2021/2022 Meetings

The AEG Southern Nevada Chapter holds dinner meetings eight times per year.  Meetings are currently being held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Embassy Suites Las Vegas located at 4315 University Center Drive (Near UNLV between Harmon Avenue and Flamingo Road) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Please note that this is a new venue from previously held 2019 Southern Nevada AEG Meetings.  Each meeting features a presentation regarding a pertinent geological, environmental, or other relevant science-based issue.

Check-in and Socialize 6:00 to 6:30 pm

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Presentation: 7:15 to 8:15 pm

 

Members:  $27.00

Non-members:  $32.00

Students: $15.00

Student Non-members: $20.00

Walk-ins: $37.00

Vegetarian options are available.  Just let us know when you

register!

Payment for attending required at the time of registration.

Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, only fully-vaccinated

and boosted people are allowed to attend the meeting.

65th Annual AEG Meeting 

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Tuesday - January 11, 2022

 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. PST

"Challenges in Locating Groundwater Resources

in the Republic of Niger, West Africa"

BY:  Dr. David Kreamer, Professor of Geosciences, UNLV 

Abstract: 

Niger is a landlocked country in Western Africa surrounded by seven other countries. It is approximately 75% in the Sahara and Tenere Deserts and is sometimes called the “frying pan” of Africa with an average annual temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (Las Vegas average annual temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit, Death Valley 76 degrees Fahrenheit). It has been estimated that 44% of the population does not have ready access to water. It has the youngest population in the world with half of its population younger that 15 years old. According to the U.N., 42.9% of children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working instead of going to school. Niger has the highest fertility rate in the world and the population is expected to triple by 2050. They speak many languages in Niger with the most common Hausa, and the language of education is French. Most agriculture in the country is subsistence farming, but only 11% of the land is arable. Farming is highly dependent on rainfall and in times of drought or inconsistent rainfall there is prevalent malnourishment. The country needs additional water supplies for both its population and for future economic growth.

The search for groundwater involves many different approaches. In our study we evaluated remote satellite imagery, conducted field geophysical work, examined the drilling logs of thousands of wells, created a hydrogeologic framework model for the southern part of the country, and are numerically modeling groundwater in a region earmarked for agricultural development.

Bio:  

David Kreamer, Ph.D. is a Professor of Geoscience, and past Director of the interdisciplinary Water Resources Management Graduate Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  David serves as President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and is past IAH Vice President for North America. David also served as Division Director of the National Groundwater Association and is a past President of the Universities Council on Water Resources. David's research includes work on water and international security, maintaining good water quality supply for people and ecosystems particularly in economically developing regions, combating environmental contamination, and water quality and quantity analysis and improvement. His current research includes: groundwater contamination studies, groundwater dependent ecosystem sustainability in U.S. National Parks and public lands, and water supply in Africa. He has authored over 65 professional publications, recently co-authoring the 3rd Edition of the textbook “Contaminant Hydrogeology” and new edition of a second textbook “Applied Hydrogeology” (Waveland Press). He has given over 150 invited lectures. David has served as a professional consultant/ expert witness, has testified before the United States Congress, the Nuclear regulatory Commission, and addressed the United Nations General Assembly. He also has given presentations at over 40 Universities, and has been an invited speaker in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Pacific Island nations, South America, Africa and the Middle East.

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“Challenges in Locating Groundwater Resources in the Republic of Niger, West Africa” by Dr. David Kreamer, Professor of Geoscience, UNLV.
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March 8, 2022
“Case Study of Severe Evaporate Karst Problems in the Dead Sea Rift Zone, Jordan and Israel” by William Godwin, former AEG President, Consulting Engineering Geologist, Carmel, California.
April 12, 2022
“ABCs of Emerging Contaminants” by William A. Battaglin, Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey Colorado Water Science Center - Retired, Denver, Colorado.
May 10, 2022
“Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Nevada – Occurrence, and Update on Regulatory Framework”  by Ben Moan, Supervisor, Remediation and Leaking UST Branch, Bureau of Corrective Actions, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

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