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Something old, something new: For decades, production in the Granite Wash has been a steady, ongoing story – but the book is getting an exciting new chapter, thanks largely to horizontal drilling.

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What’s next? Leaders of three AAPG Regions talk about anticipated activity and potential challenges their areas face in 2011. 

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When it comes to natural gas and its potential in the future energy mix, there’s both pessimism and optimism – depending on who’s talking. 

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It’s a wonderful life: Being named a winner of AAPG’s Pioneer Award never occurred to J. Myles Bowen – despite his prominent role in a number of huge industry success stories, including the Nelson Field.

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Her amazing adventure, part II: AAPG member and EXPLORER correspondent Susan R. Eaton puts her scientific background to use as a member of the Elysium Expedition to Antarctica.

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On the road again: February is going to be a busy month for AAPG’s Distinguished Lecture program. 

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Standing Columns

In thinking about the future of AAPG and the petroleum industry, it is interesting to contemplate the frontiers we currently face and those we could face in the future – but it also is worthwhile to consider the frontiers of the past.

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Last year the Executive Committee, Advisory Committee and senior staff force-ranked AAPG’s top 25 programs. Generally, the outcome was what you might expect, with the BULLETIN, EXPLORER and ACE (annual meeting) taking the top rankings.

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My first six months as president of the AAPG Energy Minerals Division has brought both a broader and a more detailed understanding of the energy picture in the United States and the world in general. This has resulted in new realizations and in forming new opinions on a variety of energy-related topics, some of which I would like to share with you.

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For decades, seismic analysis of subsurface geology has been limited to information that can be extracted from compressional-wave (P-wave) seismic data – but numerous geophysicists are now becoming aware of the advantages of combining shear-wave (S-wave) data with P-wave data.

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In 2005 the National Academies released a report titled “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future.”The report’s objective, with the bipartisan encouragement of a concerned Congress, was to assess the nation’s scientific and technological enterprise and recommend specific policy steps to ensure that it would continue delivering the advances necessary to ensure U.S. competitiveness and prosperity.

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The Nelson Field in the North Sea is the British Gas discovery featured in a new series of articles focusing on the history of petroleum geology.

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The 2012 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) will be held in late September in Singapore, with meeting dates subject to final confirmation once the Formula One schedule for 2012 is released.

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Looking for a new way to support the next generation of geoscientists? Here are a few ideas to consider as you build goals for 2011.

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