The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

American Energy Works: George

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 16, 2012

George is a geophysicist for Marathon Oil, based in Houston. He studies seismic data to learn where oil and natural gas deposits are located thousands of feet beneath the surface. He has been with the company 23 years – during which he has seen the oil and natural gas industry make quantum technological leaps in the search for energy:

“When I started the most sophisticated piece of equipment in my office was my telephone. All the data I worked with was on paper. I used colored pencils to color it up, and all the maps that I made were drawn by hand. Now all the data and interpretations are digital…I can actually visualize everything in 3D, just like the movies. What’s exciting about my job is the hunt for oil and gas.”

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Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.