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2010-12-03 15:54:50

Our research at the State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, has shown, based on a refined division and correlation of the graptolite-bearing strata in southern Jiangxi, China, that the Kwangsian Orogeny commenced in the early Katian Age of the Late Ordovician. Because of its significant research value, this study is published in Issue 11 of Science China Earth Sciences. An angular unconformity separating the Lower-Middle...

2010-11-24 07:19:00

WARRENDALE, Pa., Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 16, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) awarded East Resources, Inc. its 2010 Chairman's Stewardship Award for Environmental Partnership. East Resources received the award in recognition of its support for a Remote Water Quality Monitoring Network in the upper reaches of the Susquehanna River Basin. East provided financial assistance to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to support the deployment of the...

2010-11-18 16:30:00

TULSA, Okla., Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) announced today that it is significantly expanding its midstream business in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale. The partnership has agreed to acquire Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation's (NYSE: COG) midstream assets located in Susquehanna County, Pa., for $150 million. The Cabot assets include approximately 75 miles of gathering pipelines and two compressor stations. The transaction is expected to...

2010-11-18 08:00:00

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The energy law firm of Burleson Cooke announced the opening of a new office in San Antonio that will focus on serving companies with interests in the Eagle Ford Shale play. The move comes on the heels of a significant expansion of the firm's Pittsburgh office - which opened in late 2009 and supports oil and gas companies working in the Marcellus Shale region - and further underscores Burleson Cooke's expertise in the area of unconventional oil...

2010-11-04 07:30:00

BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westmont Resources Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: WMNS) today announced that they have completed an agreement that will extend Westmont's reach and resources with the acquisition of 233 acres and 8 existing wells in the Marcellus Shale region in the southwest tier of Pennsylvania. Preliminary estimates indicate that the value of the reserves associated with these 233 lease acres in Westmoreland County of Western Pennsylvania from the...

2010-10-26 13:30:00

Order Bans Leases Requiring New Surface Disturbances to Protect Pristine Nature of Publicly Owned Forests HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today signed an executive order protecting Pennsylvania's state forests from any new natural gas development activities that would disturb the surface of these areas and jeopardize fragile ecosystems. The Governor said a recent and extensive evaluation of the state forest system conducted by the Department...

2010-10-12 06:55:00

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Natural Sciences is calling for a comprehensive research plan that would result in guidelines and an assessment tool for regulators and managers in order to minimize the environmental impact of Marcellus Shale gas drilling. "At this time, there is very little information available as to the impacts of long-term exposure of a watershed to Marcellus Shale drilling activities," said Dr. David Velinsky, vice president of the Academy's...

2010-10-06 17:33:39

The pace and extent of Marcellus Shale development across Pennsylvania can be "seen" in animated maps produced by the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. Based on data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the animations (http://www.marcellus.psu.edu/resources/maps.php) show both the number of drilling permits issued for the Marcellus Shale target and the number of wells drilled by year from 2007 through August 2010. Although permits were issued...

2010-10-06 08:00:00

BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westmont Resources Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: WMNS) today announced that they have completed an agreement that will extend Westmont's reach and resources with the acquisition of 1,600 leased acres and 60 existing wells in the Marcellus Shale region in the northwest tier of West Virginia. Preliminary estimates indicate that the value of the reserves associated with these 1,600 leased acres in Wetzel County of northwest West Virginia from the...

2010-10-05 06:00:00

HOUSTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Gastar Exploration Ltd. (NYSE Amex: GST) announced today that its borrowing base under the Second Amendment to the Company's Amended and Restated Credit Agreement has been increased to $47.5 million. The borrowing base had previously been reduced from $47.5 million to $40.0 million primarily as a result of delays in returning the Belin #1 well to production following recompletion efforts. J. Russell Porter, Gastar's President and Chief Executive Officer,...


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Mucrospirifer
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Mucrospirifer is a genus of extinct brachiopod of the order Spiriferida. This genus is sometimes known as the “butterfly shells.” Fossils of this genus occur mostly in the Middle Devonian strata. When alive, this genus mainly lived in muddy marine sediments, and were attached to the sea floor via its pedicle (foot). The bi-convex shell was about an inch long, and sometimes grew to 1.6 inches. The shell has a fold, groove and rod-like structure. It is elongated along the hinge line,...

Atrypa
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Atrypa (lampshell) is an extinct genus of brachiopod from the Late Ordovician stage (444 million years ago) to the Carboniferous stage (318 mya). It occurs abundantly as fossils in marine rocks. Fossils have been found on all continents except Antarctica. This animal has distinctive concentric growth lines and is unusual in that in some Devonian beds there are numerous remains of the pedicle (foot) valve, but very few of the brachial (upper) valve -- scientists speculate that strong ocean...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'