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A review of major oil and gas discoveries of 2013 shows a down year in terms of quantity—but that’s not the whole story.

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Discoveries were comparatively sparse, but they persisted steadily throughout the year. Here are some of the more significant discoveries of the past year.

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Shale may be the reservoir du jour, but a wide range of conventional reservoirs still hold promise in diverse regions throughout the world.

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The second annual Playmaker Forum will build on the success of last year’s event, offering professional development, networking, and tricks of the trade from some of the best oil finders in the world.

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Emphasis: World Developments

 

New geosteering tools are helping to drive eye-raising crude oil production levels in the Bakken shale play.

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Presentation matters as much as the prospect itself, a veteran geologist says, as he offers tips on how to market a prospect to potential buyers.

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The RMAG/DGS 3-D Seismic Symposium on Feb. 14 will be the 20th anniversary of the annual forum and will feature 3-D seismic sage Alistair Brown as keynote speaker.

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The request to speak at a Florida Legislature Energy Briefing on hydraulic fracturing came from Edie Allison, AAPG’s GEO-DC director, one week before the event.

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Standing Columns

My “to-do” list and those of the AAPG Executive Committee (EC) and our very able staff and management are quite a lot longer, but five of the key objectives are noted in this article.

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Welcome to 2014, where here at AAPG we look forward to a new year of advancing the world of petroleum geosciences.

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Have you ever heard a phrase in conversation or through the media and thought that you had a vague understanding of the meaning – but carried on with your misunderstanding?

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When we see a rainbow, it is visually appealing – and the natural tendency is to appreciate its aesthetic qualities rather than study it on an analytical basis, as frequency sub-bands decomposed from white light.

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The recent National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on its late-April 2012 workshop, “Health Impact Assessment of Shale Gas Extraction,” describes many potential health impacts of shale gas development and identifies the data gaps.

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The story of geology and exploration in Venezuela has been written by dozens of geologists who made a difference in that country. By extension and through mentorship and writing, their impacts continue today.

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Latin America is known for its young population, and the Latin America Region of AAPG is no exception.

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As you may know, the AAPG Foundation continues to demonstrate considerable progress in achieving its mission to support educational, charitable and scientific programs and activities for the benefit of the geologic profession and the general public.

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