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April 2008

On the cover: Exposures in the Pecos River Canyon of West Texas, where rudist-bearing carbonate grgainstones and buildup facies are analogous to the Edwards Reef play in Live Oak County, Texas -- an active play near San Antonio, site of this year's AAPG Annual Convention and Exihbition. These outcrops are nearly continuous for tens of miles.

Photo by AAPG member Charlie Kerans, the University of Texas at Austin.

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President's Column:

Spring Quickens Pace for Activities

Director's Corner:

Science Is At the ‘Core’ of AAPG

Division Column -- DPA:

DPA Agenda Full in San Antonio

Geophysical Corner:

Finding the Value of ‘Impossible’

Washington Watch:

Carbon Sequestration Rules Emerge

Regions and Sections:

APPEX London Generates a Buzz


Donors Support Profession, AAPG

Help wanted? A shortage of geologists led to sizable pay increases in the United States last year, according to the latest AAPG salary survey.

Let the voting begin: Online balloting -- it's fast and it's easy -- is now open in this year's election of AAPG officers.

Deep in the heart of Texas . . . there are a lot of new approaches and strategies that are being applied in a lot of older areas, providing a fresh appearance to a familiar face.

Geology is in the blood of this year's AAPG Outstanding Explorer, Dudley Hughes, who has 65 fields and over 200 million barrels of oil to his credit.

New Mexico's Tucumcari Basin generates a buzz at the recent NAPE meeting, and with good reason; this old play is ready to add a new chapter to its history.

The House of Delegates will elect new officers and discuss two amendments at their meeting in San Antonio, before the start of the annual convention.

San Antonio 2008

It's time for a geoscience Fiesta! San Antonio, a famously festive city, is the site of this year's AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, held this month at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Thirty-four of the Association's top achievers, geoscientists, and dedicated volunteers will be honored in a ceremony at the meeting's opening session.

A leader among leaders: Past AAPG president James A. Gibbs has helped lead the Association in countless ways -- a big reason why he's this year's recipient of the Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award.

"Less controversy, more science." Those four words provide the core of a special forum on "The Changing Debate on Global Warming."

AAPG's "100 Who Made a Difference" retrospective kicks off with a forum titled "Discovery Thinking," featuring six geologists sharing the stories of their success in the industry.

To help convention-goers "Pursue The Unconventional," EMD offers a forum to discuss the "Future of Unconventional Resource Plays."

EMD's luncheon poses the question: "Will Coal Burn Brightly in the Future?"

Mary Fitts, Earth Science Teacher of the Year, encourages students' natural curiosity about the world around them.

Ray L. Hunt shares his experiences with the art/science of wildcatting in this year's Halbouty lecture series talk, "Distinguishing Successful Wildcatters: How Your Company Can Be Among The Best."

Buy great merchandise and contribute to the future of the industry: visit the AAPG General Store in San Antonio!

A side-trip well worth it -- Ed Dillon invites his fellow members to his community and the historic frontier Fort Clark Springs where you'll discover a community rich in history. Web only

Keep your finger on the pulse of the Association while at the Convention by visiting the AAPG Center. Web only

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