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The Imperial Barrel Award competition begins to ramp up. Applications are now being accepted for students to participate in this year's competition. Deadline for entry is Dec. 13.

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Surprise! Geoscientists make an historic discovery of a huge volcano in the Pacific Ocean – in an area first studied 20 years ago.

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Check out the new Q&A format used for capturing comments and observations of the officer candidates for Executive Committee offices. 

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Making a connection: A team of AAPG members spend time with Boy Scouts at this year’s Jamboree, introducing scores of them to the world of geology.

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Take a few minutes to review the experience of some 2,000 attendees at the recent International Conference and Exhibition held in Cartagena, Colombia.
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Emphasis: Exploration Innovations

 

Coming to a field near you – new technology that will reshape the oil and gas industry. When? Maybe sooner than you think.

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Let’s get small: Researchers are discovering new and exciting ways to apply nanotechnology to the energy industry – but these days, they’re doing that by thinking BIG.

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Is that a UFO? Actually it is a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), which is an airborne drone that is proving to be useful both onshore and offshore.

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Stealth apparently can come in all sizes so some countries are hesitant to accept the use of UAVs for research. Fortunately Norway is one of those places that have permitted geoscientists to drone on.

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Three new research facilities divide their focus between downstream and upstream technology for Aramco Services.

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Image control: Drones don’t always get good press – think spying, or even warfare. But drone technology, combined with precise photography, can make valuable contributions to the energy industry.

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Standing Columns

President Lee Krystinik asks the question: Do we do what we say we do regarding our AAPG business activities? AAPG’s range of activities is broad but do they truly move the Association toward its primary goals and purpose?

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Over the past two decades, advances in technology and political choices to encourage the flow of goods, services and capital across borders have contributed significantly to global economic growth.

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A recent story about Shell’s withdrawal from a long-lived project on in situ production of shale oil from oil shale was an interesting example of over-interpretation of a small dataset.

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The attributes in question were derived from a HorizonCube, an interpretation technique that provides fully interpreted seismic volumes where horizons are automatically tracked between a given set of framework horizons and faults.

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Over the past two years large variations in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates of the volume of methane released during natural gas production have been used by organizations arguing respectively that natural gas is cleaner than or dirtier than coal.

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Exploration for oil and gas in Saskatchewan was initiated in 1888 with the spudding of a 472-meter (1,548.5 feet) well near the settlement of Belle Plaine some 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of Regina.

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The office: AAPG opens the AAPG Africa Office in Lagos, Nigeria, which will be staffed by AAPG member Delia Kuye.

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Most know that it exists to do good things to support the geosciences – but sometimes it’s a good idea to revisit the original intent to make sure we are fulfilling the wishes of the founders.

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