Petroleum Resources: A View to the Future
Amidst news reports that the world might soon hit its peak oil supply,
two U.S. Geological Survey experts describe why determining how much
oil and gas remain to be tapped is a task that is far from clear and
Thomas S. Ahlbrandt and Peter J. McCabe
Natural Gas: The Coming Methane Economy
We will soon pass from an economy
that primarily uses carbon-based fuels to one that primarily uses hydrogen-based
fuels. What will hold us over during the transition?
William L. Fisher
December: Mid-ocean ridges
at the poles
February: Geology underground
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Inspectors armed with
Governments agree to stop conflict diamonds
Plants mop arsenic
evidence for early life
quake making waves
disasters strike in Italy
Evolution opponents score in Georgia
Many quakes, one theory
Pipeline proposal promises new life for the Dead Sea
Dinosaurs' world up in flames
Inorganic oil: Much ado about nothing?
New Solution to the Uncertain Fate of a Geologists Library
will become of the libraries of retired geologists?
George D. Klein
much will a federal Department of Homeland Security affect the geosciences?
valley avalanche in Russia
China's air needs a chimney sweep
Talk is increasing on coalbed methane as the future of U.S. natural gas.
Lisa M. Pinsker
Photo montage created by Mark Shaver. Image sources are, clockwise
from left: traffic in Detroit, Ohio (AGI files); The Suncor Energy Inc. oil sands
plant near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada (Mika Madunicky/Alberta Energy and Utilities
Board); OPEC President Rilwanu Lukman before a Sept. 19 OPEC meeting in Japan
(Koji Sasahara/Associated Press); the Hibernia Platform on the Grand Banks (from
Hibernia Management and Development Inc.); the oil tanker Polar Endeavour on its
way to Port of Valdez, Alaska, in July (Associated Press/Phillips Alaska Inc.);
an Amtrac from the U.S. Marines Second Division Feb. 24, 1991, near the Saudi-Kuwait
border prior to the start of the ground war against Iraq. (Associated Press/Sakayuki
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