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October 2008

On the cover: Energy is the name of game, and the entire planet seems ready to be part of the action. This month’s EXPLORER takes a look at several areas of interest, as represented on the cover by scenes (clockwise from top) from Ghana (two), Egypt, Texas and Greenland. Stories on all these areas – and more – are inside.

Cover concept by Rusty Johnson; photos courtesy of Kosmos Energy, Apache Corp., Brayton Operating Corp. and Tony Tankard.

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President’s Column:

Communications Gap: An Issue for the Ages

Director’s Corner:

Leadership Includes ‘Giving Back’

Division Column -- DPA:

DPA to Offer Online Ethics Courses

Geophysical Corner:

China Study: Detecting Fractures

Washington Watch:

geoCVD Covers a Lot of Ground

Regions and Sections:

Africa Region Seats Diverse Committee


Foundation Trustees Name Officers

Former AAPG president Marlan Downey is this year’s Sidney Powers Memorial Award winner, heading the list of AAPG honors and awards.

Bye, bye drilling ban, hello offshore exploration activities. The question is, where is the best U.S. offshore potential?

Victoria’s Secret (no, not that one) is reminding people that what they see at first is not always what they get later.

Got a minute? Bruce Rubidge would like to tell you the 4.6-billion-year history of the earth at his luncheon talk in Cape Town. Web

The prospect of commercial-scale carbon sequestration has taken another step forward.

A world of possibilities: One company’s survey results point out the planet’s top 20 areas of interest for the coming year.

It’s hot, hot, hot – that’s right, we’re talking about the Arctic, where an enormous amount of energy potential is about to collide with an enormous potential for political conflict.

Small players, big deals: Independents are becoming increasingly important in Africa’s energy picture.

Natural gas has fueled Egypt’s climb to one of the top plays on the international arena. Web

The relaxing of economic sanctions has made Libya an appealing target for exploration.

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The wording in Professional News Briefs that appeared in the October issue may have given the impression that Dan Billman had left his consultancy, Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc. to join another company. Billman has been and remains the president of Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc. in Mars, Penn.  The Explorer regrets the error.

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