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December 2008

On the cover: Old fields are finding new life and new fields are getting a dynamic start thanks to downhole technological developments that are helping explorers see deeper and more clearly than ever into the subsurface. Several articles dealing with those advances can be found this month in our annual Downhole Geology issue, including one about a tool that is like a “downhole GPS navigation system.” Cover photo and images – showing the penetration of a single thick bed at higher (top image) and lower incidence angles.

Photo courtesy of Baker Hughes

PDF of this Issue (56 pages, 8.6 Mb)


President’s Column:

Giving Thanks

Director’s Corner:

Cape Town Inspired New Ideas

Division Column -- DEG:

Perspectives from the Freshmen

Geophysical Corner:

Results Shine for NewTechnology

Washington Watch:

CO2 Statement Adopted by AAPG

Regions and Sections:

Planning Time Begins for 2009 IBA


Grant Honors James E.Wilson

Never too much information: Officer candidate bios and ‘why I’ answers continue to be available online.

There were many reasons why the recent AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Cape Town was a success – but “diversity” may be the word to remember.

The LUSI mud volcano continued to generate spirited debate among geoscientists at a special session in Cape Town to discuss its causes.

The first short course presented through AAPG’s new Middle East office will take place next year in Bahrain.

Celebration time – C’mon! AAPG members are among those leading the way in raising support for and awareness of the International Year of Planet Earth.

Part 2 of James Wilson’s Dead Sea geology series shows the role geology may have played in some of the Bible's more famous stories.

The goal was to have “No Child Left Inside” during this year’s Earth Science Week events.

Downhole Geology

Drink up: Resource plays have uncorked an abundance of new opportunities, and almost all of them demand geologists be familiar with the “Sideways” approach. (Hint: Here a lateral move isn’t a bad thing.)

Coming of age: Borehole imaging technology, which started its evolvement from dip-meter technology in the 1980s, has advanced to become an increasingly effective tool.

More, more, more: New downhole technology is proving its worth in the Los Angeles Basin by squeezing new oil out of an old field.

Technology for measuring rock properties downhole, especially in carbonate formations, becomes more sophisticated each year – including right now.

Steer clear of trouble: A new downhole tool, created to help drillers stay in the “sweet spot,” claims to be a GPS system for subsurface navigation.

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