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Atacama Desert: Water Supply Challenges with Errol Montgomery

  • 12 Jan 2011
  • 6:30 PM
  • NEW! Sheraton Tucson, 5151 E. Grant on the northeast corrner of Grant & Rosemont


  • Member of SME Tucson Section
  • Not a member to SME Tucson Section
  • Must be a current UA mining student and member of UA SME.

1 registration per individual. Please enter full first name, last name, and company - these will appear on your badge as entered.
1/10/2011 - 12 pm - Online registration is now closed.  Please call RSVP line 289-8020 (Stacy Henrich at EEC) to be placed on a waiting list.  Thank you!

Atacama Desert: Water Supply Challenges with Errol Montgomery

Sponsor:  SRK Consulting

Registration Deadline is 12PM on Monday, Jan. 10

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Sheraton Tucson at 5151 E. Grant -- northeast corner of Grant & Rosemont
. Use Conference Center Entrance on west side of the hotel.

22 SME Tucson members who reserve by deadline
$30 non-members who reserve by deadline.
Add $3 to above
($25/$33) for late RSVPs if space allows.
Free for current UA mining students who are UA SME members
Payable at the door by cash or check payable to SME Tucson
Cost does not include bar drinks. Cash bar is available.

Cancellations and No Shows: Please call or email in advance to cancel.  If you do not cancel your reservation, SME is still required to pay for your dinner and you will in turn be billed; we appreciate your understanding.  Thank you!

Program Description: Atacama Desert: Water Supply Challenges for Mineral Industry in the Driest Part of the World compares the Atacama Desert to the Sonoran Desert in terms of location, altitudes, patterns of precipitation and groundwater recharge, surface water and groundwater resources, and problems related to water development. The Atacama lies entirely in northern Chile and is commonly described in the literature as a zone of hyperaridity. Although rains are infrequent, particularly in the lowlands, flowing streams occur in the Altiplano and in the Andean Slope areas.  Groundwater recharge occurs and large reservoirs of groundwater exist.  Largest groundwater reserves occur in basin-fill deposits and in fractured volcanic rock aquifers in geological structural salar basins. Many salar basins are heavily regulated with respect to water development and new groundwater development is sometimes prevented by regulations and by environmental concerns. Saline groundwater is common and presents challenges for development of fresh water supplies for municipalities and mineral industry.  Agricultural water use is small due to cold nighttime temperatures at locations of favorable soils and due to high salinity. 

Speaker: Errol L. Montgomery, Ph.D., P.G., C.HG., Hydrogeologist, Principal, Montgomery & Associates
Dr. Errol “Monte” Montgomery, M&A’s founder, continues to be one of the most respected and recognized experts in the Arizona hydrogeology community. His many honors include a Fulbright Fellowship (1978), a National Defense Act Fellowship (1968–1970), and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Hydrological Society (2001). A former professor of geology at Northern Arizona University, he has published more than 45 technical papers and consulted extensively on hydrogeologic issues in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. In addition to M&A’s two domestic offices, Monte founded Errol L. Montgomery & Associates, Ltda., in Santiago, Chile.

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