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A research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, Amberlee Darold has been studying the increase in seismicity that has attracted the attention of scientists around the globe. She will present the results of a recent study at the upcoming Mid-Continent Section meeting.
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AAPG members Mark Zoback and F. Rall Walsh separate myth from fact regarding induced seismicity.
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Explorer Emphasis

An acquisition of some unfamiliar geology in the Woodforth SCOOP shale play meant one exploration had to get creative in their use of geosteering.
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The discovery and imaging of a mammoth magma reservoir beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano is a capstone to decades of research. Scientists have long known of a smaller magma chamber, but the new chamber – 4.4 times larger – helps answer the questions about the volcanic system.
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Traditionally ignored, the azimuthal dimension enables more information to be squeezed out of 3-D seismic.

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Explorer Foundation Update

This year’s AAPG Foundation Professor of the Year, AAPG member Joseph Satterfield of Angelo State University, had a unique problem when he first arrived at the school. There wasn’t a geology department – well, not much of one, anyway.
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Explorer Geophysical Corner

The key elements for shale resource evaluation are the mineral content – such as clay, quartz and calcite – the total organic carbon (TOC) content, the brittleness and some mechanical properties of the shale rocks. Geomechanical studies are necessary both for understanding wellbore environment stability and also interpreting well log data, by estimating the mechanical properties of the subsurface.
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Explorer Policy Watch

A burst of new emissions regulations that affect the oil and natural gas industry has cheered the environmental community while distressing the industry and opponents of government regulation.
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Learn! Blog

The AAPG course on “Rock/Fluid Interactions and Natural Fracture Development and Alteration” provides a practical approach to defining reservoir fluid and pressure related natural fracture generation and fracture property alteration in conventional and unconventional reservoirs. This course is part of AAPG’s upcoming Fundamentals Education Conference, taking place November 9-13, in Houston, TX.
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The AAPG course on "RQ Toolkit – Using Rock Data for Reservoir Quality Assessment" is designed to provide a general background in optimized reservoir quality assessment using rock data (core, SWC, cuttings, outcrops). This course is part of AAPG's upcoming Fundamentals Education Conference, taking place November 9-13, in Houston, TX. 

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Education Conference Course

Houston Texas United States 12 November, 2015 12 November, 2015 17736
Houston, Texas, United States
12 November 2015

Through applied mineralogy, the student will learn what questions are relevant when formulating a work flow for a project, when evaluating real data, or when trying to figure out what might have “gone wrong” during a project.

Houston Texas United States 09 November, 2015 10 November, 2015 17725
Houston, Texas, United States
9-10 November 2015

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

Short Course

Houston Texas United States 01 December, 2015 04 December, 2015 13554
Houston, Texas, United States
1-4 December 2015
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.
Tulsa Oklahoma United States 06 October, 2015 08 October, 2015 13608
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
6-8 October 2015

Here is an introduction to the tools and techniques that geologists and geophysicists use to locate gas and oil, that drillers use to drill the wells and that petroleum engineers use to test and complete the wells and produce the gas and oil. Exercises throughout the course provide practical experience in well log correlation, contouring, interpretation of surface and subsurface, contoured maps, seismic interpretation, well log interpretation, and decline curve analysis.


Austin Texas United States 03 November, 2015 03 November, 2015 20696
Austin, Texas, United States
3 November 2015
Where and how can drilling and producing unconventionals be economically viable? The latest techniques, technologies and lessons learned will be reviewed, with a focus on shale play optimization.
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