Explorer Article

Energy developer Nacero Inc. recently announced plans to build the world’s first natural gas-to-gasoline plant that will operate entirely on renewable energy. The approximately $7 billion plant, which will be located just outside of Odessa, Texas, will use the abundant natural gas resources in the Permian Basin and ultimately produce 115,000 barrels of gasoline a day for markets in Texas and the Southwest. It will be the nation’s first natural gas-to-gasoline manufacturing facility, according to Nacero, with two others planned by the company in Arizona and Pennsylvania.

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Explorer Foundation Update

It’s a familiar but still inspiring story: Young students have their lives changed – their entire understanding of the Earth and geologic processes – because of a single person. Their teacher. It happens in classrooms that overlook commanding mountain vistas. It happens in urban jungles and near suburban malls, in isolated towns and concrete expanses. Geoscience teachers get the opportunity to share their knowledge and passion with students, and in that experience the world changes – often for both the teacher and the student, always for the better. “I am a teacher because I love what I do, and I can think of no greater good than cultivating the minds, souls and character of the young people who will lead our world one day,” said Rebekah Kienenberger, an Earth and space science teacher at Arete Preparatory Academy in Gilbert, Ariz., and the 2020 AAPG Teacher of the Year.

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Explorer Article

Helium rose back into the news recently, in part because of drilling exploration programs planned for an area along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border in southern Canada. North American Helium Inc. of Calgary announced it had arranged additional equity financing of about $29 million to purchase and construct its second helium purification plant at the Battle Creek field in southwest Saskatchewan and to fund an active drilling program. A number of other companies are reportedly involved in North American helium exploration projects, including Desert Mountain Energy Corp. and Royal Helium Ltd. of Vancouver, Weil Group Resources LLC in Richmond, Va., and Australian explorer Blue Star Energy.

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Explorer Foundation Update

Rebekah Kienenberger, an Earth and space science teacher at Arete Preparatory Academy in Gilbert, Ariz., has been named the 2020 Teacher of the Year by the Tulsa-based AAPG Foundation.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Necessity may be the mother of invention. But sometimes it’s just all the mosquitos. Leila Donn, a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin studying environmental geoscience, wasn’t necessarily looking for a computer model to help her find the location of ancient Mayan caves last year. Mostly, she just was hot and tired and the work was going slowly.

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Explorer Article

At long last, the AAPG EXPLORER Cover Photo Contest has concluded and a winner has been chosen.

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Explorer Historical Highlights

Little more than a novelty when first discovered, helium has become a key commodity. It is used extensively in medical cryogenics, analytical and lab applications, breathing mixtures, as a lift gas, for arc welding, leak detection and, contrary to popular belief, only a little is used to inflate party balloons. There are few substitutes for helium and so, as its applications have become more common, demand has grown and supply is struggling to match demand.

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Explorer Article

November’s midterm elections in the United States brought a split decision and gave the country a divided Congress. The potential effect of the vote on the oil and gas industry and U.S. energy policy is also a toss-up, according to some analysts.

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Explorer Article

Wayne Ranney, this year’s AAPG Geosciences in Media Award winner, sees his profession as filled with magic and metaphor.

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Learn! Blog

Being innovative is a survival strategy that serves geoscientists well. Welcome to an interview with Scott Hector, who became passionate about geology at a young age, and whose flexibility in the ups and downs of the industry will inspire geoscientists.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 23 September Friday, 24 September 2021, 7:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Being able to interpret environments of deposition using open-hole logs is a skill most geologists and engineers desire. The purpose of this course is to use a systematic approach that uses the process of elimination to diagnose common fluvial, shallow marine and deepwater depositional environments in well log suites such as Gamma Ray, Resistivity and Porosity and in Borehole Image and Dipmeter Logs.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Implementing carbon capture, usage, and storage (CCUS) projects at large scales is becoming a growing subject of interest for the geophysics community. This workshop will present what is already achievable but also the unknown and specificities that the geophysical community will face in the future. Technical presentations will serve as an opening for discussion between the audience and the invited speakers.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Gravity and Magnetics Committee jointly with the Near Surface Technical Section and the Mining Committee call for papers for a workshop scheduled for two half-days and focusing on magnetic methods in memory of a potential-field pioneer, Afif Saad. Workshop organizers welcome contributions from academia, industry, and government organizations that emphasize various applications of the magnetic method to a wide range of scientific and applied problems. Students and early- and mid-career participants who are willing to explore new career directions are particularly encouraged to participate.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cities around the world, and especially in densely populated regions like Asia, have the potential to be the most efficient form of human society. Maintaining sustainability in megacities is crucial to seeking a global sustainable solution for the limited space, water, and energy resources. Geophysics has the potential to provide essential knowledge for urban planning, urban activity monitoring, and urban circular economy. To fully release such potential, innovations are needed to integrate new and conventional sensors, as well as nondedicated sensors and open social information. Furthermore, both physics-based and data-driven methods are essential to delineating different sources for urban activity monitoring and urban space characterization. Bridging the gap between geophysics, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, digital informatics, and social economics provides the framework to guide project owners and local authorities to develop specific strategies for the sustainable development and management of urban environments.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Geophysical challenges in presalt plays are significant from acquiring the right data, imaging, to property estimation of the subsurface in presalt environment. The focus of this workshop is to discuss latest geophysical ideas, and industry practices from locating, imaging to characterizing the reservoir.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

As demands for metals increase globally, many national governments have initiated programs toward critical mineral mapping that leverage legacy potential-field data combined with newly acquired data at national to global scales. Potential-field data provide an essential framework for integrated analysis as the gravity and magnetic data are available over reconnaissance to tectonic scales and, importantly, are most often publicly available. In this session, we invite the community of geophysical service companies, government agencies, industry, and academia, particularly students, to this distinct and engaging session in order to share experience and engender new collaborations.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

DAS, DTS, and DSS are the three distributed fiber-optic sensing (DFOS) technologies that have drawn much attention in recent years. This workshop focuses on sharing the recent development of the hardware, software, and interpretation methods of DFOS applications in all fields of applied geophysics.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to 3D computer geologic earth models and will include a discussion of how to make geophysical earth modelling more interoperable with geologic earth modelling, thus facilitating closer interaction between geologists and geophysicists.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Implementing carbon capture, usage, and storage (CCUS) projects at large scales is becoming a growing subject of interest for the geophysics community. This workshop will present what is already achievable but also the unknown and specificities that the geophysical community will face in the future.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Gravity and Magnetics Committee jointly with the Near Surface Technical Section and the Mining Committee call for papers for a workshop scheduled for two half-days and focusing on magnetic method in memory of a potential-field pioneer, Afif Saad. Workshop organizers welcome contributions from academia, industry, and government organizations that emphasize various applications of the magnetic method to a wide range of scientific and applied problems. Students and the early- and mid-career participants who are willing to explore new career directions are particularly encouraged to participate. Agenda 3D Euler applied to Magnetics and Gravity data for exploration - some real data examples: Antony Price TBA: Dom Fournier and John McGaughey Magnetic data through the lens of remanent magnetization: Yaoguo Li Large scale rock property and depth models for exploration targeting beneath cover: David Pratt Inferring Dyke Geometry from Magnetic Survey: Des Fitzgerald Group Discussion

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

There is a significant amount of applications of machine-learning algorithms published in the area of applied geophysics in the past few years. In this workshop, we will discuss machine-learning applications for applied-geophysics problems with an emphasis on the value of machine learning over conventional approaches and workflows.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Applied geophysics has a major role to play in the development of environmental impact assessment and monitoring of renewable energy sources such as geothermal, hydro, nuclear, wind, wave, tidal, and solar. Many future opportunities will require a refocusing of our most powerful 3-D imaging and inversion methods from the deeper earth toward the near surface.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

As demands for metals increase globally, many national governments have initiated programs toward critical mineral mapping that leverage legacy potential-field data combined with newly acquired data at national to global scales. Join us to hear from geophysical service companies, government agencies, industry, and academia on how synthesis of multiple geophysical data sets to image the concealed parts of the geology is crucial to filling the gaps in our knowledge in understanding both commercial and noncommercial geology.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

DAS, DTS, and DSS are the three distributed fiber-optic sensing (DFOS) technologies that have drawn much attention in recent years. Sensing fibers can be deployed in places that are otherwise inaccessible due to small size, high endurance to harsh environments, long sensing range as well as limited cost. This workshop focuses on sharing the recent development of the hardware, software, and interpretation methods of DFOS applications in all fields of applied geophysics.

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop will focus on applications of anisotropic models and methods to seismic fracture characterization and microseismic monitoring of hydraulic fracturing.

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Field Seminar
Fort Collins, Colorado
Saturday, 25 September 2021, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Unconventional petroleum reservoirs productive in the Denver Basin include the Niobrara Formation and the Codell Sandstone. Both units are characterized by low porosity and permeability. These units are well exposed in outcrops along the west flank of the basin and will be the subject of this field trip.

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Field Seminar
Grand Junction, Colorado
Wednesday, 22 September Sunday, 26 September 2021, 12:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

The Book Cliffs of eastern Utah are among the most spectacular outcrops of marginal marine strata anywhere in the world. During this field trip we will make use of field analogs, subsurface correlation exercises and core photographs to link outcrop observations to practical subsurface applications.

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Field Seminar
Pueblo, Colorado
Thursday, 30 September – Friday, 1 October 2021, 8:00 a.m.–9:55 a.m.

This two-day trip will examine classic exposures of the Middle to Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian to Campanian) strata of the southern Denver Basin near Pueblo, Colorado. Although the focus is on exceptional mudrock and tight sandstone outcrops of the Graneros, Greenhorn, Carlile, and Niobrara formations, currently of great interest for oil and gas exploration, lessons learned are directly applicable to other unconventional systems.

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Field Seminar
Morrison, Colorado
Sunday, 26 September 2021, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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Online e-Symposium
Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 12:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.

Explore three of the great wonders of the geological world. Take a guided tour of classic geological sites on the Colorado Plateau.

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VG Abstract

This is a less-technical education topic. It can be condensed to an hour or given as 2 two-hour sessions. It stresses selected controversial aspects of fracking that touch some combination of environment and economics and includes a short video of how fracking is done.

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