailed view (here)), and because of the great distances within the State, the AIPG in Texas consists of four AIPG Districts (see District map):
This is Texas...
Texas is geologically and structurally complex (1 and 2) in places. The physiography is also quite variable, with rainfall of 56 inches/yr in the easternmost Texas near sea level to less than 8 inches/yr on the High Plains of westernmost Texas, over a distance of more than 800 road miles (see map).
A Continuing Memorial
As a continuing memorial, and in recognition of those geologists who have made a significant, and continuing impact on Texas geoscientists, special awards were presented during the Environmental Management and Mining Sessions of the Annual AIPG Conference held in Houston, Texas in 1997.
1) In memory of Gene Shoemaker and his extraordinary partnership with his wife, Carolyn Shoemaker, and
2) For special contributions made by:
Dr. David S. McKay (of NASA)
Dr. Wayne A. Pettyjohn (retired, Oklahoma State University)
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