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The call for abstracts remains open for the next AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, which will be held May 31-June 3 in Denver – but the deadline is getting close.

Explorer Emphasis Article

The global contributions to geology of the late Peter Alfred Ziegler of Switzerland and the late David Gwyn Roberts of Wales made such an impact on academia and industry that two special memorial sessions have been scheduled in their honor at the AAPG’s International Conference and Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey in September.


Imagine the Mediterranean Sea drying out. Imagine the late Permian, as the Earth warmed and dried, and much of life faced extinction. Now put the two together, and you have the basis of an analog examined in the presentation “The Messinian Mediterranean Crisis: A Model for the Permian Delaware Basin?” at the upcoming AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey.


The lessons taken from U.S. shale gas successes hold major implications for China’s energy future, according to researchers at the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah. The similarities and potential are explored in a paper to be presented at the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition this month in Istanbul, Turkey.

Explorer Article

The title says it all: Determining Hydrocarbon Distribution Using Resistivity, Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Southwestern Mississippi. The purpose of the study was to investigate the TMS Trend in southwestern Mississippi using electric logs and IHS’s proprietary Petra mapping software to document the structure, stratigraphy and hydrocarbon distribution.

DL Abstract

Oceanographic and outcrop-based data sets must be integrated for a comprehensive understanding of the geologic evolution of oceanic arcs. Using the geology of the Izu-Bonin-Marianas arc – better known than any other modern oceanic arc system – and the Mesozoic oceanic arc rocks of Western Mexico – better studied and arguably less deformed – this lecture will compare the two systems interpreting them in the context of global studies of modern and ancient oceanic arcs.

DL Abstract

Hydrothermal alteration occurs when relatively high-pressure, high-temperature fluids flow up active faults and into permeable formations that underlie sealing shales, or other low permeability strata. This process can and commonly does occur at relatively shallow burial depths of less than a kilometer and in many cases less than 500 meters.

DL Abstract

The processes affecting the transport and deposition of mud in natural environments are still poorly understood, yet, understanding these processes is important because much of the earth's surface is covered with muddy substances, two-thirds of the sedimentary rock record consist of mudstones, mud accumulation impacts water reservoirs, harbors, and shipping lanes, and because mudstones are an increasingly important energy resource. From the perspective of a sedimentologist, the need for experimental work in mudstone sedimentology comes from the realization that many mudstones contain small-scale sedimentary structures that can potentially provide information about depositional conditions and history. However, as soon as one attempts to harness these features for interpretation of environments of deposition, one realizes that there simply is not much information available that allows us to link features observed in the rock record to measurable sets of physical variables in modern environments.

DL Abstract

Coordinated Geobiology research on Yellowstone hot springs and Caribbean and Pacific coral reef ecosystems have identified a suite of universally active microbe-water-rock interactions that fundamentally shape these ecosystems. While at first glance these seem to be wildly different and unrelated environments, close examination reveals a host of striking similarities and scientific parallels.

DL Abstract

This talk will focus on distinguishing sedimentary, volcanic and structural features of basins formed under the tectonic regimes in western U.S. and Mexico. Take closer look at the Cenozoic volcanism and sedimentation occuring under extensional to transtensional strain regimes and resulting in excellent preservation of stratigraphy in deep, fault-controlled basins.

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In-Person Training
Denver Colorado United States 25 October, 2014 26 October, 2014 9125
Denver, Colorado, United States
25-26 October 2014

Unconventional petroleum systems are becoming much more important world wide in oil and gas exploration and development. This field trip will examine several unconventional systems in the Denver and Florence-Canon City basins.

Houston Texas United States 10 November, 2014 11 November, 2014 10487
Houston, Texas, United States
10-11 November 2014

This course summarizes the major advances and current controversies in dolomite research.

Houston Texas United States 10 November, 2014 10 November, 2014 10401
Houston, Texas, United States
10 November 2014

A one-day series of lectures covers the basic architecture of particulate sedimentary rocks, methods for petrologic characterization, grain assemblages, and diagenesis, including compaction, cementation, grain replacement, and fracturing. Examples of the nature and causes of reservoir quality variations in sandstones at low and high temperatures are provided with a focus on using the character of the primary grain assemblage as a predictive guide to what will happen in the subsurface.

Houston Texas United States 12 November, 2014 12 November, 2014 10570
Houston, Texas, United States
12 November 2014

This course is designed to present the concepts of sedimentary geochemistry and biogeochemistry, along with the framework to interpret elemental and mineralogical records in such organic rich mudstone sequences.

Houston Texas United States 13 November, 2014 13 November, 2014 10572
Houston, Texas, United States
13 November 2014

The course begins with a short review of the basic principles of carbonate well logging and goes on to detail the different carbonate pore types and the logging methods used to differentiate the various pore types and to determine their hydrocarbon productive potential.

Houston Texas United States 08 December, 2014 11 December, 2014 1517
Houston, Texas, United States
8-11 December 2014

This course is designed to give participants the basic working tools to explore and develop hydrocarbons in salt basins. Because no two basins are alike, the focus is on understanding the processes and styles of salt-related deformation. At course completion participants should be able to under the depositional setting of layered evaporites, describe the mechanics of salt flow, interpret salt and stratal geometries associated with diapirs, salt welds, and minibasins, and assess more accurately the risks in the exploration of salt basins.

Houston Texas United States 27 January, 2015 28 January, 2015 8997
Houston, Texas, United States
27-28 January 2015

Reserve your space now to learn how and where new knowledge and technology geology, engineering, and geophysics come together to make deepwater and shelf exploration and development more successful. 

Oklahoma City Oklahoma United States 19 February, 2015 19 February, 2015 11378
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
19 February 2015

This year’s Mississippian Lime Forum unleashes science, technology, and experience to solve persistent puzzles, and dramatically improve economics. Consider 2015 a breakthrough year as new, sometimes controversial new techniques and technologies are being implemented for the first time.

14 February, 3000 14 February, 3000 7815
14 February, 3000 14 February, 3000 7813
14 February, 3000 14 February, 3000 7812
14 February, 3000 14 February, 3000 7816
Online Training
02 October, 2014 02 October, 2014 10593
2 October 2014
This course is ideal for individuals involved in Midland Basin exploration and development. Successful development of Wolfcamp shale oil relies on complex inter-relationships (ultimately interdependencies) within and between a wide variety of scientific disciplines, financial entities, and company partnerships. 
09 September, 2014 09 September, 2014 10591
9 September 2014
Water cut is a big factor in gauging the success of horizontal drilling in the Mississippi Lime Play (MLP). The contributing factors are related in part to the spectrum of producing lithofacies and reservoir quality encountered that varies laterally and vertically, sometimes dramatically. 
24 October, 2013 24 October, 2013 1499
24 October 2013

This e-symposium will be introducing signal processing techniques as a means to maximize extracting geomechanical data from petrophysical logs.

13 December, 2012 13 December, 2012 1494
13 December 2012

The course will review core data, petrophysical comparisons, rock physics modeling (including pseudo logs and mechanical properties).

05 March, 2014 05 March, 2014 3812
5 March 2014

Explore three of the great wonders of the geological world. Take a guided tour of classic geological sites on the Colorado Plateau.

07 June, 2012 07 June, 2012 1488
7 June 2012

Unger Field, discovered in1955, has produced 8.6 million barrels of oil from a thinly (several ft) bedded, locally cherty dolomite containing vuggy and intercrystalline porosity.

21 February, 2013 21 February, 2013 1495
21 February 2013

The course will review core data, petrophysical comparisons, rock physics modeling (including pseudo logs and mechanical properties).

30 August, 2012 30 August, 2012 1489
30 August 2012

The entire Middle Pennsylvanian–to–top Precambrian basement (500 m) interval was cored in early 2011 in the BEREXCO Wellington KGS #1-32 well in Wellington Field, Sumner County, KS.

07 November, 2013 07 November, 2013 1500
7 November 2013

This e-symposium presentation places the interpretation of deep-water turbidites discernible in 3-D seismic inversion data within a geological context.

08 December, 2011 08 December, 2011 1480
8 December 2011

This e-symposium focuses on methods for predicting connectivity within clastic fluvial systems.

10 November, 2011 10 November, 2011 1481
10 November 2011

This work investigates how heterogeneity can be defined and how we can quantify this term by describing a range of statistical heterogeneity (e.g. coefficient of variation and the Lorenz coefficient).

10 May, 2012 10 May, 2012 1486
10 May 2012

Recognition and Correlation of the Eagle Ford, Austin Formations in South Texas can be enhanced with High Resolution Biostratigraphy, fossil abundance peaks and Maximum Flooding Surfaces correlated to Upper Cretaceous sequence stratigraphic cycle chart after Gradstein, 2010.

01 January, 2013 01 January, 9999 1459
1 January 2013 - 1 January 9999

There are more approximately 1,000 oil and gas fields in the world that have been classified as "giant," containing more than 500 million barrels of recoverable oil and /or 3 trillion cubic feet of gas.

25 August, 2011 25 August, 2011 1475
25 August 2011

This e-symposium provides highlights of the hydraulic fracturing mechanics, analysis, and design, and is derived from a two and one-half (2-1/2) day course which is designed for drilling, completion, production engineers, engineering technicians, geologists, well-site and completion supervisors, and managers, who desire to possess a comprehensive and integral knowledge of Hydraulic Fracturing.

28 April, 2011 28 April, 2011 1471
28 April 2011

The Niobrara Petroleum System of the U.S. Rocky Mountain Region is a major tight petroleum resource play.

17 March, 2011 17 March, 2011 1470
17 March 2011

This e-symposium will provide information on which tools, processes, and procedures all geoscientists, engineers, and technical professionals working in shale plays need to understand and implement.

17 February, 2011 17 February, 2011 1469
17 February 2011

This presentation is designed for exploration/production geologists and geological managers or reservoir engineers.

09 December, 2010 09 December, 2010 1466
9 December 2010

The Mississippian-Devonian Bakken Petroleum System of the Williston Basin is characterized by low-porosity and permeability reservoirs, organic-rich source rocks, and regional hydrocarbon charge.

11 November, 2010 11 November, 2010 1465
11 November 2010

This e-symposium is ideal for geologists, geophysicists, engineers and other geoscientists who are involved in gas shale exploration and production.

19 August, 2010 19 August, 2010 1462
19 August 2010

This presentation will show where there are cases of missing sections, but none of them can be attributed to normal faulting.

29 April, 2010 29 April, 2010 1457
29 April 2010

This presentation will focus on the seismic stratigraphic and seismic geomorphologic expression of deep-water deposits, including both reservoir and non-reservoir facies.

22 October, 2009 22 October, 2009 1452
22 October 2009

This course can help you gain the ability to describe the complex and highly variable reservoirs, which are typified by complex internal heterogeneity.

01 November, 2013 01 November, 9999 452
1 November 2013 - 1 November 9999

This online course provides an overview of the petroleum industry from what is natural gas and crude oil to how to explore, drill, and produce oil and gas.

14 February, 3000 14 February, 3000 7817
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