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AAPG recently held its first workshop in Namibia on ‘Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia’ which took place from the 7th – 9th June 2022 at the Hilton Hotel, Windhoek. The workshop attracted 110 attendees from 43 different companies and 13 different countries. The three-day workshop also included 25 oral presentations, 5 poster presentations, and an invite only Students and Young Professionals Meet n Greet evening which was sponsored by Petrofund.

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Learn! Blog

Converting old oil and gas wells to geothermal wells and energy storage has been the goal of many individuals and companies seeking energy transition solutions. While there have been many studies and plans, there are far fewer examples of successful implementations. Read about this project by the University of Oklahoma Geothermal Team

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Latin America Blog

The 2nd Suriname Energy, Oil & Gas Summit & Exhibition will be hosted by Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V. (in person) on the 28-30th June 2022 at the Royal Ballroom of hotel Torarica, Paramaribo, Suriname. For the second time, the AAPG Young Professionals Suriname Chapter is delighted and privileged to be an endorsing partner at this summit, which will feature roundtable discussions, technical presentations, workshops and networking opportunities.

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Explorer President’s Column

Like many people, I take inspiration from music to motivate me during workouts, soothe me while traveling and generally improve my mood. As my term as AAPG president concludes, “Lake Shore Drive” by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah reminds me that I will have more time for visiting my beloved daughter in Chicago. It also reminds me of the joy of Ferris Bueller – in his best friend’s father’s red Ferrari – escaping the frustration of a sunny day stuck in a classroom.

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Explorer Article

Datapages, Inc. is a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of AAPG providing corporate and institutional subscribers access to the AAPG Bulletin and the publications of more than 60 publishing partners, mostly other geological societies. Since January we’ve added more than 615 articles to the Archives, and these are now accessible to our subscribers.

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Explorer Division Column DEG

After the past year as president of the Division of Environmental Geosciences, my three big takeaways are that the world needs energy, all forms of energy are in transition, and geoscientists are needed to explore for and develop energy – now and in the future. In every future energy scenario, oil and gas will be needed for decades at various levels to contribute to the global energy mix.

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Explorer Director’s Corner

Four of every five people on the planet are in emerging and developing economies. These are people just beginning to move up the economic ladder, and they need energy to do so. Scott Tinker, a past president of AAPG, has been talking about energy systems for much more than a decade, and launched a non-profit organization, the Switch Energy Alliance, to elevate the public conversation about the value and realities of the energy choices we face. Earlier this year Tinker participated in a TEDx event at the University of Texas at Austin. His talk, “The Dual Challenge: Energy and Environment” was released online last month. The choice, if you listen to policymakers and the media, is one of either energy or the environment. But this isn’t the choice at all.

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Explorer Foundation Update

Ahmed Ismail, a passionate geoscience educator who not only showed potential but also sensed a career calling as early as grade school, has been named this year’s recipient of the AAPG Foundation’s Inspirational Geoscience Educator Award. Ismail, who has international experience in academia, the energy service sector (Schlumberger) and with the Illinois State Geological Survey, is an assistant professor at the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University, where he has taught since 2016.

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Explorer Regions and Sections

Many geologists have earned their field trip stripes in the Guadalupe Mountains in West Texas, but fewer have heard – and braved the dangers – of hiking the mysterious and mineral-rich Franklin Mountains north of El Paso. The Franklin Mountain region is a west-tilting series of horst blocks that became 5,000-7,200-foot tall mountains as a result of the Laramide orogeny. The sheer eastern escarpment exposes rocks dating from the Pennsylvanian down to 1.25-billion-year-old basement granite. It was a “field trip through time” focused on the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian formations, representing more than 100 million years of geologic history.

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Explorer Readers Forum

Civilization can only exist with energy. Petroleum provides most of the energy and products we need to live environmentally responsible, healthy, sustainable and comfortable lives. Recent events in Europe prove that petroleum continues to be critical. In the first three articles of this series, we discussed the petroleum base “wedge” to various energy sources, the skill sets needed to find petroleum (and the resources offered by AAPG to develop those skills) and the unintended consequences and limits to alternative low-density energy machines. We should also explore why petroleum matters.

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