The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), founded in 1963, is the largest association dedicated to promoting geology as a profession. It presently has more than 7,000 members in the U.S. and abroad, organized into 36 regional Sections. The Institute adheres to the principles of professional responsibility and public service and is the only international organization that certifies the competence and ethical conduct of geological scientists in all branches of the science with members employed in industry, government, and academia. AIPG emphasizes competence, integrity and ethics. AIPG is an advocate for the profession and communicates regularly to federal and state legislators and agencies on matters pertaining to the geosciences. The Texas Section of the AIPG represents some 500 geoscientists.
Abundant natural resources (i.e., oil and gas, sulfur, uranium, coal, lignite, groundwater, 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 regulations.
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 since 1997, 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) The AIPG Texas Section presents the Shoemaker Award, in memory of Gene Shoemaker and the extraordinary partnership with his wife, Carolyn Shoemaker, and
2) For special contributions made by:
Dr. David S. McKay (of NASA) (Deceased) (OB)
Dr. Wayne A. Pettyjohn (retired, Oklahoma State University)
3) In memory of Dr. Ted H. Foss.
Those companies or State agencies for whom the members of the Texas Board are employed are acknowledged below for their support of the AIPG in Texas.
SWS Environmental Services News
Texas Water Development Board News
I2M Associates News
PB Energy Storage News
Pioneer Natrural Resources News
GeoChem Data, Inc. News
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