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Egypt popped back into the world exploration picture in a big way last year with the discovery of a supergiant gas field offshore, in the Mediterranean Sea. The find hit No. 1 on everybody’s list of big discoveries in 2015. What most people forgot is that Egypt has offered excellent exploration opportunities for decades.

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With the advent of smart phones and tablets, the world of publications has changed. For the past few years, AAPG has received more and more requests to provide access to its journals via a mobile application, and we are proud to announce the release of the AAPG Publications app.

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Emphasis: Seismic Advances

 

Touted as a “revolutionary” fault-imaging attribute, Thinned Fault Likelihood (TFL) is proving to be a relatively new and successful tool for revealing sweet spots and fracture proximity in highly faulted formations, said AAPG member Hesham Refayee, a geoscientist at dGB Earth Sciences.

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Computers have taken on more and more of the load in seismic interpretation. But advances in computational seismology and the use of seismic attributes won’t remove the geologist from the equation.

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Developing acceptable source alternatives to the airgun is a complex endeavor.

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Standing Columns

It’s been a tough 18 months if you are in the energy industry. Of the five times I can recall this happening in my career, this downturn has a few extra twists that make this time different.

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Have you made plans to attend ACE this year? AAPG’s 2016 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) is a dedicated opportunity for our members and other professionals to get together.

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The AAPG Bulletin is the flagship publication of the AAPG and is a publication we can all be justifiably proud of. How many of you realize that the AAPG publishes a second scientific bulletin that is just as technically excellent with a long history of publishing cutting-edge research? I am talking about the DEG’s Environmental Geosciences (EG), which has been in publication for over 20 years.

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Our seismic industry has witnessed many revolutions, starting from refraction to reflection imaging (1919), analog to digital recording (1963), the introduction of the common depth point (CDP) technique (1952) and the transition from 2-D to 3-D P-wave seismic data in the 1980s.

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The largest naturally occurring CO2 accumulation east of the Mississippi River is currently under exploitation northeast of Jackson, Miss.

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Only a short time ago, many in the oil and gas industry were concerned about the potential shortage of workers needed for a growing industry and a wave of retirements. Obviously, the demand has since dropped. However, we know it will go up again, and when it does, concerns about having technically qualified workers will return.

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The AAPG Foundation is fortunate to have a roster of more than 100 named funds specifically designated for educational initiatives and targeted to those interested in advancing their knowledge of the geosciences.

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