John D. Haun Landmark Publication Award

About the Award

Rocky Mountain Landmark Publication Award recognizing the authors or editors of a book, guidebook or other publication that over the past decade has had exceptional influence on developing new hydrocarbon plays or deeper understanding of fundamental geology within the Rocky Mountain region. (first award given in 2013)

Previous Winners

2016

Forrest G. (Barney) Poole (top photo) and Charles A. (Charlie) Sandberg (bottom photo) have spent a lifetime adding to the knowledge and understanding of the Rocky Mountains, and especially of the Great Basin. Together they have published 45 papers on Rocky Mountain topics and separately have participated in about 250 other co-authored papers and abstracts.

Barney Poole has been with the U.S. Geological Survey throughout his 62-year scientific career. He started work with the Survey in 1954, on the Colorado Plateau Uranium Program, studying Triassic regional stratigraphy and Permian-Jurassic fluvial and eolian sedimentary structures. Following the Colorado Plateau project, his work shifted to the Great Basin where he participated in mapping and stratigraphic studies at the Nevada Test Site from 1959 to 1966. He spent the next 10 years in central Nevada studying Paleozoic stratigraphy and structure, during which time he and colleague Daniel Shawe discovered a large economic deposit of sedimentary barite in the Toquima Range. Most of his Survey projects have been in the broad region of the Basin and Range geologic province to determine stratigraphic and structural controls of potentially economic sedimentary mineral deposits and petroleum accumulations. The projects focused on concentration and residence of metals and source of petroleum in kerogen-rich marine Paleozoic ocean-basin and foreland-basin rocks (e.g., metalliferous oil shales in the Upper Devonian Woodruff Formation of central Nevada, Upper Mississippian Heath Formation of central Montana, and Permian Phosphoria Formation of southeastern Idaho.) In 1984, he co-authored a landmark paper with George Claypool for oil exploration in eastern Nevada and western Utah, "Petroleum source-rock potential and crude-oil correlation in the Great Basin" (RMAG's "Hydrocarbon Source Rocks of the Greater Rocky Mountain Region", 1984.) His published articles and abstracts have reported on both local and regional stratigraphic and structural studies in most states in the western U.S. and in northwestern Mexico.

Charlie Sandberg started work with the U.S. Geological Survey in 1950, mapping Eocene coal beds in the Powder River Basin. He has worked for the Survey for 66 years, except for two years with the 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War, and continues today as an emeritus scientist. His introduction to the Williston Basin oil patch occurred in 1951 as he was driving to Sydney, Montana to work on the Fort Union coal. Listening to the radio, he heard the announcement that the first pint of oil had been recovered in the basin from the Amerada No. 1 Clarence-Iverson well. In 1954, he began subsurface work on the entire Phanerozoic section in the Williston Basin and correlation of Devonian and Mississippian formations to outcrops in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Since then he has measured lower Paleozoic sections in Alberta, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, and has published extensively on these areas. He left the Northern Rockies and began work in Utah and Nevada in 1969. Besides stratigraphic and paleotectonic work, he has studied and published on conodont faunas and petroleum potential of the region. He co-authored with Raymond Gutschick an overlooked but farsighted paper about the potential of the Mississippian Delle Phosphatic Member of the Woodman Formation as a source-rock for oil generation in western Utah and eastern Nevada (RMAG's "Hydrocarbon Source Rocks of the Greater Rocky Mountain Region", 1984.)

Barney Poole and Charlie Sandburg continue their research and publications today as emeritus scientists for the USGS. The Rocky Mountain Section of AAPG is pleased to honor their contributions, especially for those papers focused on the source rock potential in the Great Basin, with the John D. Haun Landmark Publication Award.

2015

Leigh C. Price (deceased) and Julie A. LeFever (North Dakota Geological Survey) were recognized for their 1992 paper, Does Bakken horizontal drilling imply a huge oil-reservoir base in fractured shales?, in J. W. Schmoker, E. B. Coalson, and C. A. Brown, eds., Geological Studies Relevant to Horizontal Drilling: Examples from Western North America: Denver, Colorado, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, p. 199-214. The award is presented for a publication that over the past decade has had exceptional influence on developing new hydrocarbon plays or deeper understanding of fundamental geology within the Rocky Mountain region. This article is exceptionally data-rich and well-reasoned. It was published a decade before the shale gas and shale oil 'boom' started. Price and LeFever made the case for the exceptionally large, untested, oil potential of the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin. With uncanny accuracy, they predicted the essential characteristics of the Bakken shale oil play and the utility of horizontal wells. Now, the Bakken Shale is a model for shale resource play exploration globally.

Julie LeFever accepts the award from Sue Cluff, RMS AAPG President.

Heide Dolan accepts the award for her stepfather, Leigh Price from Sue Cluff.

2014

Robert A. Schalla and Eric H. Johnson, co-editors of Oil Fields of the Great Basin, Nevada Petroleum Society Special Publication, 1994.

Eric H. Johnson and Robert A. Schalla presented by RMS-AAPG President Elmo Brown.

2013

Susan M. Landon, Mark W. Longman, and Barbara A. Luneau, co-authors of:  Longman, M.W., B.A. Luneau, and S.M. Landon, 1998, Nature and distribution of Niobrara lithologies in the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway of the Rocky Mountain region: The Mountain Geologist, v. 35, p. 137-170 & Landon, S.M., M.W. Longman, and B.A. Luneau, 2001, Hydrocarbon source rock potential of the Upper Cretaceous Niobrara Formation, Western Interior Seaway of the Rocky Mountain region: The Mountain Geologist, v. 38, p. 1-18.

2013 Award - Barbara A. Luneau & Mark W. Longman (Susan M. Landon not pictured), presented by RMSAAPG President Michael Vandenberg

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