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The Indian state of West Bengal, located in eastern India and stretching from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, is a cultural hub where art and literacy flourished. This landscape is dominated by winding rivers and luscious fields of spices, rice and other crops. The Bengal Basin region, however, is confronted with some of the highest levels of naturally occurring arsenic (As) in drinking water, which poses a major health-related environmental threat to the 70-100 million people living in the area.

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A review of major oil and gas discoveries of 2013 shows a down year in terms of quantity—but that’s not the whole story.

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The fast-approaching AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Milan will showcase – in association with EMD – a comprehensive unconventional resources program with global scope, ranging in scale from the nanopore to the petroleum system, exploring the latest in applied geoscience and engineering.

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Over the past year or so we have observed strong evidence that nuclear power is into a new expansion period.

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While exploration has slowed in many parts of the world in response to the industry’s lagging downturn, India is moving full steam ahead to encourage exploration and production on a domestic and international scale.

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Innumerable geoscientists worldwide are familiar with the AAPG Giant Oil Fields publications. These AAPG members are spearheading the effort to compile “Giant Oil and Gas Fields of the Decade 2000-2010” featuring papers covering fields in areas around the globe.

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Some highlights from international activity in 2014.

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Construction continues for the new GE Global Research’s Oil & Gas Technology Center in Oklahoma City – part of the company’s three-year effort to triple R&D investment in the oil and gas industry. The $125 million facility “will be an incubator for new innovative technologies that will enable safe, efficient and reliable exploration, production, delivery and use of unconventional oil and gas.”

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At first glance the structural contour map and the cross section shown here look as if they had been published in the late 1920s by AAPG in the “Structure of Typical American Oil Fields” memoir.

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Explorer Making a Difference

AAPG’s Publication Pipeline Committee recently had a small celebration to mark a very big accomplishment: Just a few weeks ago, the group officially topped the 100-ton mark of books, periodicals and other information that have been shipped around the world.
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8 January 2016

Themes for extended abstracts 1. Indian Shales - current research and exploration opportunities 2. North American Shales- lessons learned toward Indian Shale analogs 3. Shifting paradigm in research- new techniques for understanding shales play resources Distinguished speakers 1. Professor Jonathan Craig, Senior Vice President, Eni; Honorary Professor, University of Durham, University College London and IERT, University of Jammu, India 2. Professor Milind Deo, Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah; and Affiliate Scientist, Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI), Salt Lake City, USA 3. Dr. Rabi Bastia, VP Exploration, Lime Petroleum; Adjunct Professor, Indian School of Mines, India 4. Dr. Ravi Misra, ONGC, Dehradun, India 5. Dr. A. M. Dayal, Emeritus Scientist, NGRI, Hyderabad, India 6. Dr. R. N. Pandey, GM (Geoscience)/ R&D, GSPC, India 7. Dr. Anirbid Sircar, PDPU, Gandhinagar, India Conference

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