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Jan Golonka
Jan Golonka
AGH University of Science and Technology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Republic ofPoland
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Frank J. Picha
Frank J. Picha
International Petroleum Consultant, Walnut Creek, California, U.S.A.
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Published:
January 01, 2006

Abstract

The Carpathians represent the eastern extension of the European Alps (Figure 1), but unlike the well-known classical Alps of Western Europe, the Carpathians of Central and Eastern Europe remain less known and are even somewhat mysterious to the outside world. The tumultuous political history as well as the language barriers prevented ideas and information from flowing freely through and outside the region. However, the area greatly contributed to the common knowledge in science and technology. Enormous amounts of geological work have been conducted, and thousands of papers have been published on the geology of the Carpathian region during the past 200 yr (see references in various articles of the volume). However, because of the language barriers and diverse concepts and interpretations, it is not easy for students of Carpathian geology and potential investors to cut through all the information and to get a clear picture about the geology and the hydrocarbon potential of the region. This situation has been well known to the editors of this volume, who both worked in the Carpathians and also spent a great deal of their careers in the American petroleum industry and had a chance to see the Carpathians from the view of outside world. In the early spring of 2000, they met in Krakow, where Jan Golonka, after retiring from Mobil, had just begun his new career as a professor at the Jagiellonian University and Frank Picha, after retiring from Chevron, had completed his AAPG Distinguished Lecture tour through the countries of Eastern Europe

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AAPG Memoir

The Carpathians and Their Foreland: Geology and Hydrocarbon Resources

Jan Golonka
Jan Golonka
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Frank J. Picha
Frank J. Picha
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
84
ISBN electronic:
9781629810379
Publication date:
January 01, 2006

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