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A multi-disciplinary team of geoscientists has developed a new framework for the north Red Sea region – and their findings may cause a new reassessment of the area’s resource potential.

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The Write Stuff: One AAPG member believes that the ability to communicate is essential to a geoscientist’s career – and he’s helping his peers learn how to embrace rather than shun the craft of writing.

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The fast-approaching AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Milan will showcase – in association with EMD – a comprehensive unconventional resources program with global scope, ranging in scale from the nanopore to the petroleum system, exploring the latest in applied geoscience and engineering.

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Emphasis: Gulf Coast

 

The word on the street indicates the next potentially big U.S. shale oil play is … drumroll, please: The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS).

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It’s been little more than a year since the infamous Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico brought industry activity there to a screeching halt for the most part.

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Scientific knowledge about the origins of oil in the Gulf of Mexico Basin and the resulting impact on oil quality has evolved over a long period of time.

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The attention-grabbing antics of rapscallion Louisiana politicians who often rule the roost, so to speak, have long overshadowed the state’s considerable importance to the United States, particularly in the energy milieu.

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Standing Columns

The AAPG will celebrate its Centennial (100th) Anniversary in 2017. We aren’t the oldest professional group for geologists – that honor belongs to The Geological Society of London. But we can claim the largest number of members – more than 39,000 worldwide.

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It’s a new year, with a new EMD Executive Committee and president, and there is renewed interest in unconventional and alternative energy resources.

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In areas where fracture-producing stress fields have been oriented at different azimuths over geologic time, there can be fracture sets of varying intensities and different orientations across a stratigraphic interval.

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Persistently high employment by U.S. standards – upward of 9 percent – figures as a prominent issue for politicians of every stripe seeking to gain or hold political office in the 2012 election.

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At first glance the structural contour map and the cross section shown here look as if they had been published in the late 1920s by AAPG in the “Structure of Typical American Oil Fields” memoir.

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With expertise as both a professor and consulting geologist, AAPG President Paul Weimer’s background is well-aligned with the energy industry renaissance currently under way in Latin America.

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The AAPG Foundation closed-out the 2010-11 fiscal year on June 30 with 1,529 contributions that totaled $2,180,648.

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