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A Natural Gas Revolution in Colombia  
By Miguel Ramirez / December 2016

Natural gas not only improves air quality by reducing smog, but also helps mitigate the impact of climate change by significantly reducing emissions. It has tangible positive effects on people’s lives around the world.

Tectonic Shocks in the Oil Industry  
By Mark Mau, Henry Edmundson / November 2016

The story of how the concept of plate tectonics was born, struggled, won its fight for existence and eventually arrived in the oil industry is multi-faceted, insightful and entertaining.

The Cuban Oil Boom and the Discovery of Jatibonico Oil Field  
By John D. Silvernail / October 2016

Following the end of the Second World War, there was a great hope that the same oil prospectivity found in Venezuela might also exist in Cuba.

Unifying Threads of Southeast Mexico's Discovery Processes  
By Javier Meneses-Rocha / September 2016

The discovery processes of four provinces in southeast Mexico were forged through different political, economic and legal frameworks, imprinted indelibly by the history of Mexico.

Discovery of the Giant Monte Alpi Field  
By Iain Paterson, Chris Brown / August 2016

A relatively unknown and highly productive oil province in Europe was discovered by a British national oil company, all because they were told to stay close to home.

The Search for Oil Offshore Abu Dhabi  
By Michael Morton / July 2016

In 1953, a subsidiary of British Petroleum obtained an oil concession of 31,000 square kilometers off the coast of Abu Dhabi. It would later become an important discovery, revealing the potential of Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs in the region.

Floods and Foibles in Calgary, Alberta  
By Jerry Osborn / June 2016

Calgary, site of the 2016 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, has been regarded to be generally free of natural hazards … until the summer of 2013, that is.

Oxy Libya: Giant Strides For a Small Company  
By Richard H. Vaughan / May 2016

When Occidental Petroleum Corporation was reorganized in 1959, its total oil production was some 100 barrels per day. By the time Moammar Gaddaffi nationalized the industry in 1969, Oxy Libya, the wholly owned subsidiary, was producing 800,000 barrels per day. Such an amount made Oxy Libya the eighth largest producer in the world.

The Rise of the Swiss Mafia  
By Monika Gisler, Daniel M. Truempy / April 2016

When one of us joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1980, seven out of 27 young professionals in the basic training course were Swiss – a remarkable number of students from a tiny country that does not produce oil or gas. The term “Swiss mafia” was coined by our Dutch colleagues, and it wasn’t meant in a complimentary sense.

The History of Central Mississippi’s Naturally Occurring CO2 Fields  
By Keith Bowman / March 2016

The largest naturally occurring CO2 accumulation east of the Mississippi River is currently under exploitation northeast of Jackson, Miss.

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Historical Highlights

Historical Highlights - Hans Krause

Hans Krause is an AAPG Honorary Member, Distinguished Service Award winner and former chair of the AAPG History of Petroleum Geology Committee.

Historical Highlights

A history-based series, Historical Highlights is an ongoing EXPLORER series that celebrates the "eureka" moments of petroleum geology, the rise of key concepts, the discoveries that made a difference, the perseverance and ingenuity of our colleagues – and/or their luck! – through stories that emphasize the anecdotes, the good yarns and the human interest side of our E&P profession. If you have such a story – and who doesn't? – and you'd like to share it with your fellow AAPG Members, contact the editor.

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