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The world’s best classroom? The beautiful and dramatic outcrops that dominate the western Ireland’s Clare and Kerry counties have provided enormous value as analogs to thousands of geoscientists – and new lessons are still being learned there.

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Modern research in the Clare Basin began nearly 60 years ago – but new secrets and insights are still being revealed daily.

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Up close and personal: 17 questions for award-winning researcher Henry Posamentier.

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Have an opinion about hydraulic fracturing? So does the person next to you, which is why Steve Leifer, this year’s speaker at the upcoming DEG annual luncheon, says to look at the big picture.  

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Online registration continues to be open – and savings are available – for this year’s AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, which will be held April 22-25 in Long Beach, Calif.

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Emphasis: Seismic

 

An added dimension: 3-D seismic data is an essential ingredient in operators’ efforts to understand the risks and nuances of shale plays.

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A team player: 3-D seismic technology is more than just a stand-alone tool – its true value shines when it is combined with other well data.

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Fayetteville Shale– The Sequel: The play has a glorious past, but technological advances and data integration are making its present – and future – even better.

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The Obama administration announced a Gulf lease sale in June.

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Standing Columns

My co-author for this month’s column is Jim McGhay, AAPG Treasurer. Later this month, you will receive your dues statement, where there are two items that might attract your attention. We address them here.   

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In a previous column we talked about the fact that AAPG is a member-led organization. We elect our officers from among the membership, and these folks donate their time and talent to guide the Association during their term of service.

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If you asked my parents what their view of the oil and gas industry was they would describe a scene from an old black and white photograph of Spindletop, McKeesport or the Big Sinking Fields, where the ground was barren and black with oil and you could step from one rig floor to the next.

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Tidewater areas can be difficult places to acquire consistent-quality seismic data, because different sources have to be used across exposed land surfaces than what are used across shallow-water areas.

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Historical Highlights takes a look at Russia’s oil industry beginning with the pioneering efforts of the Swedish Nobel brothers.

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Frigid temperatures and blizzard conditions moved across Europe in early February, setting new records – and as temperatures fell, gas prices from the main pipeline in Russia rose to the highest levels since 2006.

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If you have a passion to support future generations, add your contributions to the James E. Hartman Student Leadership Summit Fund. 

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