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Going deeper: The Gulf Basin Depositional Synthesis project continues to prove that there’s still much to learn about the Gulf of Mexico.

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The golden oldie: Operators’ eyes tend to light up when talking about the Permian Basin, with good reason – the venerable play is not only still going strong, it keeps providing exciting new chapters to its history.

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For the beauty of the earth: Canadian geology professor Nick Eyles has become an award-winning media sensation thanks to his books and TV series that entertain and inform the public by showcasing the best of earth’s geologic wonders.

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Wolfberry isn't the latest flavor at the smoothie bar, but it may be the tastiest discovery in the past 50 years in the Permian Basin.

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ProTracks: Let’s make a deal: OK, you know your prospect has enormous potential. Do you have what it takes to be a closer?

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Fueling the Future: The technical program – featuring more than 400 presentations – is complete for this year’s AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Singapore.

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Announcing URTeC: Three of the world’s leading oil and gas professional societies in 2013 will launch the first technology conference with a focus on unconventional resources in Denver.

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Standing Columns

This month’s column is extracted from my address at the opening session of the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Long Beach, Calif., on April 22. I thank AAPG staff members Vicki Beighle and David Lange for their extraordinary help in generating these statistics and figures.

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This edition of EXPLORER began with President Paul Weimer presenting a detailed analysis of membership trends in the Association.

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Hydraulic fracturing technology was pioneered in the mid-1940s by Halliburton, and arguably questionable as to its early success.

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The traditional tool interpreters have used to establish correspondences between subsurface stratigraphy and surface-measured seismic data has been synthetic seismograms calculated from well log data.

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Geology’s role in unconventional natural gas production (via hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling) often is overlooked by the public, but it is a key factor in ensuring that natural gas production is efficient, economic and environmentally responsible.

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Even from the beginning, the discovery well gave a hint that the Permian Basin was going to be a major oil province. That well was the Santa Rita #1 – Santa Rita, the patron Saint of the Impossible.

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At the center of the AAPG Foundation is its support of scientific advances in the geosciences and petroleum geology to enable broad availability of geoscience information to professionals and the public, to enhance public awareness of geoscience and energy issues and to provide educational opportunities for students and teachers from K-12 and beyond.

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