Explorer Article

Student awards for technical papers and posters presented at both last year’s AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Perth, Australia, and this year’s Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif., have been announced by the Convention Organizing and Student Chapters committees.

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Explorer Article

Groups both pro and con battle passionately over offshore drilling in many regions of the United States -- and they battle so intensely that perhaps everyone is overlooking an obvious solution.

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Explorer Division Column DEG

Spring has been a busy time for DEG with the AAPG Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif., and the Southwest Section meeting in Wichita Falls, Texas.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Over the past few years there’s been copious buzz about new gee-whiz gizmos in the geophysical industry -- recording systems advances, new imaging techniques, etc.

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Explorer Article

The good times continue to roll in the oil and gas industry -- tempered with a soupcon of caution on the part of a number of the participants.

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Explorer President’s Column

The convention in Long Beach was a huge success by any measure.

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Explorer Article

In the first Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) student competition that was held at the AAPG Convention in Long Beach, the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) won first place, which netted the team $20,000 in scholarship funds, a trophy and individual medals.

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Explorer Article

Lee C. Gerhard listed major challenges facing geologists – and society – at the Division of Environmental Geosciences luncheon.

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Explorer Article

China and India, in their efforts to secure U.S. supplies of energy and minerals for their people, are cornering those markets in a way that could jeopardize domestic supplies.

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Explorer Article

The world’s energy outlook may not be as bad as some people predict -- but a team effort may be needed to keep it that way.

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VG Abstract

Hydraulic fracturing has been around for decades. This talk describes some of the first applications of the technology, how it developed over time, and our current understanding of its impacts with some discussion of both water and earthquake hazards.

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VG Abstract

Analysis of microseismicity induced by hydraulic fracture stimulation in the Marcellus Shale shows changes in stress state for different zones of failure. During the treatment, shear failure occurs on both the J1 and J2 fracture orientations in response to different maximum stress orientations, indicating localized changes in the orientation during the treatment. Reactivation of a fault near the wellbore is associated with failure mechanisms with a higher volumetric component, indicating possible inflation of faults and fractures by the introduction of the slurry. Quantification of the stress conditions that are associated with inflation could potentially be used to optimize the stimulation by identifying which fractures will preferentially take on slurry volume.

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VG Abstract

This lecture will discuss the differences between carbonates and siliciclastics from their chemical composition through their distributions in time and space. Building on these fundamental differences, we will explore the challenges carbonates pose to petroleum geologists in terms of seismic interpretation, reservoir quality prediction, field development, etc. Peppered with humorous personal stories, still raging academic debates, and the heartfelt frustrations of real industry professionals, the aim is to inspire students and young professionals to rise to the occasion and embrace the reservoir rocks that petroleum geologists love to hate.

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VG Abstract

Microseismicity induced by hydraulic fracture stimulation of a horizontal well was mapped with a near-surface buried array. Distinct linear trends of events were not parallel to the direction of fast shear wave polarization measured in the reservoir with a crossed-dipole anisotropy tool. Analysis of core from a nearby well revealed numerous calcite-filled fractures that did not induce shear wave polarization, but did significantly impact the failure behavior of the reservoir rock during the stimulation treatment. Hydraulic fracture simulation with DFN modeling and source mechanism analysis supports the interpretation of reactivated existing fractures rather than the formation of hydraulically-induced tensile fractures.

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