Sunday, June 06, 2021

"Ancient Landscapes of Western North America" Receives Award from the Rocky Mountain Section of AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists)

 To order a copy of this book from the publisher (and thus rewarding the authors directly!) use this link.

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021 I received the following email message out of the blue:

Hello Ron and Wayne,
The Rocky Mountain Section of AAPG annually awards its John D. Haun Landmark Publication Award to 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 area. This year the awards committee has chosen you both for your excellent book with paleogeographic maps, Ancient Landscapes of Western North America
I live in Grand Junction, CO and so very many of the geologic presentations here at Colorado Mesa University by students or members of the Grand Junction Geologic Society include a reference or image of yours. I have worked at the Dinosaur Journey Museum in nearby Fruita where we collect fossils from area quarries and where the paleontologist curator uses your work to show folks attending talks or digs what this area looked like in the past. So many authors of papers presented at RMS meetings refer to your work. Your influence has indeed been exceptional.
Please take a look at the RMS-AAPG website ( for more info about this award and past winners. We usually present a plaque to the winners in person at the annual RMS meeting or at the AAPG ACE meeting, but due to COVID the  ACE meeting in Denver scheduled for May has been postponed or might be virtual. I would like to send each of you a plaque, so could you please give me a mailing address? We will be adding info onto our website about 2021 award winners and also sending out an email blurb to the 2100+ members of the RMS soon.
Best regards,
Heidi Schoenstein

Of course, Ron and I were delighted to receive this surprising but welcomed news. Ancient Landscapes of Western North America was published in 2018 by Springer. Here is a link to the Amazon page for the book. The reviews here are quite good.

A description of the John D. Haun Award and a list of previous awardees can be found here.

As there will be no official award ceremony, this photograph will have to suffice.


  1. A superb book, duly recognized as such.
    Congratulations Wayne. Well deserved.

  2. Congratulations to both you and Ron! It's so well deserved for this fabulous contribution to our understanding of the tectonic processes that formed the varied and complex landscape of Western North America.

  3. Congratulations! Great recognition of the high value of your excellent book!


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