Explorer Director’s Corner

 
Unconventional resources have changed the exploration and production business and are changing our profession. It’s a change for the better, where today geoscientists and engineers work closely to identify prospective areas, drill them and optimize recovery of hydrocarbons from the reservoir.
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In my 15 years as an AAPG member, I’ve actively been involved in planning and serving in various roles during AAPG’s Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE), particularly when I lived in Houston.

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Explorer Emphasis

 
After the city of Denton, Texas, in the Barnett Shale voted to ban hydraulic fracturing last November, the Texas legislature shifted into high gear to ensure no other Texas town would follow Denton’s renegade move.
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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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This year, URTeC has added an enhanced preview of “Coming Attractions.” In addition to looking at established plays, URTeC will provide significant information about emerging unconventional resource possibilities in North America and around the world.
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Terry Engelder is a professor at Penn State and expert on the Devonian black shales – all of which has brought a bit of celebrity expertise to the campus and the Marcellus Shale.

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High resolution aeromagnetic surveys are being used with great success in Marcellus shale exploration.

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Explorer Foundation Update

 

It has a new name, a new energy and a new lineup of experts, all primed to spread geoscience knowledge around the world. “It” is AAPG’s newly named Global Distinguished Lecture Program – emphasis on the “global” – which dates back to 1941 but continues to be the Association’s flagship initiative for offering the latest in geologic science to AAPG affiliated geological societies and universities.

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Explorer Historical Highlight

 
In the numerous histories written of the development of natural gas and oil in the United States, one name rarely encountered is that of Preston Barmore. This oversight likely is more a reflection of the sadly short life of this unassuming young man rather than any lack of contribution on his part to the burgeoning hydrocarbon industry of the late 19th century.
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VG Abstract

 

Accurate interpretation of geophysical data, in particular reflection seismic data, is one of the most important elements of a successful oil and gas exploration program. Despite technological advances in data acquisition and processing and regular use of powerful computers and sophisticated software applications, you still face a tremendous challenge each time you begin to reconstruct the geologic story contained in a grid or volume of seismic data -- that is, to interpret the data. On occasion this interpretive tale can be clearly told, but most of the time each page of each chapter is slowly turned, and rarely is the full meaning of the story completely understood. Interpretation of Reflection Seismic Data from the Gulf of Mexico illustrates these concepts using real seismic data and actual exploration problems.

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