Who writes this salty stuff?

Hi, I'm John, and I run technical services in the SaltWork consultancy. Writing these articles comes out my ongoing interest in all matters evaporitic. I have over 30 years of experience working in saline systems focusing on applied aspects of carbonate-evaporite interactions, and I am the compiler of the SaltWork GIS database. In addition, I have written a few books on evaporites and saline geosystems and published several scientific papers dealing with these topics.

In my previous life as a full-time academic, I had day-to-day interaction with pettiness and time-sinks involved in dealing with overpaid and underworked educational bureaucracies in western universities. The inherent herd-think was too much of a time sink, so I resigned from academia at a western University.

Today, I prefer to work each year living and consulting, based on the coast in Adelaide, Australia. For a portion of each year, I also work as a part-time academic in southeast Asia, where people have a "can-do" attitude. Over the years, I have worked as a consultant on various saline rock and carbonate reservoir characterization problems in hydrocarbon and base metals exploration.

As well, I run training programs often tied to this consultancy; past clients include; INPEX, MMG, Chevron International, Exxon International, BHP Billiton Resources, BHP Billiton Petroleum, BHP, Homestake, Pasminco, Shell International, Statoil, PTTEP, ADNOC, Saudi Aramco, Nexen, NIOC, VPI and others.

“But the plans were on display…”
“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the display department.”
“With a flashlight.”
“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes, I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of the Leopard.” 
Arthur Dent, on the public display of plans for the destruction of the Earth, in Douglas Adam's “Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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