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Towards a 21st Century Tectonics of Texas

More geoscientists live and work in Texas than in any other state, but progress in understanding Texas geology lags. This is partly because the most important geologic features are buried, requiring expensive geophysical surveys and drilling to study.  The tools needed for such studies exist in abundance in Texas, including seismic reflection and drilling tools. This presentation briefly presents five potential projects where such an effort would lead to major improvements in our understanding:

1) Grenville (~1.0 Ga) suture;

2) Ediacaran (~0.6 Ga) Hardeman Basin;

3) Sabine Uplift;

4) Muenster Uplift-Ouachita Orogen intersection beneath Dallas; and

5) Marathon Uplift-Permian Basin deformation and sedimentation.  

These and other problems in Texas geology are unlikely to be addressed using existing funding structures.  New approaches emphasizing co-operation and collaboration between industry, academia, and government agencies will be needed to advance such studies.

Speaker Dr. Robert Stern

UT Dallas Department of Geosciences

Organizer Danny Davidson