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ASU Student Geology Group to Host Speaker

November 24, 2010

Geologist and author Dr. Don McGookey will be the featured speaker at a joint meeting of Angelo State University’s Geologic Exhibition Organization (GEO) student geology group and the San Angelo Geological Society (SAGS) on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in ASU’s Vincent Nursing-Physical Science (NPS) Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and will include a barbeque dinner served in the foyer of the ASU Planetarium on the first floor of the NPS Building followed by McGookey’s presentation in Room 158. Both the meeting and presentation are open free to the public, but seating and dinner items are limited. This will be the first time for GEO and SAGS to conduct a joint meeting.

McGookey’s presentation, “Geology of Mexico: An Overview,” will include details on the physiography, magmatism and plate tectonics of Mexico, as well as an overview of the Gulf of Mexico Basin and details on the Mexican mining and oil and gas industries.

A native of Sandusky, Ohio, McGookey worked as a geologist for Texaco Inc. from 1952-1979 and has been an independent geologist in the Permian Basin ever since. Now residing in Midland, his interest in West Texas began in 1971 during visits to Midland as Texaco’s chief geologist. He has also worked in various parts of the Rocky Mountains, New York and Houston.

Starting when he worked for Texaco, McGookey has been active in various geologic societies and has edited guide books, written road logs and contributed papers and lectures to numerous organizations. He is the author of two books, “Geologic Wonders of West Texas” and “Geologic Wonders of South Park, Colorado,” and has contributed to the Rocky Mountain Geologic Atlas and Transactions, the annual publication of the Gulf Coast Association of Geologic Societies.

McGookey holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming and a doctoral degree in geology from Ohio State University.

GEO was established at ASU in 2009 and includes students working toward the new Bachelor of Science degree in geosciences. The organization is in the process of becoming a student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). SAGS is also affiliated with AAPG and is the oldest society of professional geologists in the Permian Basin.

For more information, call Dr. Joe Satterfield or Dr. James Ward with the ASU geology program at 942-2242, or SAGS President Bruce Swartz at 949-8400.