Explorer President’s Column

We have seen many changes in the oil and gas industry since AAPG’s founding more than 100 years ago. AAPG has also changed along with the industry in response to these changes. Our industry’s focus on various plays and areas constantly varies, while shifting product prices and sweeping changes in public opinion and governmental policy have a major impact upon companies of all sizes, as well as the geoscientists working for them.

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Explorer President’s Column

We are at the point that we either evolve or fade away. I’m reminded of a quote: “We stand now where two roads diverge. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road – the one less traveled by – offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”

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Explorer Article

The need for helium is growing and supplies in the United States are dwindling, creating an economic opportunity for geoscientists whose knowledge and skills are ideal for this niche industry. In Arizona, known for its helium-rich formations, a growing number of companies are leasing land and drilling for the gas.

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Explorer Director’s Corner

I attended Pete Rose’s memorial service in Austin, Texas. There, along with his family, friends and several AAPG past presidents and other leaders, we remembered a man who had a significant influence on many and left a legacy to our industry. As we filed to our seats in the sanctuary, we each received a small pamphlet of Rose’s Rules – maxims that Pete compiled and that were meaningful to him – and No. 78 stood out to me.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Energy super basins grabbed the attention of the oil and gas industry during the past five years, with good reason. Now a period of re-evaluation has kicked in. Producers are looking beyond total resource potential to apply other criteria, including economic, environmental and regulatory considerations. Those yardsticks could help identify which basins will dominate energy production in the decades ahead.

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Explorer Article

The successful Mars InSight mission employed a NASA/European Space Agency robotic lander designed to study the interior of Mars. The mission recently ended with last contact as its dust-choked solar panels failed to deliver enough electricity to keep InSight going. InSight had two science goals: Seek to determine the interior structure and composition of Mars and to reveal how a rocky planet forms, and to study the rate of Martian tectonic activity and meteorite impacts.

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In June of 2020, I set out to hike just the first 470 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Less than two weeks into my adventure, I thought to myself, “What the heck, why not do the whole thing?” It was then that I decided to hike the entirety of the nearly 2,200 miles that summer. I later decided that I would also write a book about it. “Rocks, Roots and Rattlesnakes” is that story of my daily adventures, as written from a geologist’s perspective.

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Explorer Article

Search & Discovery, the popular open access, online journal owned and operated by Datapages, Inc. is once again accepting new submissions. We’re once again posting abstracts submitted to us by the AAPG sections and regions from their meetings. And if you’ve recently presented at one of those meetings or at IMAGE’22 and want to ensure that your work is available to a broader audience, we invite you to submit your presentation slides or poster to Search & Discovery. Our team will work with you to get it formatted and posted online.

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Explorer Readers Forum

Back when I kept a summer home in Denver, I had two neighbors who bought mountain bikes. Two years later, I bought one of the bikes for 10 cents on the dollar. It was in pristine condition. I asked my neighbor why he was selling. He said, “It never did anything for me.” I asked him how often he rode it. He replied, “Ride it? You mean I have to put energy into this thing?” The AAPG is the same as a mountain bike. They are both wonderful vehicles that can take you to exciting places. But you must put energy into them.

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Explorer Foundation Update

Sometimes, challenging times call for dramatic objectives – and for a geoscience world still being redefined after years of upheaval, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered. This year’s new slate of AAPG Distinguished Lecturers has been determined, and in doing so, AAPG announces its own version of the Magnificent Seven: a diverse group of experts with international experience, specific knowledge and a hint of geoscience star power who have been selected to inform, improve and inspire geoscientists around the world.

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Explorer Historical Highlights

On Aug. 3, 1966, Continental Oil Company’s Fateh-1 wildcat came in at a rate of approximately 100,000 barrels of oil per day, but with little fanfare in the oil world. Located offshore 55 miles north of the port of Dubai, the discovery was the result of a chain of events that were initiated in the early 1950s by two driven executives with different backgrounds but a shared vision of the future.

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Explorer Article

Production and prospects continue to pour out of the greater Permian Basin-area of West Texas. One growing play echoes the very beginning of the U.S. shale revolution. More than 20 years ago, development of the Barnett Shale in the Fort Worth Basin introduced the world to the practice of combining hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling. That became a history-making shale gas play. Today, operators are targeting the Barnett more than 300 miles to the west, in the Midland Basin, where the formation is deeper and oilier.

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Events Blog

Hosted by SPE, AAPG and SEG, CCUS 2024 will be held in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas in March. CCUS is the leader in carbon capture, utilization and storage events and will be held 11-13 March, 2024.

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Explorer Article

Fueled by economic growth and its geological similarities to the Orange Basin in Namibia, Uruguay has attracted ample growth and attention in the energy sector. Its policies have also helped it become a sustainability leader over the past decade. 

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