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Explorer Article

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Explorer Article

The ability to analyze and evaluate oil and gas exploration just got easier. A Web-based search-and-retrieval tool can now give subscribers the ability to find hundreds of thousands of geological maps, cross-sections, tables and other “exploration objects” faster and more easily and quicker than ever before. It’s called Database Exploration Objects (DEO), it was designed by AAPG Datapages, and it’s up and ready.

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The second annual Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, which once again threw a multidiscipline spotlight on new approaches, technology and science being used to develop unconventional plays, attracted more than 5,000 attendees– a 25 percent increase over last year’s inaugural event – to Denver’s Colorado Convention Center in late August.

Explorer Director’s Corner

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As this issue of EXPLORER goes to print, geoscience students and industry recruiters are gathering on the plains of Wyoming for the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, the annual job fair of AAPG’s Rocky Mountain Section.

Explorer Division Column DPA

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As AAPG Division of Professional Affairs president I am often asked, “What is the DPA’s purpose?” I decided one of the best ways to answer this question is take the Letterman approach with a Top 10 list of purposes and reasons to be part of DPA.

Explorer Foundation Update

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Explorer Foundation Update

It has a new name, a new energy and a new lineup of experts, all primed to spread geoscience knowledge around the world. “It” is AAPG’s newly named Global Distinguished Lecture Program – emphasis on the “global” – which dates back to 1941 but continues to be the Association’s flagship initiative for offering the latest in geologic science to AAPG affiliated geological societies and universities.

Explorer Geophysical Corner

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

Seismic data are usually contaminated with noise, which refers to any unwanted features in the data. These unwanted features may actually be somebody else’s signal, such as converted waves in what we think of as “P-wave” data – but more commonly, these unwanted “noise” features provide little or no information about the subsurface, and are referred to as random noise and coherent noise.

Explorer Historical Highlight

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The Toyokawa field is a small oil field, covering an area of about six square kilometers, located in northeastern Japan’s Akita Prefecture. The hillock area where the Toyokawa oil field is situated formerly was covered with natural asphalt (tar) deposits that had erupted from the subsurface. The current scenery resembles the famous La Brea Tar Pit in Los Angeles.

Explorer Policy Watch

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Explorer Policy Watch

Ronald Reagan stated in an April 2, 1988, radio address that “ … although basic research does not begin with a particular practical goal, when you look at the results over the years it ends up being one of the most practical things government does.” This widely held opinion has been notoriously hard to verify or quantify, leading to questions about appropriate funding levels.

Explorer President’s Column

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I find it ironic that George Mitchell, the “father of hydraulic fracturing technology” (aka, “father of fracing”), a technology that so many people fear or hate because of its perceived negative environmental impact, was so passionate about the environment and sustainability. This is a message we need to convey.

Explorer Regions and Sections

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AAPG held its first conference in Myanmar in August. The technical program titled “Tectonic Evolution of Myanmar and its Basin Development with Special References to its Petroleum Occurrences” was attended by 238 local and international delegates from 16 countries.

Written by members of the DPA (Division of Professional Affairs) for the members of the DPA, Correlator is published quarterly. Articles cover professional development topics as well as matters of ethics and DPA business.


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The Delegates Voice is published quarterly. It is written by the leadership of the HoD (House of Delegates), the body of delegates representing the members of AAPG, and edited by the HoD Secretary/Editor, who is nominated annually. The focus of Delegates Voice is activities and issues of the HoD. This publication is available only to AAPG members.

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One thing I always have found amazing within the House of Delegates is that every year there always are significant ideas, suggestions and issues that arise among the membership. With eight committees staffed with ‘new eyes’ every year or so, identifying items to be addressed by the House should be expected.

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Delegates Voice Article

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for secretary/editor of the AAPG House of Delegates. The HoD plays a very important role in determining the direction of the AAPG, both in seeking out and vetting potential AAPG members, and in discussing and ultimately deciding the future of the organization through changing the Bylaws. As Secretary of the House of Delegates, I will strive to do the best job possible in keeping accurate records of the important work of the House.

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Delegates Voice Article

Much of my career has been in Wyoming, and I have represented the Wyoming Geological Association, having also served as WGA president. About two years ago I finished a term as president of the Rocky Mountain Section, culminating in leading an RMS meeting in Cheyenne, Wyo. in 2011, as the Niobrara play was starting to heat up.

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Delegates Voice Article

In that I split my time between the United States and Asia, and that I teach classes globally, I believe I can bring a unique perspective to the position of chair-elect, and then chair. I understand from first-hand experience the rewards and challenges of the U.S. Sections, and also the international Regions. Although occasionally, the interests and needs of the U.S. Sections and international Regions conflict, all of us want to see the AAPG become the world’s premier scientific association. If elected, I can leverage my role as a globe-trotting bon vivant to promote that vision and help it become a reality.

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I would like to express my appreciation to the Nomination and Election Committee for asking me to run for chair-elect of the House of Delegates this year. I consider it an honor to be nominated. AAPG has made significant contributions to my professional growth in the oil and gas industry, and has fostered my passion for the science of geology during my career. I believe the main reason that AAPG continues to inspire me is the House of Delegates keeps the organization relevant by providing ongoing dynamic feedback and leadership from our membership. I cannot imagine AAPG without the HoD, and if elected I will work diligently to ensure that the House continues to function as an integral part of AAPG.

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The Nomination and Election Committee has selected the candidates to run for House of Delegates office. The election of these officers by the HoD delegates will take place at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston in April 2014.

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Delegates Voice Article

April 6, 2014, the Credentials Committee will arrive early to prepare for the welcoming and credentials check of delegates for the annual HoD meeting in Houston. During the meeting, the Credentials Committee is responsible for providing an attested roll of delegates, alternate delegates and appointed alternate delegates to the chair of the House.

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Delegates Voice Article

Encouraging new members to join AAPG is one of my favorite ways to participate in our society. The Resolutions Committee is reviewing two local societies for affiliation with AAPG this year.

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Delegates Voice Article

The Honors and Awards Committee has worked diligently across the oceans and time zones to bring forth the highest awards for 2014 for the House of Delegates. In the next Delegates’ Voice, we will publish a brief biography for these much deserving members. The Honorary Member of the House, Distinguished Members of the House, House Long Service and nine and 15-year certificates will be presented at the Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston on April 6.

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Fellow members of AAPG: It is my pleasure to serve Larry Wickstrom, and through him the House of Delegates and all AAPG members and associates as chair of the HoD Rules and Procedures Committee. Fellow committee members are vice chair Terry Hollrah, Karen S. Glaser, Charlotte Klenk, Robert C. Shoup, Laura C. Zahm and Steve P. Zody. Collectively we range from Ohio to Texas, from Idaho to Malaysia. Our task is to review the Rules and Procedures of the House, review any proposed changes, and recommend, to the chair of the House, any changes and/or retention of status quo.

The Division of Environmental Geosciences membership produces Spheres of Influence quarterly. The goals of this newsletter include addressing current events and engaging the DEG members. It also is a tool for communicating across the divisions of AAPG while highlighting upcoming environmental geoscience issues.


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