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On the cover: Venoco’s Platform Gail, located about 10 miles offshore in 739 feet of water in the Santa Barbara Channel, is just one sign of the historical – and continuing – importance of oil that’s found in California. The platform, which can accommodate up to 93 people at a time but can be run by as few as five, produces from the Sockeye Field. Inset, turbidite sand beds containing Bouma Ta-Td sequences and flame structures in the upper channelized portion of a submarine fan system within the Monterey Formation.

Large photo courtesy of Venoco. Inset photo by A.E. Fritsche

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President's Column:

Volunteers: Good for AAPG Climate

Director's Corner:

Race to the Long Beach Convention

Division Column -- DEG:

Five Technical Sessions, Luncheon: DEG Getting Ready for Long Beach

Geophysical Corner:

Why Do P-Wave Wipeout Zones Occur?

Washington Watch:

Students, Schools Aid Get Push

Regions and Sections:

AAPG, European Region Join Hands for Athens

Online voting is available for officer elections.

The House of Delegates meet in Long Beach and have some history-making items to discuss.

Long Beach, California is the setting for the AAPG 2007 Annual Convention and Exhibition. First time in Long Beach, first of April, and many more firsts to look forward to.

Judges needed: Get involved and give back to your profession.

They call California the land of milk and honey, but the reality of Los Angeles’ success is a deeper truth: It was built on oil.

Award winners

  • Dig this: Because of a rock-collecting gravedigger in the Netherlands, Arnold Bouma started his love affair with geology – a trip that took him to the pinnacle of his profession.
  • Not only has he climbed the ladder of success, he’s led the way. AAPG honors John Amoruso with its first Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award.

Trendy places: ExxonMobil’s top earth scientist has his eye on today’s exploration trends, and finds that what’s needed in today’s oil industry are prudence and balance.

Where will the next giant fields be found? Intriguingly, some geologists have a pretty good idea about that – and a successful track record to back it up.

Read all about it! Headlines are only part of what the industry is experiencing – for the rest of the story, All-Convention Luncheon speaker Michael Economides has much more to say.

  • DPA speaker: Robert Ryan "Mapping the Global Route of the Energy Industry"
  • EMD speaker: Vince Matthews focuses on the impact of China and India in the U.S.
  • DEG speaker: Lee Gerhard "Energy and Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century"

A site to behold: The THUMS Island project, sitting right in the middle of the Long Beach seafront, may be America’s most beautiful drilling operation.

In light of recent legislative proposals the forum focusing on the role of independents and small operations is timely.

Corporate recruiters, students looking for a great start to their career and recent-hires in a company will beneift from this career development seminar.

The creative ways Los Angeles Basin petroleum industry has hidden their activity is imaginative not only in appearance but in how it blends with society's needs. Web exclusive

AAPG will offer books from two geologists who blend their past field work and experiences into their mysteries. Both books will be available in the AAPG bookstore in Long Beach. Web exclusive

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