Geologists, Geophysicists, Petrophysicists, Engineers. The course assumes no prior knowledge of sedimentology or sequence stratigraphy, which is why we strongly urge engineers to enroll.
I. How to approach a core facility, equipment and instruments, photographing core, washing core, measuring grain-size and sorting and identification of lithology.
Lecture on sedimentary structures in fluvial and shallow marine siliciclastic successions
II. Core logging on cm-scale for grain-size, lithology, contacts, and sedimentary structures
I. Lectures on ichnology, the ichnofacies concept and biogenically enhanced permeability
II. Logging bioturbation index and identification of top 10 most common marine trace fossils, interpretation of ichnofacies and stressed vs “normal” trace fossil suites, using trace fossils to interpret common paralic depositional environments
I. Lecture on common river-wave and tide-influenced depositional environments in a shallow marine setting: Shorefaces, Deltas, Incised Valleys and Shelf-Sand Ridges
II. Core logging and interpretation of environments of deposition after completion of description.
I. Lecture on process sedimentology of deepwater siliciclastics: fluid vs sediment gravity flows, turbidity currents, debris flows, flow transformation, hybrid beds, delta derived density flows.
II. Identification and description of sediment gravity flows in core
Lecture on deepwater channels and lobes
Interpretation of logged core
I.Introduction to sequence stratigraphy of marginal marine siliciclastic depositional systems
Identification of key sequence stratigraphic surfaces such as the subaerial unconformity, maximum flooding surface, ravinement surfaces and flooding surfaces in core
Participants will then log a complete shoreface parasequence from the Western Interior Cretaceous Seaway
II. Lecture on borehole image logs and core to log calibration and the creation of electrofacies
Comparison of core with borehole image and gamma ray logs and correlation/mapping using electrofacies.
Core viewing at the USGS-CRC is in high-demand and to book the facility for five consecutive days is not easy and has to be done at least 5-6 months in advance. Therefore if you are interested in taking this course within the next 6 months, the booking has to be made as soon as possible to secure a spot.
This cost includes equipment, course manuals, hand-outs, exercise materials and pick-and-drop from hotel to core research center and lunches.