The extremes in landscape that characterize Death Valley National Park yield striking landforms, dramatic and colorful scenery, and underlying geologic mystery.
Vol. 4, No. 6
“If governments around the world stick with existing policies – the underlying premise of the World Energy Outlook Reference Scenario – the world’s energy needs would be well over 50% higher in 2030 than today,” according to the World Energy Outlook (WOE), published recently by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) aims to capture people’s imagination with the exciting knowledge we possess about our planet, and to see that knowledge used more effectively to make the Earth a safer, healthier, and wealthier place for our children and grandchildren. That could be achieved by building on the knowledge accumulated by the world’s approximately 400,000 Earth scientists and is expressed by the IYPE subtitle: ‘Earth Science for Society’.
Seismic monitoring is an important technology in the effective exploitation of reservoirs in existing fields. The successful further uptake of 4D technology requires extensive training of dedicated personnel, while the biggest challenge in 4D technology development is to produce high vertical resolution 4D images of production.
Exploration interest in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico is at an all time high following the discovery, in 2001, of thick Paleogene submarine turbidite sands in the Baha #2 well. This ‘Wilcox’ sand play has now expanded across most of the deepwater and is the main reservoir target. These reservoir targets are typically 3 and 4 way structural closures, obscured by a thick allochthonous salt canopy and cored by deep allochthonous salt.