This Special Issue of the EXPLORER
was conceived and developed in honor of those who have dedicated their
careers to the search for hydrocarbons over the past century.
Our goal was to provide a flavor
of the personalities and events that shaped the heritage of the 21st century
explorationists, and of the times in which they endeavored.
Writing and editing this Special
Issue has been a fascinating exercise, not unlike exploring your grandparent's
attic, with every small item saved having significance at some point in
history. The exercise also has had its frustrations, mainly caused by
"so many stories, so little space."
Sources for information and photos
for this issue were mainly from AAPG, including the BULLETIN and AAPG
special publications, with some of the articles re-edited after having
previously appeared in the EXPLORER over its 21 years of publication.
Major photo sources also included the AAPG publications Oil On Their
Shoes and To the Waters and the Wild.
Other sources included the History
of Petroleum Geology Committee, chaired by Samuel Pees, and a number of
personal sources, including Michel T. Halbouty and Fred A. Dix. Other
general sources include the number of publications that focus on the history
of specific companies.
Special thanks also goes to the
AAPG Foundation Library staff for their valuable assistance. We also would
thank the advertisers, whose financial support made possible this report
as well as that of the monthly EXPLORER.
Supplement to the AAPG EXPLORER
... Patillo Higgins discovery (1900-1916)
... the theory, the debate, the lecture (1946-1974)
OPEC ... inspired
by a Texas tale
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