Explorer President’s Column

Providing energy to the world is a heroic journey. In my preface to the 2017 DPA publication “Heritage of the Petroleum Geoscientist,” I wrote that the philosopher Joseph Campbell described that the world has a few stories, and many storytellers. The “Hero’s Journey” starts with a call to adventure, overcoming trials (think of the Greek character Odysseus), and returning to tell the story.

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Explorer Foundation Update

The AAPG Foundation is in its fourth year as a partner of Geoscientists Without Borders, an outreach program that provides humanitarian applications of geoscience around the world.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

After decades of being out of sight, out of mind, Panama is seeing its first modern-day collection of seismic data.

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Explorer Historical Highlights

The presence of petroleum in Peru has been known for several centuries from the numerous oil seeps and outcrops of heavy black asphalt located in the Talara coastal region. Ages before the Spanish presence, the natives prepared the pitch for mummifying their dead, for waterproofing boats and as fuel for light. The earliest Spanish explorers used the pitch from these seeps to caulk their boats and tar their ropes. Finally, in 1869, the La Brea-Pariñas oilfield was discovered by cable-tool drilling, making it one of the first oil production fields in the world.

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Delegates Voice Article

ACE 2018 will mark a change in Delegate seating. The House leadership wants to ensure every society/Region has full representation, and we want to follow our bylaws.

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We know they're out there ... tell us who they are. Help us identify those who are making a difference with their excellence in achievements and contributions to our science, our profession and our Association. Two months remain to submit a nomination recognizing those who continue to make AAPG a valuable asset to the industry and the world of geosciences.

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Explorer Historical Highlights

The Plate tectonic paradigm – “the unifying theory of geology” – has just turned 50. In 2017, the Geological Society of London’s William Smith Meeting celebrated this historical occasion, perhaps with a touch of self-congratulation, but with little discussion of alternative ideas.

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Learn! Blog

Middle America is the location of important new discoveries, is in many ways, still unknown. Middle America refers to the vast region that includes the area between southern North America and northern South America, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and offshore South America.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Cindy Yeilding of BP America discusses the production history and geology of one of the world’s most prolific hydrocarbon super basins.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

The resurgence of the Permian Basin in the United States led directly to the concept of the “super basin”: a mature basin that can be rejuvenated to produce as much or more oil and gas than it has so far. Another archetype for super basins lies 1,000 miles southeast of the Permian, in the onshore/offshore Sureste Basin of Mexico.

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