Bulletin Article

 

Facies variations of source rock were determined from molecular and compound specific isotopic composition of the n-alkanes in oil from the Central Sumatra Basin. This study shows the variability of depositional environments that could generate potential source rock intervals.

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Explorer Article

 
Since the dramatic expansion of AAPG/ AAPG Foundation’s Visiting Geoscientist program in the fall of 2014, thousands of students around the globe have benefited from it.
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In order to foster both excitement and pride in the work being done in geology departments on university and college campuses, the annual student chapter video contest has become a way for these student organizations to highlight their commitment to geology.
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Dry hole. Two of the worst words in offshore exploration. When per-well costs offshore can reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars, no one wants to drill a duster. So are dry holes nothing but failures? “Not if they provide information that sets up the next discovery,” said AAPG member John Snedden.

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While many are working to forecast when the price of oil might reach $80 a barrel again, renowned international strategist and geopolitical analyst Peter Zeihan, the author of “The Accidental Superpower,” predicts in stunning detail the rising and declining energy plays of 2025 and the countries that will ultimately triumph as the world’s leading producers.
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Selected highlights from international exploration activity in 2015.
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Some highlights from international activity in 2014.

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Explorer Historical Highlight

 

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.

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The idea of nationalizing Venezuela’s oil industry had been in the wind for a few years leading up to 1976, and conditions in the global oil market lent considerable momentum to the popularity of the proposal. Weighed in the balance of 40 years of hindsight, though, nationalization has proven to be nothing short of tragic for the nation’s oil and gas sector.
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Despite the slashed travel and professional development budgets owing to the ongoing downturn, and the distance from global E&P and industry research hubs, New Zealand’s first Geosciences Technology Workshop drew vibrant attendance from a wide range of countries.
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