Module 3. Carbonate grains, matrix and cements

Course Details

Sandstone reservoirs are fairly simple in their diversity of clast types. In carbonates grains can be biotic, abiotic, or biotically influenced. Grain chemistry will determine how they respond to diagenetic changes. In this module we will begin by covering the most common types of non-skeletal and skeletal grain types and how their presence can be used to interpret depositional environments.

We will then introduce participants to different matrix and cement types. What you learn will be solidified in an exercise in which you will be presented core and thin-section data which you will use to interpret environments of deposition.


• Geologists
• Geophysicists who wish to better understand carbonate seismology and seismic stratigraphy
• Petrophysicists
• Engineers who wish to develop a better understanding of the factors that control distribution, reservoir connectivity and compartmentalization in carbonate reservoirs

• Graduate Students (Masters or Doctorate) who wish to develop a better understanding of the petroleum industry and the importance of carbonate reservoirs


The course assumes no prior knowledge of carbonates therefore we also encourage non-geoscientists and graduate-students to enroll.

Course Outline