Mr. President, ladies, and gentlemen: My sincere thanks, Jeff, for your career review and accompanying kind words today. A surprising number of previous Penrose medalists have said that they felt humbled by the honor but, in my case, thrilled would perhaps better describe my initial reaction to receiving the news from SEG President François Robert. Once the news had fully sunk in, however, I realized that this was a well-deserved award for field geologists worldwide as much as for me as an individual.

On occasions such as this, it is customary to thank the teachers, mentors, and colleagues who have...

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