Explorer President’s Column

What a difference a month makes. I discussed black swan events in last month’s President’s Column. Let me tell you, the AAPG and the oil industry just got hit with three black swan events all at once: the coronavirus, the stock market’s major drop and the oil price plunge. While the drop in the stock market and the drop in demand for oil have a direct tie to the coronavirus, the unwinding of OPEC+ has added to the oil price drop. Understandably, the events of this past month have caused an increased amount of anxiety for many people.

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Explorer Historical Highlights

It all started in 2002, when Unocal revealed that its Trident-1 well had found 400 meters of 70-percent net Lower Wilcox Formation sand in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, about 400 kilometers beyond the contemporaneous shelf break offshore south Texas. Art Berman and I gazed at a GOM activity map and pondered how that amount of sand could have been deposited so far out into the basin. Our working hypothesis was that this sand deposit was due to a drop in base level, but we also knew that the worldwide sea level was not in decline at that time. A log of the nearby Shell Great White well shows that this sand deposition began suddenly and ended suddenly. This was also puzzling, since we were trained to expect gradational coarsening-upward bedding during regression and fining-upward during transgression, rather than the sharp contacts we were seeing. Sudden avulsion of a major river in a deltaic environment could produce something like this, but how could it happen far beyond the shelf edge?

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Events Blog

Join the U-Pitch Technology Showcase at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE), where you can pitch to prospective customers, commercialization partners, and even potential sources of capital. You’ll have a 15-minute block for your brief presentation and questions and answers. Your presentation will also be available on our website, and we’ll continue to introduce you to possible partners and customers. 

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Events Blog

Register now for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) 2020 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE), 7–10 June 2020, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in Houston, Texas. 

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Events Blog

Sponsorships are now available for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists' 2020 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) to be held 7–10 June, in Houston, Texas.

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Explorer Division Column DEG

Coexistence of proven affordable energy, more responsible consumption and development of economically viable alternate sources by large consuming societies will be what allow us to narrow the gap between the ideals so often stated on social media platforms and the reality of keeping humanity on a path of long-term prosperity.

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Explorer President’s Column

This Executive Committee and the past five EC have been working hard on your behalf. AAPG had a couple black swan events in 2014 and 2015. The Executive Committees during these few years have been working very hard to cut costs and bring the budget into balance in this new commodity price environment. The bottom line to all this is that in five years we have righted the ship, bailed the water, and are sailing once again.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

The bandwidth of a signal is a measure of the breadth of its spectrum, often expressed as the distance measured in Hertz between the half-power points of a smooth spectrum. Bandwidth is the best measure of resolution. Although first introduced to the seismic community in the 1970s, only a limited number of published papers show the value of this attribute. In this column, we show the value of bandwidth when applied to data from the Utica area of Eastern Ohio, United States and from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

It is one of the most remote places on the planet and home to the largest sand desert in the world. Virtually uninhabited and underexplored, the Rub’ al Khali basin, known as “the Empty Quarter” in Arabic, covers more than a fourth of the southeastern part of the Saudi Arabian peninsula. While the area has been explored in the past, perhaps most notably by Max Steineke, the American geologist known for making the first oil discovery in Saudi Arabia in 1938, and then publicly again in the early 2000s by international oil companies, the basin appears to be of increasing interest once more.

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Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tuesday, 21 February Wednesday, 22 February 2023, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop will be held Feb 21-22 in Oklahoma City, and will bring together industry practitioners, government and state agencies, nonprofit and academic institutions in a first of its kind event that will spark new ideas, motivate interdisciplinary and multi institutional collaboration and support the establishment of best practices for cleaning up and repurposing wells across the nation.

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Michael F. Erpenbeck Michael F. Erpenbeck President (2022-2023) Upstream Advisors Group (832) 418-0221
Mark William Shuster Mark William Shuster Past President (2022-2023) Bureau of Economic Geology 512-471-7090
David Lee Clay David Lee Clay President Elect (2022-2023) CRA Advisors (713) 417-4937
Sara Elliott Sara Elliott Vice President (2022-2023) Bureau of Economic Geology
Bryan Guzman Bryan Guzman Treasurer (2019-2023) Premier Corex (832) 503-4645

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