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Who knows? It’s a safe bet that carbon sequestration has a big future, but how that’s going to occur remains a gamble.
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What's in a name? A movement is growing to name a new epoch in earth history, and AAPG members are at the forefront of the debate.
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The authority for naming rocks, formations and times rests with the International Commission of Stratigraphy, the largest scientific body within the International Union of Geological Sciences and the only organization concerned with stratigraphy on a global scale.
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On the road again – AAPG’s 2008-09 Distinguished Lecture program gets off to a fast start this month with the announcement of 10 domestic speakers.
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A day in the life... AAPG Distinguished Lecturer Peter Skelton takes you along on tour with his DL Diary.
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Broadcast news: The explosion of new broadband Internet sites over the past year has opened the door to a lot of niche programming based on industry topics.
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The AAPG Web site family has grown again with the addition of PetroleumGeology.org, a one-stop source for information about petroleum exploration and production geared toward the general public.
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Student Chapter awards and awards for student technical presentations given at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in San Antonio have been announced by the Convention Organizing and Student Chapters committees.
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Emphasis: Gulf Coast

 
And now, the rest of the story: Production from some big-name field developments in the Gulf of Mexico is finally about to begin.
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Majors, independents, deepwater, shallow plays – it all adds up to unabated success in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Game changer: Shale plays like the Haynesville are keeping the onshore Gulf region active and exciting.
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Watch this: Non-stop advances in visualization technology are giving geologists a front row seat for everything from initial project framing to final project review.
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Primer: Why “drill it or lose it” may be the wrong approach.
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Reefs created by shipwrecks and deep-sea oil rigs in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico may host more diverse sea life in deeper water than previously thought.
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Standing Columns

 The energy-environment bridge is built on an economic foundation. Energy is required for a healthy economy, and a healthy economy is requisite to a clean environment. Said differently, in a global or national recession, not much is invested in the environment; we have other issues and concerns to deal with that are more pressing. The economy-environment link, however, may not be widely understood. 
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 There is just something special about the Olympics – something that makes you want to be there and be a witness to the event. 
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AAPG’s Division of Environmental Geosciences had its largest set of offerings in several years at this year’s AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in San Antonio.
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Last month in this space we showed that in areas where poor-quality seismic data are acquired across a high-velocity surface with surface-based geophones, good-quality reflection events are created at deep interfaces below this high-velocity surface layer. 
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Congress returns to work this month after its August recess – and if legislators feel a sense of déjà vu, it is because their agenda includes many issues left unresolved in June and July.
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As we enter the third season of global Imperial Barrel Award competitions, I first would like to thank the Imperial Barrel Award Committee members and local IBA competition coordinators, AAPG’s amazing staff, committed industry sponsors and judges, supportive academic advisers and directors and last – but certainly not least – the participating students who made the 2008 Imperial Barrel Award program so successful and enjoyable!
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John Bookout has provided additional funding to the AAPG Foundation’s K-12 Program – a program that bears his name and owes much to his commitment toward educational excellence in geology.
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