Kluth & Associates
Roxborough, Colorado, USA
kluths@comcast.net   (303) 904-2939
Places Where I Have Worked

All of North America Basins and Deformation Zones
California offshore and Central Basin
Western Canada Basin
Western North America thust belt
Rocky Mountain Foreland
Interior Basins
Appalahians and AppalachianBasin
Offshore Eastern Canada

South America

Southeast Asia
South China See
Gulf of Thailand
Papua New Guinea
North West Shelf of Australia
Northern India

Southern Asia
Iran and Kurdistan

North Sea
Northern Spain

West Africa
Courses and Field Trips That I Provide

Short Courses
Structural Geology and Interpretation

Structural Traps in Extended Terranes

Structural Traps in Shortened Terranes

Seismic Interpretation of Structures

Tectonics of Western North America

Tectonics of the Appalachia Region

Geology and Tectonics of the Rocky Mountain Region

Analysis of Dipmeters and Image Logs

        Field Trips

Rocky Mountain Foreland

         Big Horn Basin

Sawtooth Thrust Belt
Wyoming Thrust Belt

Canadian Thrust Belt

Extension of the Southern Cordillera
Shortening and Extension in the Jackson, WY Area      DeathValley/Bishop                California Region

California Extension

California Borderland

Eastern Kentucky               Extensional Structures

Chuck Kluth, CV




Presently   : Distinguished Scientist, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Presently   : Principal, Kluth and Associates, Geological Consulting



Ph.D., Geology (Stuctural Geology,Tectonics)

University of Arizona1982, (minor: Petrology)

M.S., Geology, Northern Arizona University 1974
B.S.,(cum laude) Geology, Northern Arizona University, 
B.A., Business Administration, Augustana College 1971  Omicron Delta Kappa, 1970



Structural geology of shortened, extended and strike-slip terranes.  Balanced interpretation construction and restoration.  Prospect and production scale evaluation of structural traps.  Class room and field training in structural geology worldwide.  Consulting on structural geology.  Regional tectonic analysis.  Prospect generation and integration of data.  Portfolio evaluation, assessment of risk and value of information.  Lectures, Short Courses and Field Trip presentations in the United States, Italy, Japan, England, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Indonesia.



1989-2002 :  Chevron internal consultant on structural geology for exploration and production

                Chairman, Chevron Intracompany               Committee on Structural Geology     

1990-       :   Principal lecturer and Coordinator Chevron Corporation's structural geology training program

1993-2002 : Member, Structural Geology Research Team at Chevron Petroleum                               Technology Company (research lab)

2003         : AAPG Huffington International Distinguished Lecturer


1974-1977:   Exploration geology, Permian Basin

1977         :   Development geology, Wyoming thrust belt, Uinta Basin,  Rocky Mountains

1977-1980:   Ph.D. program, University of Arizona

1980-1982:   Exploration geophysics, Wyoming thrust belt

1982-1985:   Exploration, Rocky Mountains,

                                    Project Coordinator 1984-1985  Senior Geologist( responsible for exploration program of 11 earth scientists in Rocky Mountain Foreland)

1985         :   Eastern District Supervisor (Appalachians,  Eastern basins) Staff Geologist      

(responsible for exploration program  and 13 earth scientists, approximately $6.5 million, 1.3 million acres)

1985-1988:  Division Geologist, Mid-Continent Division(East coast to Colorado)(responsible for technical quality of geologic work done by 31   earth scientists)

1983-1988:  College Employment Recruiter

1988-1990:  Exploration,  Europe Division(Central Apennines Southern Alps, Italy)

1981-1990:  Lecturer, Chevron Corporate Structural Geology Schools

1997-          :  Adjunct Professor, Department Geosciences, University of Arizona

1998-2000:  Adjunct Professor, Department of Geology, San Diego State University


AAPG, GSA (Fellow), Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, Colorado Scientific Society, European Association of Petroleum Geologists (charter member),  The Geological Society of London (Fellow), Houston Geological Society, American Geophysical Union


Honors: 2001 O  2001  Alumni Achievement Award, University of Arizona, Department of Geosciences

              200   A 2001  Alumni Achievement And Public Service Award, Northern Arizona University                                 


Subjects include: Structures and emplacement of silicic lavas; Late Paleozoic plate tectonics of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains; Mid-Mesozoic structure, stratigraphy and tectonics of Southern Arizona; Late Cretaceous-Cenozoic structures and tectonics,  Structural analyis and analytical tools with examples from around the world, Co-author of 'Structural Geology of Rocks and Regions' structural geology textbook.



Prospect generation and assessment. New ventures. Structural trap assessment, Mentoring younger staff. Training. Due diligence, risk assessment, and determination of value of information.  Basin studies for hydrocarbon systems.  Full time, part time, consulting.


Papers and some abstracts that might be of interest)

Kluth, C. F., and Kluth, M. J.,1974, Geology of the Elden Mountain area, Coconino        County, Arizona: in Karlstrom, T. N. V., Swann, G. A., and Eastwood,R.L., eds., Geology of Northern Arizona: for Rocky Mountain Section meeting, Geological Society of America, Flagstaff, Arizona, p. 521-529.


Kluth, C. F., 1974, Interpretation of flow structures in viscous lava, Elden Mountain, Coconino County, Arizona (abs.): Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.6, p. 451.


Kluth, C. F., 1981, Revision of the stratigraphy of the Canelo Hills volcanics and implications for the mid-Mesozoic tectonics of south-eastern Arizona (abs.)Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.13, p. 65.


Kluth, C. F., Butler, R.F., Harding, L. E., and Shafiquallah, M., 1981, Paleomagnetism of the Late Jurassic Canelo Hills volcanics, southeastern Arizona: EOS, v.62, n.45, p. 853-854.


Kluth, C. F., and Coney, P. J., 1982, Plate tectonics of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains:Geology, V. 9, p. 11-15.


Kluth, C. F., and Coney, P. J., 1982, Plate tectonics of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains,  reply to A. Goldstien: Geology, v. 9, p. 388-389.


Kluth, C. F., Butler, R. F., Harding, L. E., Shafiquallah, M., and Damon, P. E., 1982, Paleomagnetics of Late Jurassic rocks in the northern Canelo Hills, southeastern  Arizona: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 87, n. B8, p. 7079-7086.


Kluth, C. F., and Coney, P. J., 1983, Plate tectonics of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains, reply to L. A. Warner: Geology, v.11, p.121-122.


Kluth, C. F., 1983, Geology of the northern Canelo Hills and implications for the tectonics of southeastern Arizona: in Reynolds, M. W., and Dolly, E. D., eds., Mesozoic paleogeography of the west-central U. S. Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Symposium 2, p. 159-171.


Kluth, C. F., 1985, Plate tectonics of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains: (invited paper) in    Peterson, J.A., ed., Paleotectonics and sedimentation, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Memoir 41, p.353-369.


Bilodeau, W. L., Kluth, C. F., and Vedder, L. K., 1987, Regionaal stratigraphic , sedimentologic and tectonic relationships of the Glance Conglomerate in  southeastern Arizona: in Dickinson, W.R., and Klute, M. A., eds. Arizona    Geological Society Digest v. 18, p. 229-256.


Kluth, C. F., and Nelson,S. N., 1988, Age of the Dawson Arkose, southwestern Air Force Academy, Colorado and Implications for the uplift history of the Front    Range: Mountain Geologist, v. 25, p. 29-35.


Kluth,C. F., and Lamerson, P.R., 1988, Overview: Structural geology and hydrocarbon occurrences in the Thrust Belt of western Wyoming: in Goolsby, S.N., and Longman M.W.,eds., Occurences and petrophysical properties of carbonate    reservoirs in the Rocky Mountain region, Rocky Mountain Association of   Geologists Symposium, p. 97-104.


Kluth, C.F., 1989, Earth flows in Inverness and elsewhere in the Bay area: in Bilodeau, B.J., ed., Geologic Guidebook to the Point Reyes area, northern Califronia, northern California Geological Society, p. 30-33.


Kluth, C.F., 1989, Colorado state line to Denver section: in Callender, J.F., Hawley, J., and Keller, G.R., Rio Grande Rift, Field Guidebook T318, for the 28th International Geological Congress, Washington, D. C., American Geophysical Union, p. 21-30.


Kluth, C. F., 1991, Inversion and reinversion of the Sangre de Cristo-Rio Grande Rift area, southern Colorado and northern New Mexico (abs.): Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 23, p. 39.


Kluth, C. F., 1992, The fate of geosynclines in plate tectonics: in Anderson, R. C. and Schroeder, D. L. eds., Earth Interpreters, Geologic Memorial Volume to Fritioff Fryxell, Augustana College Press, Rock Island, Illinois, p. 133-140.


Kluth, C. F., and Schaftenaar, C.H., Jr.,1994, Depth and Geometry of the northern Rio Grande Rift in south-central Colorado: in Keller, G.R., and Cather S.M., eds.,  Geological Society of America Special Paper 291, Basins of the Rio Grande Rift: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Tectonic Setting, p.27-37.


Kluth, C.F. and N.G. Tilander, 1994 Lateral extensional faulting in Tertiary Piggyback basins and foredeeps along the southern Trinidad fold-thrust belt, (abs.): AAPG   Bulletin, v. 78 p. 834.


Kluth, C.F. 1994, Deformation of the footwall by "shortcut faults" during inversion, examples from Europe and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, Colorado, (abs.):    AAPG Bulletin, v. 78, p. 835.


Griffin, E.A., Imhof, A.A. and Kluth, C.F., 1994, Geometry and sequence of "Exploding anticlines" and toe thrusts in the deep-water Niger Delta, West Africa, (abs.):   AAPG Bulletin v.78, p. 836.


Kluth, C. F. and J. C. Phelps, 1997, Preliminary report on the use of Isogons in the analysis of inversion structures: in Howes, J. V. C. and R.A. Noble, eds. Proceedings of the International Conference on Petroleum Systems of SE Asia and Australia, Indonesia Petroleum Association , Jakarta, p. 971-976.


Kluth, C.F., De Armas, J.M., Gomez, Leonel, Ladd, R.C. and Tilander, N.G., 1997,  Different structural styles of the Colombian foreland, Castilla and Chichimene oil  fields, east-central Colombia: Simposio Bolivariano VI, tomo 1, Asociaon Colobiana de   Geologos y Geofisicos del Petroleo, p. 185-197.


Kluth, C.F., 1997, Comparison of the location and structure of the Laramide Front Range uplift and the Late Paleozoic Frontrange uplift, north-central Colorado: in Bolyard, D.C., and S. A. Sonnenberg, eds. Geologic History of the Colorado Front Range: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Symposium, p. 31-42.


Kluth, C.F, 1998, Comment on “Late Paleozoic deformation of interior North   America: The greater Ancestral Rocky Mountains”, by Ye, Hongzhuan, L. Royden, B.C. Burchfiel and M. Schuepbach: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 80, p. 1397-1432.


Kluth, C. F., and J. C. Phelps, 1998, The use of isogons in the analysis and prediction of   structural geometry of inversion structures, (abs.): AAPG Extended abstracts, v. 2, Salt Lake City annual meeting, no. A364.


Kluth, C.F., 1999, Tools for the geometrical analysis of structures in 3D and 4D (keynote abs.): Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 31, n. 7, p. A183.


Lewis, Gavin, McAllister, Edward, Porter, James, R., Knipe, R. J., and Kluth, C.F., 2001, Linked Extension and Compressional Systems: A Field and Analogue Modeling Study (abs): American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Abstracts for 2001 Annual Convention, Denver, June, 2001, p. A116.


Diedhomahor, J.O, Kluth, C.F., Frost, E.G. and Mellors, R.S., 2002, Linked normal fault systems of the western Niger Delta and implications for reservoir distribution (abs.), American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Abstracts for the 2002 Annual Convention, Houston, p. A42.


Chimney, P.J. and Kluth, C.F., 2002, Evidence for low-angle sub-horizontal hanging faults in rotated fault blocks, Cabinda, offshore, Angola (abs.), American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Abstracts for the 2002 Annual Convention, Houston, p. A30.

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