A view of the northern Tarim Basin, along the Kuqa River by the
Tianshan Mountains in western China, showing part of the foreland fold and thrust
belt of the Kuqa foreland basin. The photo, looking north, shows the northern limb
of the Bashijiqike Anticline; thick, dark red Paleocene-Miocene conglomerates,
sandstones and mudstones in the background overlying the Lower Cretaceous
Bashijiqike formation, and light pink to brown sandstones and conglomerates in the
middle- and foreground. The Bashijiqike formation makes an excellent oil and gas
reservoir, and the Tarim Basin was the site of significant exploration developments
in 2005. See discoveries list.
Photo courtesy of K.R. McClay, editor of
AAPG Memoir 82, Thrust Tectonics and Hydrocarbon Systems.
AAPG’s international outreach is reinforced as President
Peter Rose meets with more than 1,000 geoscientists, students and industry leaders in a 20-day tour of Europe.
Do you remember the pain? Those who were active in the industry in 1986 call it, simply, the Crash. It was 20 years ago today ...
Renewable energy sources in the oil patch? It’s a power-ful
idea who’s time has come.
Big deal: Giant fields clearly are an important part of the
world’s current energy situation. The challenging question is, what about tomorrow?
An overview of recent discoveries offers some positive results – but it also warns of some serious challenges.
Check out some of the major discoveries reported over the past year.
Egypt’s historic and vital Whale Valley is now an official
World Heritage Site, thanks largely to the writing of an AAPG field trip guidebook.
AAPG’s GEO-DC office in Washington, D.C., is up and running – and the first 100 days proved to be eventful, indeed, for director Don Juckett.
The Geophysical Corner debuts an editor -- Bob Hardage from BEG-Austin.
A toast! A toast to Ida Glenn No. 1 ... one hundred years ago the Ida Glenn No. 1 came in and began Oklahoma's oil legacy.
John Brooks, European Region president, shares his impressions of the tour of the European Region made with Pete Rose.
Fascinated with a symbol reminding him of his previous employer, AAPG member Hans Krause was inspired to take a pilgrimage across Spain.
Looking Back: No column this month.