Table of Contents

 

The way we were: 2011 was a busy year for the oil and gas industry – huge economic problems, yes, but a lot of great success stories.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/white-ken.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 1766 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/white-ken.jpg
 

Out of Africa: The deepwater Rovuma Basin off the coast of Mozambique is proving to be a bonanza for discovery.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/daniels-bob.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 1767 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/daniels-bob.jpg
 

Hot water, hot potential: The possibility of reaping the rewards of geothermal energy, especially along the Gulf of Mexico coast, is moving closer to reality.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/us-geothermal-database-being-created-2012-01jan-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 1768 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/us-geothermal-database-being-created-2012-01jan-hero.jpg
 

Hall of Fame: Italy’s majestic Dolomites have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated team of geologists – including an AAPG member who knows the region like the back of his hand.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/unesco-designation-celebrates-dolomites-heritage-2012-01jan-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 1771 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/unesco-designation-celebrates-dolomites-heritage-2012-01jan-hero.jpg
 

Let’s make a deal: AAPG’s annual Prospect and Property Expo – best known as APPEX– is the place to be to find international potential.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 1772 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg
 

On one hand carbon capture and storage lacks governments' support in Europe. On the other hand understanding of CCS technology is growing.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 1773 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg
 

Jonna Gentry, a ninth grade earth science teacher in Colorado, is this year’s winner of the AAPG Foundation Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources in the Earth Sciences K-12 – or, simply, Teacher of the Year.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 1774 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg
 

It was eight years ago that AAPG BULLETIN managing editor and geologist, June Chronos died but even as late as November 2011 she continued to give back to herpassion – geology.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 1775 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg

Standing Columns

After World War II – possibly as part of the Marshall Plan – Shell was obliged to give an American company a half interest in the acreage it held in Netherlands.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/insistence-proved-unwanted-block-a-winner-208-01jan-hero.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/insistence-proved-unwanted-block-a-winner-208-01jan-hero.jpg 1778 Explorer Historical Highlight

During my travels this year I have been repeatedly asked a number of questions regarding the AAPG and its policies. Here, I address one of the more challenging and important issues – joint cooperation with other professional societies.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg 1780 Explorer President’s Column

Our programs are the result of a collaborative partnership between member volunteers, who donate their time, effort and expertise, and AAPG staff worldwide, who offer strategic guidance and provide operational support.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg 1781 Explorer Director’s Corner

A wise adage states that anything worth having is not easily obtainable – and it just so happens that the most promising source of cleaner, domestic, cost-effective energy of the near future also is incredibly controversial.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg 3530 Explorer Policy Watch

The DPA’s Mid-Year meeting was held Nov. 5 in Plano, Texas, and was attended by 17 people, including the DPA’s Executive Committee, councilors and committee chairs along with AAPG Divisions manager Norma Newby.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg 1782 Explorer Division Column DPA

Seismic stratigraphy requires interpreters to analyze the geometrical configurations and termination patterns of seismic reflection events.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/the-final-touch-attributes-prove-their-worth-fig1.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/the-final-touch-attributes-prove-their-worth-fig1.jpg 1835 Explorer Geophysical Corner

For the past 20 years, the AAPG Foundation has continued to be an active and often dynamic factor in Association activities.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2012-01jan-thumb.jpg 1836 Explorer Foundation Update

News & Features