John Joyce Carter: From Civil War Hero to Petroleum Entrepreneur  
By S. George Pemberton, Erin Pemberton / August 2017

The early history of the oil industry in North America is populated by people who took risks and challenged the norms. John J. Carter was such a man.

J. Elmer Thomas, Sicily and the Ragusa Oil Field  
By Albert W. Bally / July 2017

The AAPG has always played an important role in my professional life. Early in my career, I had the good fortune to have met J. Elmer Thomas, the founding president of the AAPG. This was an important event in helping me down the early paths of my profession.

A Retrospective on Source Rocks as Reservoir Rocks  
By Keith Kvenvolden / June 2017

In a recent EXPLORER, Marlan Downey lamented that he had not fully appreciated the idea that source rocks could serve as reservoir rocks for oil and natural gas. He was not alone.

Raymond’s Folly: The Codell Play of the Denver Basin  
By Raymond Pierson / May 2017

The present day Cretaceous Codell oil and gas development in the central portion of the Denver Basin of Colorado can be attributed to an earlier effort in bringing the Codell to the attention of the industry.

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.

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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.

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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