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The world's helium shortage is not a household topic, but it could become one in 2013 – this long-called a "looming crisis" is now a fast-approaching reality.

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One more time: The AAPG Foundation’s “explorer-in-residence,” Susan Eaton, is returning to Antarctica again on a scientific expedition to study the geology and the climate found at the Bottom of the World.

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Lost in the flood: AAPG member Sam Epstein stayed – and survived the devastating Hurricane Sandy in Rockaway, N.Y. And Gerald Friedman is part of the story ...

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From prospects to discoveries: The art of the deal will be among the valuable lessons shared during the inaugural DPA-sponsored Playmaker Forum, coming soon in Houston.

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Emphasis: Downhole Geology

 

A new well in Oklahoma may be the most historic and geologically interesting project in the entire country – and for a bonus, it may involve a new helium province.

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It’s all about staying on target: Technological advances are helping to make geosteering an increasingly valuable tool for geologists involved in horizontal wells.

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The proof is in the colors: A new stratigraphic analysis technique, ChromaStratigraphy, is being used to record changes in color in rock samples and produce a virtual core for viewing.

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Standing Columns

One of the AAPG Executive Committee’s priorities during the first five months of this fiscal year has been to study the Association’s science program with the goal of creating new conduits for generating and disseminating scientific content.

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The Bosphorus is a thin strait separating the continents of Europe and Asia. For millennia it has been a crossroad, where east meets west, in the beautiful city of Istanbul. And it is here that we’ve just concluded the first-ever Regional APPEX conference.

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Several AAPG meetings have taken place since the last issue of the EXPLORER was published, including the International Conference and Exhibition in Singapore, and the annual meetings for the Eastern Section (Cleveland) and GCAGS (Austin, Texas).

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This month’s column deals with quantifying facies variation.

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The 112th Congress (January 2011 to January 2013) has passed little legislation – in fact, it set a record for inactivity, and no bills impacting petroleum exploration and production have been passed.

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Some bold and creative geologists, full of the entrepreneur spirit, helped turn the Falkland Islands into a success story.

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Nearly 200 attendees from 29 countries attended the inaugural APPEX Regional 2012 event, held Nov. 8-9 in Istanbul, Turkey, and organized in association with Turkey’s National Oil Company, TPAO.

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The AAPG Foundation has received a $1 million gift from AAPG Honorary member and past AAPG president Bob Gunn, of Gunn Oil Co. in Wichita Falls, Texas.

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