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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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The semi-finals are completed. Twelve teams from around the world have their eyes set on Denver to participate in the finals of the 2015 AAPG/AAPG Foundation Imperial Barrel Award competition.
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Basins around the world hold identified potential for unconventional resource development and a combination of exploration, assessment and evaluation seems certain to uncover other favorable plays.

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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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Warren G. Harding’s presidential administration was arguably the most corrupt in American history, and the oil industry was right in the middle of the scandal. The 1920s affair surrounding Teapot Dome Oil Field was the most infamous presidential scandal to happen in the 100-year period between the Grant administration in the 1870s and the Nixon administration.

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Geological investigations in the Weald area of southeast England have occurred for the past two centuries, but recently there has been a flurry of speculation, particularly in the popular press, over the possibility of the Weald basin becoming a major hydrocarbon province with billions of barrels of oil in place.
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The historical city of Edinburgh, Scotland, was the site of a networking day where representatives of the YP groupings within AAPG and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) developed critical skill sets by volunteering to become mentors to the first cohort of doctoral students from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)’s Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).
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Fieldwork forms a large part of many geologists’ undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Its prominence generally decreases, however, when students make the transition from academia to industry and become a Young Professional.

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It has been an interesting and eventful year in Europe for AAPG. With all the less-than-good news around, we felt it was important to maintain a program of events and activities throughout the year. Although we are constrained by the events in the industry we have still tried to match the wishes of the members.
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