Centennial of the Wolfcamp Formation  
By Richard Bain / April 2017

A few months after the founding of AAPG in early 1917, the first description of the Wolfcamp Formation was published in the University of Texas Bulletin No. 1753 titled “Notes on the Geology of the Glass Mountains” by J. A. Udden, on Sept. 20, 1917.

Source Rock as a Reservoir: A Personal Odyssey  
By Marlan Downey / March 2017

In 1965, G.T. Philippi, a Shell geochemist, made the novel proposal that petroleum was generated from organic matter in sediments that had been buried deeply enough to be exposed to warmer earth temperatures, converting the organic matter, with heat and time, to petroleum.

The Oil Sands Pioneers of Alberta  
By Fran Hein / February 2017

Wildfires might be what come to mind when most people think of northeastern Alberta, owing to recent news coverage of the record evacuation of about 88,000 people from the Fort McMurray area. Current events notwithstanding, however, northeastern Alberta is historically best known for its huge bitumen resources.

Deeper Waters: How Science and Technology Pushed Exploration to Greater Depths  
By Paul Weimer / January 2017

Today, there are 31 sedimentary basins worldwide that produce or have economic discoveries in deepwater, in terms of both modern water depths and reservoir type.

A Natural Gas Revolution in Colombia  
By Miguel Ramirez / December 2016

Natural gas not only improves air quality by reducing smog, but also helps mitigate the impact of climate change by significantly reducing emissions. It has tangible positive effects on people’s lives around the world.

Tectonic Shocks in the Oil Industry  
By Mark Mau, Henry Edmundson / November 2016

The story of how the concept of plate tectonics was born, struggled, won its fight for existence and eventually arrived in the oil industry is multi-faceted, insightful and entertaining.

The Cuban Oil Boom and the Discovery of Jatibonico Oil Field  
By John D. Silvernail / October 2016

Following the end of the Second World War, there was a great hope that the same oil prospectivity found in Venezuela might also exist in Cuba.

Unifying Threads of Southeast Mexico's Discovery Processes  
By Javier Meneses-Rocha / September 2016

The discovery processes of four provinces in southeast Mexico were forged through different political, economic and legal frameworks, imprinted indelibly by the history of Mexico.

Discovery of the Giant Monte Alpi Field  
By Iain Paterson, Chris Brown / August 2016

A relatively unknown and highly productive oil province in Europe was discovered by a British national oil company, all because they were told to stay close to home.

The Search for Oil Offshore Abu Dhabi  
By Michael Morton / July 2016

In 1953, a subsidiary of British Petroleum obtained an oil concession of 31,000 square kilometers off the coast of Abu Dhabi. It would later become an important discovery, revealing the potential of Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs in the region.

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Historical Highlights - Hans Krause

Hans Krause is an AAPG Honorary Member, Distinguished Service Award winner and former chair of the AAPG History of Petroleum Geology Committee.

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