The principal method of providing outreach to geoscience students, non-AAPG geoscientists, and the general public, is through the EMD Public Webpages of the various Commodity Committees. These webpages provide basic information concerning each of the hydrocarbon-based unconventional energy commodities, such as: coalbed methane, gas hydrates, tight gas sands, shale gas & liquids, oil (tar) sands, and oil shale, and the alternative energy resources, such as coal, uranium (nuclear minerals), geothermal energy, for monitoring purposes, renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar, hydropower, biomass, and others under investigation.


Coalbed Methane Bibliography
Compiled by Brian Cardott
EMD Coalbed Methane Committee Chairman

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Uranium and its Use and Waste Storage.

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In this time of frequent job and/or career changes, it is important to demonstrate one's versatility to prospective clients and employers. In order to provide the membership with as much help as possible during these interesting times, the Energy Minerals Division, through the Division of Professional Affairs, offers peer-reviewed, professional certification for Coal Geologists.

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Organic petrography via incident light microscopy has broad application to shale petroleum systems, including delineation of thermal maturity windows and determination of organo-facies. Incident light microscopy allows practitioners the ability to identify various types of organic components and demonstrates that solid bitumen is the dominant organic matter occurring in shale plays of peak oil and gas window thermal maturity, whereas oil-prone Type I/II kerogens have converted to hydrocarbons and are not present. High magnification SEMobservation of an interconnected organic porosity occurring in the solid bitumen of thermally mature shale reservoirs has enabled major advances in our understanding of hydrocarbon migration and storage in shale, but suffers from inability to confirm the type of organic matter present. Herein we review organic petrography applications in the North American shale plays through discussion of incident light photographic examples. In the first part of the manuscript we provide basic practical information on the measurement of organic reflectance and outline fluorescence microscopy and other petrographic approaches to the determination of thermal maturity. In the second half of the paper we discuss applications of organic petrography and SEM in all of the major shale petroleum systems in North America including tight oil plays such as the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Niobrara, and shale gas and condensate plays including the Barnett, Duvernay, Haynesville-Bossier, Marcellus, Utica, and Woodford, among others. Our review suggests systematic research employing correlative high resolution imaging techniques and in situ geochemical probing is needed to better document hydrocarbon storage, migration and wettability properties of solid bitumen at the pressure and temperature conditions of shale reservoirs. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (

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A presentation that includes slides shown by Vince Matthews, Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at the EMD luncheon, AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Long Beach, California.

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Presented by William A. Ambrose, Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at the Bureau of Economic Geology John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
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Presented by the 2009-10 Executive Committee at the New Orleans Annual Meeting and Exhibition.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
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Invited Presentation by Campbell, M. D. and H. M. Wise for the Dinner Meeting of the Houston Geological Society’s Engineering and Environmental Group, May 18, Houston, Texas, 51 p.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
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Campbell, M. D. and W. A. Ambrose, 2010 Press Release (with Details) April 16.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
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AIPG The Professional Geologist article by Uranium Committee: Campbell, M. D., J. D. King, H. M. Wise, R. I. Rackley, and B. Handley. AAPG – Energy Minerals Division 2008 Report, revised for publishing in AIPG’s The Professional Geologist, Vol. 46, No. 5, September/October, pp. 42-51 - Peer Reviewed.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
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