on the upcoming AAPG international conference in Cancun, Mexico, was
prepared by Nahum Schneidermann and Javier Meneses Rocha, the meeting's
technical program co-chairs.
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visit to the ancient Citadel at Tulum, a historic archaeological site
that is among the more imressve Maya ruins to be found near Cancun (just
south of the new Xel-Ha National Park, an aquatic sanctuary), is an
offered attraction on one of the guest tours durin th AAPG International
Conference and Exhibition.
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impressively large response to the call for papers is an indication
that the 2004 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Cancun,
Mexico, is shaping up to be one of the year's most important meetings.
will be held Oct. 24-27 at the Cancun Convention Center.
technical program shows there will be 348 technical presentations:
180 full-day posters (60 each day) and 168 oral presentations (four
How high was
the level of interest in this meeting? More than 500 abstracts were
program is divided into six themes:
Water Exploration, Development and Production -- Six sessions
dealing with the latest developments from the areas of Gulf of Mexico,
Angola, Brazil and other regions.
and Seismic Interpretation -- Six sessions devoted to imaging,
interpreting, modeling and understanding subsurface geology from seismic
Basins and Beyond -- Three sessions focusing on the host country's
basins, prepared by AMGP, the host society, plus looks at the remaining
potential of the Americas.
and Strategy -- Six special sessions, which include "management
forums" featuring industry leaders; independents' perspectives; a
student session; and reviews of risk and portfolio management.
Conventional Petroleum -- Three special sessions on impact structures,
environmental and gas monetization topics.
and Production Concepts and Technologies
-- Nine sessions, including two provided by the SPE, on production
and remote control, drilling practices, IT, carbonates, fractures,
heavy oil and mature basins and fields.
these sessions are six field trips to classic localities of the Mexican
of those are dedicated to tectonics and structures of contrasting
styles: the compression-salt related structures of the La Popa Basin
in the northeast, and the strike-slip fault style of the Sierra de
- Two trips
offer sedimentology and stratigraphic aspects of eastern and southeastern
- A field
trip to the Sierra de Chiapas will allow outcrop examination of the
famous Chixculub impact crater at the K/T boundary, with its carbonate
breccias, which produces one million bbls a day offshore the Campeche
Sound. This field trip, together with the sessions and short courses
on Mexico, provide a priceless opportunity to learn about the petroleum
geology of this large producing country.
The trips are
complemented by a variety of eco-tours around the Yucatan Peninsula,
visiting a variety of archeological sites of the Maya Civilization,
unique fresh water dissolution features, tropical flora and fauna and
great, pristine beaches of the Caribbean.
-- start planning now to join us for this fantastic program and geologic
experience in Cancun.