Coast Geological Society

Ventura, California


The PSAAPG 2018 Annual Convention is being held in Bakersfield from April 22nd to April 25th 

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to March 1st, 11:59 PM PST!

To submit an abstract or register for the convention check out the convention page HERE 

Please Join CGS on Tuesday February 20th, 2018

Dr. Robert Francis, Emeritus Professor of Geology and former Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at California State University Long Beach, will give his talk titled:

Black Gold in California: The Story of the California Petroleum Industry

The monthly CGS meeting is held at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura!

Meeting Schedule:

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Social Hour - Snacks and Beverages 

7:00 - 7:30 PM: Dinner Service

7:30 - 8:00 PM: Announcements & Raffle

8:00 - 9:00 PM:  Main Presentation

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Talk Abstract:

Black Gold in California: The Story of the California Petroleum Industry

          California is known for the Gold Rush, but a much more prolific resource played a central role in making California the economic powerhouse it is today: Oil.   This is the story of the transformation of a small, agrarian state into what is today’s number three oil producer in the US, and the risk-taking, hard work, and innovating spirit of the entrepreneurs – and of crucial importance, geologists -- who made it happen.  It is a classic story of how science can contribute to industry and modern society. The first wells drilled for oil in California date back to the 1860s, and the first commercial oil field, Pico Canyon, was discovered in 1876, making California’s petroleum industry one of the oldest in the United States. The California industry was the place where many geological methods for oil exploration were developed, from drilling anticlines to modern seismic methods, replacing the old ways of drilling near oil seeps.  Geologic innovation is still going on in California, where as much as 10 billion barrels of oil await new exploration and recovery methods.

Robert D. Francis, Ph.D.
Speaker's Bio:

Robert D. Francis, emeritus Professor of Geology and former Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, California State University Long Beach (CSULB), has 37 years’ experience in  petroleum geology, including industry employment with Getty Oil Company and Texaco, consulting, and university employment. Francis holds a B.A. in Physics from UC San Diego and a Ph.D. in Earth Science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography; he joined the CSULB faculty in 1987. Specializing in the application of novel geophysical and geochemical technology to marine geology, structural geology, and oil exploration, and especially tectonic evolution of the southern California offshore and nearshore region, Francis has published over 55 articles and abstracts in journals and conference proceedings. He has participated in and organized onshore and offshore seismic data (reflection and refraction) acquisition projects, including in the coastal zone, where specialized techniques are required. Francis teaches courses in introductory geology, mineralogy, petrology, petroleum geology, and marine geology.

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