Mark Rowan will be teaching the ever-popular Practical Salt Tectonics November 4-7, in Houston, Texas.  We asked Mark some questions about his teaching experiences with AAPG – here is our interview with this highly-respected expert!

Mark Rowan

Mark Rowan

AAPG:  Why do you like teaching for AAPG?
Mark Rowan:  I teach for a lot of companies and for the Nautilus training program, but what I like about teaching for the AAPG is that I get to reach people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to take my class. This includes employees of small companies, independents and consultants, and faculty and students.
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AAPG:  How and why is your course useful for today’s industry challenges?
M.R.:  Many of the world’s hydrocarbon provinces are salt basins. Although seismic images are constantly improving, geoscientists need to understand the fundamentals of the geology behind the geophysics. The images represent real rocks, and those who have a better grasp of the processes and styles of salt-related deformation and salt-sediment interaction will be more successful in exploration and production.
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AAPG:  What things are changing in the world of salt tectonics? New technologies? New applications?
M.R.:  There has been a revolution in our understanding of salt tectonics that began just over 20 years ago but is still proceeding. Advances have come primarily through five avenues: improved seismic acquisition and processing techniques, analysis of wells drilled adjacent to and through salt bodies, field-based studies of exposed salt diapirs and sheets, sophisticated physical and numerical modeling, and the application of cross-section restoration. We learn more every year.
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AAPG:  Do you ever learn anything yourself from teaching these courses? If so, what?
M.R.:  Because I teach people with a wide variety of background and experience, I am always learning something new from some salt basin in the world. I benefit from interactions with participants, whether through questions and discussions during the lecture/exercises or through conversations during breaks.
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AAPG:  What is your most memorable experience from teaching an AAPG course?
M.R.:  I think it was when a participant came up to me during a break, introduced himself, and then said that he was the author of a paper I had cited that was the source for one of the figures in the course notes. He was quite pleased that results from his Ph.D. were useful to the general community, and I was pleased to have been able to showcase his work.
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Sign Up for this course before October 7 to get the lowest rate. (Link to course description)

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