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Coming clean: Service companies are spinning out new hydraulic fracturingtechnologies that promote environmentally sensitive practices.

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Exotic beauty: Malaysia’s Langkawi Geopark is a beautiful creation for tourists. For geologists, it’s paradise.

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Spreading the word: Nine speakers have been selected for AAPG’s prestigiousDistinguished Lecture program for the 2012-13 North American tours.

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Emphasis: Rocky Mountains

 

What goes up must come …: Despite the seemingly never-ending cycles of boom and bust, operators in the Rocky Mountain region are finding ways to stay in the game.

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Surprise! Ordinarily a target for oil production, the Cretaceous Niobrara formation is proving to be more versatile in Colorado’s Piceance Basin.

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Try, try again: Test wells and seismic data have helped lead the way to success in theSan Juan Basin’s Mancos Shale formation.

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What do the numbers indicate when measuring Niobrara tight oil success in Colorado?

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Standing Columns

In 1988, John Bookout (former president and CEO of Shell Oil Company) observed that there are two types of geologists in the oil business.

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One year ago this month I was sitting in AAPG’s GEO-DC office at the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, Va., when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the state.

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For more than 100 years, shale oil has referred to the product of pyroly­sis of oil shale, whereas oil shale refers to organic rich (kerogen) rock that has never reached the oil window.

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In the rough terrain of overthrust settings, 2-D seismic data continues to be a standard tool for subsurface mapping – and not only because of economic reasons. Two-D and 3-D seismic surveys are complementary in land environments, because each data type has its own strength and weakness.

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Historical Highlights looks at the origin of the Caribbean, a geological puzzle. Just exactly where did it come from?

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AAPG’s Asia Pacific Region comprises members living in a geographically large and complex area drawn from the most ethnically and culturally diverse area of the Earth; it includes the “stans” in the west (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan), the Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, north Asia – including China, Korea and Japan – together with Oceania (PNG, Australia, New Zealand).

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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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