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Helping all our members add to the global energy supply is AAPG’s prime goal and will be for a very long time. Research shows that we have underestimated petroleum systems. Combine that with our ever-improving ability to extract energy sources from nano-scale spaces, and we have an energy revolution.

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Get involved in AAPG N.E.T., an online space for TIGs and SIGs where you can Network, Engage and Talk with other geoscientists.

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Curiosity was designed to assess whether the place ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes, which is a fancy way of wondering what, if anything, could live (or could have ever lived) there.

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It’s been just over a year and a half since the AAPG House of Delegates approved the formation of SIGs and TIGs, and the new classification structure is steadily catching on.

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Hydrocarbons in comets or asteroids likely were formed like those on Earth – biogenically, according to AAPG member Prasanta K. Mukhopadhyay. Yes, you read that correctly: "biogenically," as in, "arising from life" – in this case, extraterrestrial life.
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Jim Reilly, AAPG member and former NASA astronaut, talks about the practical realities of going to Mars, and what humanity needs to do to make it happen. Part two of our series on Mars exploration.
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Mars, or Earth 2.0? Members of AAPG’s Astrogeology Committee think a new home for humanity is within reach, but not yet within grasp.
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Geology-in-Space promises new frontiers in energy and in the economy. 

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Across the universe: AAPG Memoir 101 takes a comprehensive look at the potential for energy and mineral resources in the solar system.

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Lunar helium-3 is considered one of the potential resources for utilization as fuel source for future earth-based nuclear fusion plants. With a potential start-up of a commercial fusion power plant by the year 2050, the author describes technology and commercial aspects for a lunar helium-3 mining operation that could fuel such a power plant. Barriers for development are inferred to exist largely in the fusion portion of the helium-3 value chain. Commercially a helium-3 operation would have to compete with other energy supply sources that might become available in the future and that could be developed in a stepwise function rather than in an all-encompassing effort. The author suggests that space technology RD&D and fusion research should be pursued separately, and should only form a symbiosis once a common fit due to separately achieved scientific/technical progress justify a joint commitment of financial resources. RD&D costs for these programs will be several hundred billion dollars, which will largely be provided by public investments. The private sector, however, is emerging in space technology and could play a significant role in such a value chain, as outlined in the suggested business model.

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AAPG Event Casper Wyoming United States 18 August, 2017 Astrogeology 8:00 AM 8:00 PM 22 September, 2016
 
Casper, Wyoming, United States
18-22 August 2017

The primary goal of the AAPG Astrogeology Committee is to emphasize the use of geosciences in the development of off-world exploration energy and other natural resources for development in the foreseeable future. This is under the guidance and input provided by previous NASA geologist astronauts, Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Dr. James “Jim” Reilly and by industry professionals.

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