Exploration for critical minerals in sedimentary rocks and basins is rapidly growing in the US as the country seeks to decrease its dependency on China, which has been the dominant exporter of critical minerals in the past three decades.
Last year, the North American E&P community saw a symbolic negative oil price blink, rig counts and production rates plummeting, a new US administration slapping
moratoriums on federal land and waters while appointing ‘greens’ to high positions. All in all, an upstream world turned upside down.
These geologically oriented tours of some of North America’s most iconic landscapes will certainly satisfy the most ardent geoscientist as well as the curious layman in Gary L. Prost's Geological Tours of The World: North America's Natural Wonders (Two Volume Set), published by CRC Press in 2020.
The 2004 Covenant oil field discovery promised to open up a very favorable, large onshore oil province. Thirty additional wells have been drilled in the play since, but only one found producible oil. What happened?
Scott Opdyke, Cyrille Reiser, Tiago Alcantara and Elena Polyaeva; PGS
Eastern Canada is one of the most promising deepwater exploration areas in the world, where the implementation of state-of-the-art imaging technology is critical to develop a more detailed local subsurface understanding.
Provider of marine geophysical services Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a major ocean bottom seismic (OBS) deepwater remotely operated survey (ROV) project by TGS and partner in the US Gulf of Mexico.
CGG and Fairfield Geotechnologies will acquire a series of large-scale, high-density, multi-client seismic surveys in one of the most prolific hydrocarbon regions in North America - the Central Basin Platform (CBP) of the Permian Basin in West Texas.
While wandering 240 km across California from Bakersfield to Death Valley, the geotourist can marvel at a range of superlative wonders, from the densest developed oil field to the deepest canyon and the lowest point in the United States.