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a map showing the locations of various oil fields
How the Jusepin Deep Field Was Discovered - And Lost
a group of men standing next to each other on top of a rock
How the Jusepin Deep Field Was Discovered - And Lost
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Making the Impossible Possible
people are looking at an old model space ship
Making the Impossible Possible - The 1971 Offshore Technology Conference’s exhibition floor.
Yemen: The Final Frontier - Production test at Alif No. 2, in September 1984. Photo courtesy Ian Maycock.
Yemen: The Final Frontier - Production test at Alif No. 2, in September 1984. Photo courtesy Ian Maycock.
a man sitting at a table writing in front of a lamp and some books on it
Yemen: The Final Frontier - Ziad “Don” Beydoun at his desk in the desert with the necessities of exploration: a Tilley lamp, Players’ Navy Cut cigarettes and asprin. Photo courtesy IPC Newsletter.
two men standing on top of a mountain with an umbrella over their heads and camera equipment in front of them
Yemen: The Final Frontier - René Wetzel (right) with a guard, range finder and plane table. Photo courtesy of D.M. Morton.
two men on camels in the desert with one man standing next to them and another sitting down
Yemen: The Final Frontier - Geologists René Wetzel and Mike Morton during their expedition to Mahra country, 1947. Photo courtesy of D.M. Morton.
two men sitting on the side of a mountain
How to Survive a Crash - Irv Talleur and Gil Mull, enjoying their work in the DeLong Mountains of Alaska's Brooks Range, July 1975.
Spindletop Was Feted, And She Met a Hero - The iconic shot of the Lucas Gusher, taken Jan. 10, 1901, by Beaumont photographer Frank J. Trost. This photo would shortly be seen all over the world. Anthony Lucas stands proudly on the right. Texas, Crude Oil, Oil And Gas, Gas Industry, Texas Oil, Oil Industry, Oil Companies, Oil Rig, Oilfield Trash
Spindletop Was Feted, And She Met a Hero - The iconic shot of the Lucas Gusher, taken Jan. 10, 1901, by Beaumont photographer Frank J. Trost. This photo would shortly be seen all over the world. Anthony Lucas stands proudly on the right.
two men standing next to each other in front of a painting
Spindletop Was Feted, And She Met a Hero - Pattillo Higgins, left, the Beaumont prophet of Spindletop, and Al Hamill at the Spindletop 50th-Anniversary Celebration in Beaumont, Texas.
an image of the origin of orphan basin
Going Deeper: Blue H-28 Was a Whale of a Tale
a chart showing the world's water levels
Going Deeper: Blue H-28 Was a Whale of a Tale
a map of the area in which there is no water or land to swim through
Going Deeper: Blue H-28 Was a Whale of a Tale - Bathymetry (contour interval 1000m). Dots mark exploration wells. Graphic courtesy of Grant (1987).
an oil rig in the middle of the ocean next to a boat on the water
Going Deeper: Blue H-28 Was a Whale of a Tale - The drillship Discoverer Seven Seas entered St. John’s harbor in May 1979 for provisions and stocking up on fuel before going out to sea to drill Blue H-28.