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Cusiana – A Giant in the Colombian Foothills  
By Bernard Duval / August 2013

This story, whose outcome was an important milestone for Total’s exploration at the time of discovery, can be seen as complementary to the Mahakam success story, described in the September 2011 Historical Highlights column.

Origin of the Caribbean? Look Toward the Pacific  
By James Pindell / July 2013

Were there enough arguments to champion a firm stand for a Pacific origin of the Caribbean lithosphere, as Kevin Burke, Bruce Malfait and others had suggested?

Hero at Large – The Ultimate Quiet Man  
By Oliver Campbell / June 2013

Operation Overlord: An unassuming, extraordinary quiet man keeps a secret about his heroic past in silence throughout his entire life.

Lucas and the Michigan Basin Reef Project  
By Richard Vincelette / May 2013

This story is an illustration of how a single geologist working for a major company can develop new exploration concepts in a “mature basin” and turn it into one of that company’s most successful plays in the onshore United States.

Solving the Mystery of Angolan Oil  
By Tako Koning / April 2013

It was a milestone year for everyone living in Angola. In 2002, Jonas Savimbi, the leader of the rebel group UNITA, was killed on Feb. 22 that year, bringing an abrupt end to the long and horrible 27 years civil war.

A Truly Massive Stimulation Technique  
By John C. Lorenz / March 2013

After World War II, the United States suddenly found itself with nuclear explosives, a tool for which there were few obvious uses other than spectacular and indiscriminate destruction. 

Cartagena – History, Culture and Geology  
By Miguel Ramirez, Hans Krause / February 2013

Beautiful Cartagena, the site of this year’s AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, is the city where Colombia’s bogotanos flock to enjoy themselves, to see and be seen.

Historic New York Survey Set High Geologic Standards  
By Raymond Sorenson / January 2013

When New York began its first state geological survey in 1836, seep petroleum was used in small quantities primarily for medicinal purposes.

Entrepeneurs Finished the Falklands’ Story  
By Phil Richards / December 2012

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

Striking It Big in Kansas  
By Lawrence Skelton / November 2012

In January 1860, Lawrence, Kan., newspaperman George W. Brown, while visiting his hometown of Conneautville, Pa., was captured in the excitement of a new oil boom radiating from nearby Titusville.

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Historical Highlights

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.

Historical Highlights

A History-Based Series, Historical Highlights is an ongoing EXPLORER series that celebrates the "eureka" moments of petroleum geology, the rise of key concepts, the discoveries that made a difference, the perseverance and ingenuity of our colleagues – and/or their luck! – through stories that emphasize the anecdotes, the good yarns and the human interest side of our E&P profession. If you have such a story – and who doesn't? – and you'd like to share it with your fellow AAPG members, contact the editor.

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