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Rocky road to success: AAPG member Simon Donato found adventure and much more – when he accepted the personal challenge of finding archaeological sites in the rugged and dangerous mountains overlooking the Strait of Hormuz.

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The rest of the story? High expectations dominate current outlooks for U.S. energy independence, but a past AAPG president warns against overenthusiasm on shale capacity.

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Home grown: A recent National Petroleum Council study suggests America has enough oil resources to meet its growing demand for several decades.

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BP is recruiting the next generation of scientists and believe their response to the Macondo incident may have helped raise their profile and interest of this new talent resource.

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Technical award winners have been announced for the 2011 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, held last October in Milan, Italy.

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Foundation announced its top awards recipients: William J. Barret and Herbert G. Davis.

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Second time around: Award-winning AAPG geologist Tako Koning already had one successful career as an explorationist in Angola, and now he’s back for more – and helping residents there to recognize and appreciate the country’s geologic splendor.

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Howard Johnson left a successful 15-year career with a major oil company to become a teacher – and that step led to a role in the creation of the wildly successful Imperial Barrel Award.

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Standing Columns

This topic seemed to strike a nerve. This column is a reply to the many comments that we received.

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Are you a geologist who is continually scouring the planet for new exploration opportunities? Is your passion sifting through reams of data – old and new – coming up with new play concepts?

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I first wrote about the Keystone XL pipeline in this column back in September 2010. At the time, the project was nearing the end of a review by the U.S. Department of State for a Presidential Permit.

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If you have a pulse and have been to an AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) over the past couple of years or so, or a recent AAPG International Convention and Exhibition (ICE) such as those held in Calgary or Milan, you would have noticed.

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A fundamental thesis of elastic wavefield seismic stratigraphy (or multicomponent seismic stratigraphy) is that S-wave seismic data have equal value to P-wave data for geological interpretation.

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Geoscientists and others working the booming plays of Latin America know experience is a great tool.

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If you are one of the 2,141 donors who contributed to the AAPG Foundation in the last five years, you helped us exceed the $35 million goal – by $671,041!

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