Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Monday, November 4, 2013


Zach Sepulveda, a junior member of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and an Earth science scholar in the Pikes Peak Pebble Pups group broke new ground for junior members of rock and mineral clubs in Colorado and perhaps the nation by being a presenting author and contributing author on two papers presented at two technical sessions during the 125th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, Colorado during the last week of October at the Colorado Convention Center. Established in 1888, The Geological Society of America is the professional society of Earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The Geological Society's membership brings thousands of earth scientists from every place on the globe in a common goal to study our planet and share scientific findings.
Zach was the presenting author on a preliminary investigation into the occurrence of carbonized wood in the Cripple Creek volcanic complex. This paper explored the unusual discovery at the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company. His paper was in session number 380: Paleontological Data: From Fieldwork to Databases.   
Zach just turned 16 and is in the 11th grade at Palmer Ridge High School, Monument, Colorado. His abstract can be viewed by clicking HERE

Zach by the program board just outside the room he will
present his paper at in the Colorado Convention Center
in Denver, Colorado.

Zach taking the podium and preparing for his

Zach can now relax. His presentation is over!

Zach was a contributing author on a paper presented by Steven Veatch: Informal Education in Geoscience: A Case Study of the Pikes Peak Pebble Pups and Earth Science Scholars.  The case study of the Pebble Pups was part of session number 393: Geoscience Education and Outreach: 50 Years of Progress II

His abstract can be viewed by clicking HERE
The vision of the GSA is: to be the premier geological society supporting the global community in scientific discovery, communication, and application of geoscience knowledge.
Their mission is: to advance geoscience research and discovery, service to society, stewardship of Earth, and the geosciences profession.
Zach (L) and Steven Veatch (R) take a break from the
Geological Society proceedings.
The Geological Society of America will be back in
Denver in 2016. Who will be the next pebble pup
ready to conduct research and present?

Welcome! This is the gateway to adventure and discovery

Through this blog pebble pups and junior members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society can access their lessons, work on assignments and projects, and receive details about field trips in the Pikes Peak Region. This Internet program is also suitable for young people who are interested in Earth science but do not live near a rock club or gem and mineral society or for young people anywhere who want a deeper dive into these topics. The only requirement is that all participants must be members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and must fill out the CSMS membership form (under important websites) and send their registration and membership fee in. Steven Veatch is the senior instructor and will need an email from you with your name, address, phone number, and permission from your parents to participate in this program.