This special section presents varied geophysical applications from five different countries in an economically and culturally diverse region that contains about 23% of the world's population. Socioeconomic conditions have stagnated since 1997. But when the region recovers, rapid growth could extract a toll on the environment. Thus, governments are challenged to provide adequate and affordable energy by diversifying from the traditional energy supply sources to expanding the use of indigenous energy resources. One area where the two problems can be addressed simultaneously is through the greater use of domestic natural gas. Most of the power plants built in the United...

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