The business of oil finding has always carried certain risks, but social media and mass communication are creating a new breed of heretofore unforeseen social and economic dangers.

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The Permian Basin has been known for black gold and clear methane for almost 100 years. Today, it’s just as closely associated with little green pieces of paper. Those dollars are flowing into the area as fast as oil and gas are flowing out. Companies and investors dropped almost $30 billion into Permian deals last year.

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Michael Collier, this year’s Geosciences in the Media Award winner, has a voracious appetite for knowledge and an eye for geologic beauty.

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The Next 100 Years: Data management is a crucial component of oil exploration. What does the century ahead look like for Big Data in the oil field?

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Fasken Oil and Drilling Info have a data set encompassing hundreds of square miles and thousands of wells, and they’re willing to share.

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For anyone interested in the methods of observing and quantifying the pore systems that control hydrocarbon and flow in unconventional reservoirs, AAPG’s new volume is what you’ve been waiting for. AAPG recently released Memoir 112: “Imaging Unconventional Reservoir Pore Systems.”

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The Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop will be held April 25-26 in Durham, United Kingdom.

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Geologists, engineers, geophysicists and entrepreneurs are invited to the Mid-Continent Playmakers Forum on May 11 in Oklahoma City at the headquarters of the Oklahoma Geological Society.

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“Big Data and Deep Learning in the Oil Industry: Basics and Applications,” a Geosciences Technology Workshop to be held in Houston on May 22 at the CityCentre Norris Conference Center will focus on new analytics involving Big Data, deep learning and machine learning, and how they are transforming all aspects of the oil and gas industry.

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A two-day Workshop will be held at Houston’s CityCentre Norris Conference Center, May 23-24 entitled “Drones and UAVs: Solving Problems, Finding Resources” Geoscience Technology. The focus of the Workshop will be to identify and describe how drones and UAVs using new sensors and analytics may help optimize the exploration and production of oil and gas

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“It is not the strongest that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” This quote has been on my mind this year because being president of AAPG has been an exercise in adapting to change.

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Oil prices go up. Oil prices go down. This should perhaps be added to the list of sure things in life, alongside death and taxes.

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For the first time since the oil price collapse in November of 2014 and the difficult restructuring of our industry that followed, there are some signs of life returning to the oil patch.

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AAPG has joined with other associations to form the Geopolicy Working Group to create “Geoscience Policy Recommendations for the New Administration and the 115th Congress.”

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The main challenge for a seismic interpreter is to extract the maximum amount of information from seismic data and integrate that with other relevant data so an accurate reservoir model of the subsurface prospect can be conceived.

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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.

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Based on the success of the previous conferences and the fact that Myanmar is the current focal point for exploration in Southeast Asia, another successful event was held in the former capital city of Yangon in February: the third annual Myanmar Oil and Gas Conference.

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The Canada Region young professionals (YPs) had a great finish to 2016, including welcoming some new members to the organizing committee.

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Julie Mitchell, a geology teacher from Erie High School in Erie, Colo., and Hendratta Ali, associate professor of geosciences at the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kan., have been named the AAPG Foundation’s 2017 Teacher of the Year and this year’s Inspirational Geoscience Educator Award (IGEA) winner, respectively.

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