The 2014 Applied Geodynamics Laboratory Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday–Friday, November 13–14 in the Commons Center at the JJ Pickle Research Campus in Austin.

Slide Set 32 from the 2013 Applied Geodynamics Laboratory Annual Meeting is available in the Member's Area.

Salt animation updates - please see the slide set page in the Members' Area

September 2014
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Mike Hudec visited Marathon’s Houston office on September 8 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. 10/14

Mike Hudec led four field trips to the Paradox Basin in September. Three of the trips were single-company excursions for CGG, Statoil, and Kosmos Energy. The fourth trip was an open trip involving delegates from Apache, BHP, ConocoPhillips, Freeport-McMoRan, Nexen, Noble, Repsol, Shell, and Woodside. 10/14

Photo: Upturned beds against the north flank of the Onion Creek diapir, Paradox Basin, Utah. Photo taken by Bryce Wagner.

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August 2014
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On the 8th August 2014 Dan Carruthers got married to Jennifer Turner in Uppermill, Saddlesworth (NW England) before spending their honeymoon in Paris. 9/14

Mike Hudec visited Apache’s Houston office on August 28 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as a benefit of Apache’s membership in the AGL consortium. 9/14

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Mike Hudec visited the Houston offices of Ecopetrol on August 29 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as a benefit of Ecopetrol’s membership in the AGL consortium. 9/14

Maria Nikolinakou attended the GeoMod Conference in Potsdam, Germany August 31-September 5 and presented her talk “Modeling stress evolution around a rising salt diaper”. 9/14

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July 2014
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Mike Hudec was interviewed by filmmaker Wendy Taylor of Arizona State University for a Virtual Field Trip to Upheaval Dome, Utah. The origin of Upheaval Dome is contentious, with competing hypotheses of meteor impact and pinched-off salt dome. Mike was presenting arguments in favor of the salt-dome hypothesis. The virtual field trip can be found online here, or Mike’s 19 podcasts can be found on YouTube here. If we all work together we can push Mike’s YouTube hits up into the double digits! 8/14

Mike Hudec visited CGG’s Houston office on June 30–July 3 to discuss salt tectonics in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of CGG’s membership in the AGL consortium. 8/14

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On July 7-9, 2014 Maria Nikolinakou attended the MIT Professional Education short course: “Leadership Skills for Engineering and Science Faculty”. 8/14

On July 16, Mike Hudec gave a presentation entitled “Eastern gulf of Mexico Geological Review” at CGG’s Florida 3D Seismic Survey Results Luncheon in Houston. The visit was provided as part of CGG’s membership in the AGL consortium. 8/14

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Mike Hudec visited Maersk’s Houston office on July 16 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Maersk’s membership in the AGL consortium. 8/14

 Mike Hudec presented a short course entitled “Advanced Salt Tectonics – Geologic Principles for Seismic Interpretation in the Northern Gulf of Mexico” at CGG in Houston on July 21–22. 8/14

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New publication:

Harrison, J.C., and Jackson, M.P.A., 2014, Exposed evaporite diapirs and minibasins above a canopy in central Sverdrup Basin, Axel Heiberg Island, Artic Canada: Basin Research, 26 (4), 567-596, doi: 10.1111/bre.12037 8/14

 

New publication:

Jackson, C.A.-L., Carruthers, D.T., Mahlo, S.N., and Briggs, O., 2014 Can polygonal faults help locate deepwater reservoirs?: AAPG Bulletin, in press, doi: 10.1306/03131413104 8/14

 

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New publication:

Nikolinakou, M.A., Hudec, M.R.,  and Flemings, P.B., 2014, Comparison of evolutionary and static modeling of stresses around a salt diapir, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 57, p. 537-545, doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.07.002 8/14

New publication:

Weijermars, R., 2014, Visualization of space competition and plume formation with complex potentials for multiple source flows: Some examples and novel application to Chao lava flow (Chile): Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, Vol. 119, Issue 3, 2397-2414, doi: 10.1002/2013JB010608 8/14

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New publication:

Weijermars, R., Jackson, M.P.A., and van Harmelen, A., 2014, Closure of open wellbores in creeping salt sheets: Geophysical Journal International, 196 (1), 279-290, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt346 8/14

June 2014

Maria Nikolinakou attended the 48th U.S. Rock Mechancis/Geomechanics Symposium in Minneapolis MN June 1-4, 2014 and presented the talk: "Comparison of evolutionary and static modeling of stresses around a salt dome: "The importance of modeling the past". Maria was co-organizer for the career center and student trivia contest events, as well as the “how to give an effective presentation” workshop. She represented the ARMA Future Leader during the Board meeting. She also participated in the Soudan Mine technical tour. 7/14

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New publication:

Quantifying drag on wellbore casings in moving salt sheets: Geophysical Journal International 198, Vol. 2, 965-977, doi:10.1093/gji/ggul174

Weijermars, R., Jackson, M.P.A., Dooley, T.P. 7/14

 

May 2014

May 1 - AGL is pleased to announce three job openings:

Position #1: Early-career salt tectonics. We are looking for expertise in structural geology or stratigraphy with interests in structure. The research scientists will study the evolution of salt structures using 3D seismic data and section restoration to determine principles governing their behavior. Experience with workstation seismic interpretation is required, and experience in salt basins or section restoration would be beneficial. We hope to fill this position either with a postdoc or with somebody having 0–10 years of work experience. We will begin reviewing applications on June 1. More information and instructions for application are available on-line at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/140509030708.

Position #2: Mid-career salt tectonics. We are looking for expertise in structural geology or stratigraphy with interests in structure. The research scientists will study the evolution of salt structures using 3D seismic data and section restoration to determine principles governing their behavior. Experience with workstation seismic interpretation is required, and experience in salt basins or section restoration would be beneficial. Qualified individuals should have 10–25 years of experience. We will begin reviewing applications on June 1. More information and instructions for application are available on-line at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/140509010708.

Position #3: Early-career geomechanics. We are looking for expertise in geomechanical numerical modeling and soil/rock mechanics, and experience modeling fluid flow in conjunction with large deformations. The candidate will be part of an integrated team of geologists and engineers and use state-of-the-art numerical modeling to couple complex soil behavior with geological-scale deformation in settings ranging from salt basins to thrust belts. We hope to fill this position either with a postdoc or with somebody having 0–10 years of work experience. We will begin reviewing applications on June 1. More information and instructions for application are available on-line at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/140509020708.

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Maria Nikolinakou spent two weeks in Boston at MIT in order to finalize her PhD papers. 7/14

On May 23 Mike Hudec met with filmmaker Wendy Taylor from the Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration to film a series of podcasts on the salt-tectonics model for the origin of Upheaval Dome, Utah. ASU is building a series of web-based virtual field trips with funding through the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The virtual field trip will present both the meteor-impact and salt-dome-pinchoff models for the evolution of the enigmatic structure. 5/14

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May 30 – AL bids a regretful farewell to Gang Luo, who leaves us to accept a faculty position at the University of Chinese National Academy of Sciences in Beijing. Gang joined AGL in 2009, and (with Maria Nikolinakou) was instrumental in re-inaugurating AGL’s finite-element-modeling program in collaboration with Peter Flemings’ UTGeoFluids consortium. Gang’s expertise and sense of humor will be sorely missed, but we wish him all the best in his new assignment. 5/14

New publication:

Predicting the depth of viscous stress peaks in moving salt sheets: Conceptual framework and implications for drilling: AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, No. 5, p. 911-945 doi: 10.1306/09121313044 7/14

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April 2014
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Tim Dooley attended the 2014 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston, Texas from April 6-9. Whilst there Tim presented a poster entitled "Squeezing a Large Canopy on a Slope:  Suturing Patterns, Subsalt Thrusting and Suprasalt Extension and Salt Expulsion", coauthored by Martin Jackson and Mike Hudec.

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Chris Jackson visited AGL on April 28 – May 9 to complete work on two papers associated with Chris’ sabbatical in AGL in 2012–13. The papers deal with salt tectonics and regional evolution of the Santos Basin, Brazil. 5/14

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March 2014
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Mike Hudec visited the offices of CGG, WesternGeco, ION, and PGS in Houston on March 10–11 to discuss salt tectonics in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of ION’s and Pemex’s memberships in the AGL consortium. 5/14

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Maria Nikolinakou was invited to present at the SPE/AAPG/SEG Pore Pressure Workshop in San Antonio, Texas on March 10-12, 2014. She presented a talk on the "Impact of salt diapir evolution on stress and pressure". 7/14

Mike Hudec visited the Houston office of PGS on March 24 to discuss salt tectonics in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of PGS’s membership in the AGL consortium. 5/14

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New publication:

Breakout of squeezed stocks: dispersal of roof fragments, source of extrusive salt and interaction with regional thrust faults
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New publication:

 Modeling stress evolution around a rising salt diapir, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 51, p. 230-238, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2013.11.021.

Nikolinakou, M.A., Flemings, P.B., and Hudec, M.R

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February 2014
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Maria Nikolinakou visited the offices of Hess on February 25, 2014 and presented a talk titled "modeling stress evolution around a salt dome". 7/14

Mike Hudec visited Pemex’s offices in Villahermosa on February 17–20. While in Villahermosa, Mike taught a short course on salt tectonics and consulted on salt structural styles in the southern Gulf of Mexico. 5/14

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On Feb. 12, 2014 Maria Nikolinakou presented a talk titled "Modeling stress evolution around a rising salt dome" at the Houston Geomechanics series. 7/14

Mike Hudec visited Marathon’s Houston office on February 25 to discuss salt tectonics in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Marathon’s membership in the AGL consortium. 5/14

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Mike Hudec visited BHP’s offices in Houston on February 26–28. During the visit Mike taught a short course in salt tectonics and discussed salt structures in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Part of the visit was provided as part of BHP’s membership in the AGL consortium. 5/14

January 2014

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On January 10, Mike Hudec gave a presentation entitled “Salt-sheet emplacement and drilling hazards” at the January meeting of the Operators’ Geohazards Forum (OGF) in Houston. AGL researchers Maria Nikolinakou, Tim Dooley, Martin Jackson, and Gang Luo were all coauthors on the talk. 5/14

On January 13, 2014, Maria Nikolinakou visited the offices of Cobalt and presented a talk on stress redistribution around salt bodies. 7/14

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Mike Hudec visited the Houston office of Noble Energy on January 23 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Noble’s membership in the AGL consortium. 5/14

New publication:

Sawyer, D. E., Flemings, P. B., and Nikolinakou, M. A., 2013, Continuous deep-seated slope failure recycles sediments and limits levee height in submarine channels: Geology, v. 42, no. 1, doi: 10.1130/G34870.1.

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December 2013

New publication:

Carruthers, D., Cartwright, J., Jackson, M. P. A., & Schutjens, P. (2013). Marine and Petroleum Geology. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 48(c), 130–148. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2013.08.001

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On December 9, Mike Hudec visited Shell’s Houston office to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Shell’s membership in the AGL consortium. 5/14

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Mike Hudec visited the Houston office of TGS on December 10 to discuss salt interpretation in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of TGS’ membership in the AGL consortium. 5/14

November 2013

Mike Hudec visited ExxonMobil’s Houston office on November 20 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of ExxonMobil’s membership in the AGL consortium.11/13

Mike Hudec visited the Houston office of Maersk Oil on November 19 to discuss salt tectonics in West Africa. 11/13

Mike Hudec visited Baylor University in Waco, TX on November 15 to give a presentation on the geologic evolution of the Gulf of Mexico. Mike’s youngest daughter is currently a senior at Baylor. 11/13

More than 360 delegates from 36 companies registered to attend the 25th annual AGL Industrial Associates Meeting, held in Austin on November 12–13. Attendees heard 20 presentations on salt tectonics from around the world, as well as physical, analytical, and numerical modeling. AGL’s Dan Carruthers, Tim Dooley, Mahdi Heidari, Mike Hudec, Chris Jackson, Martin Jackson, Gang Luo, Maria Nikolinakou, and Ruud Weijermars all gave presentations, along with George Burg of Condor Petroleum and Charlie Kergaravat of Université de Pau et des Pays de L’Adour. 11/13

October 2013

Mike Hudec received two awards for a presentation given at the 2012 GCAGS annual meeting. Mike won the 2012 A. I. Levorsen Memorial Award, recognizing the best paper presented, with particular emphasis on creative thinking toward new ideas in exploration. Hudec also received the 2012 GCAGS/GCSSEPM Thomas A. Philpott Excellence of Presentation Award for his paper, "Explanation for Differences in Deepwater Salt Tectonics between the North-Central and Northwestern Gulf of Mexico." 10/13

On October 9, Martin Jackson visited the Houston office of Cobalt International Energy to discuss salt tectonics in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Cobalt’s membership in the AGL consortium. 10/13

Mike Hudec visited Woodside’s offices in Perth, Australia on October 7-11. During the visit Mike taught a short course in salt tectonics, and discussed salt tectonics in a variety of African salt basins. Portions of the visit were provided as part of Woodside’s membership in the AGL consortium. 10/13

New Publications:

Hudec, M. R., Norton, Ian, Jackson, M. P. A., and Peel, Frank, 2013, Jurassic evolution of the Gulf of Mexico salt basin: AAPG Bulletin, v. 97, no. 10, p. 1683–1710.

Hudec, M. R., Jackson, M. P. A., and Peel, Frank, 2013, Influence of deep Louann structure on the evolution of the northern Gulf of Mexico: AAPG Bulletin, v. 97, no. 10, p. 1711–1735.

Dooley, T. P., Jackson, M. P. A., and Hudec, M. R., 2013, Coeval extension and shortening above and below salt canopies on an uplifted, continental margin: Application to the northern Gulf of Mexico: AAPG Bulletin, v. 97, no. 10, p. 1737-1735.

September 2013
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Mike Hudec led a Paradox Basin field trip for CGGVeritas on September 21–23. 09/13

Ruud Weijermars visited AGL in Austin on September 30-October 2 to discuss ongoing collaborative research. Ruud's work is focused on analytical models for salt-sheet emplacement, and will be presented at the 2013 AGL annual meeting 09/13

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Maria Nikolinakou attended the MIT Leadership Conference September 27-28, 2013. Sessions included topics on volunteering for regional high school students as well as training for interviewing and guiding local students interest in attending MIT.7/14

Tim Dooley attended the 1st International Workshop on Advances in Quantitative Analog Modeling at GFZ Potsdam, Germany from September 22-26th. He visited the tectonic modeling laboratories at GFZ with lab director, Matthias Rosenau, and Juergan Adam from Royal Holloway. 09/13

Mike Hudec led a Paradox Basin field trip for Statoil on September 16-20, along with Statoil geoscientists Rob Hunsdale, Jamie Vinnels, Scott Young and Mike Cogan. Heavy rains washed out some of the field stops, but all involved adjusted to the conditions and enjoyed the trip. Left: Repairing a washed-out stream crossing on the road into Onion Creek. Photograph by Mike Cogan. 09/13

On September 12-22, Martin Jackson visited the Sivas basin in central Turkey for a field trip of well-exposed evaporite diapirs and minibasins. The trip was sponsored by Total and led by PhD students, Charlie Kergaravat and Charlotte Ribes (Université de Pau et des Pays de L’Adour) and by Haluk Temiz (University of Sivas), and joined by Jean-Claude Ringenbach (Total) and Jean-Paul Callot (Université de Pau et des Pays de L’Adour). 09/13

Mike Hudec visited Maersk Oil’s Houston office on September 11–12 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. Portions of the visit were provided as part of Maersk’s membership in the AGL consortium. 09/13

Mike Hudec visited Marathon’s Houston office on September 9–10 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. 09/13

August 2013

On August 22, Martin Jackson joined 75 other faculty, researchers, and graduate students from UT’s Jackson School of Geosciences and Department of Petroleum Engineering on a Statoil-sponsored field trip to the fjords of Spitsbergen, the principal island in Svalbard. This six-day multidisciplinary trip was ship-based on the MS Expedition and featured daily excursions to outcrops and to a sumptuous ship’s dining room. See here for more details. 08/13

Mike Hudec visited the Houston office of WesternGeco on August 13 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of WesternGeco’s membership in the AGL consortium. 08/13

July 2013

On July 9-12, 2013 Maria Nikolinakou attended the 5th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, in Vienna, Austria, and presented the talk: "Pore pressure and stress around dipping structures". The conference was a big reunion for the poromechanical community, as it celebrated 50 years from Terzaghi's death, and featured a visit to Terzaghi's laboratory, which includes his original device on measuring pore pressure during triaxial loading, and his original notes on the theory of consolidation. 07/13

Maria Nikolinakou became a member of the MIT Educational Council for Central Texas. 07/13

Ruud Weijermars visited AGL in Austin on July 8-10 to discuss ongoing collaborative research. Ruud’s work is focused on analytical models for salt-sheet emplacement, and will be presented at the 2013 AGL annual meeting. 07/13

June 2013

Mike Hudec visited the Houston office of BHPBilliton on June 27 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of BHPBilliton’s membership in the AGL consortium 06/13

Maria Nikolinakou attended the 47th U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, in San Francisco, CA; and presented the talk: Geomechanical modeling of the Mad Dog salt, Gulf of Mexico (paper 13-234, downloadable from the one-petro website). Maria was member of the organizing committee for ARMA 2013, chair of the paper awards committee, and co-organizer for the career center and student trivia contest events. She also participated in "The Geysers" technical tour. 06/13

On June 5, the Geological Society of London awarded the William Smith Medal (For outstanding research in applied geology”) to Martin Jackson and the Bigsby Medal (“For work of great merit”) to Chris Jackson at Burlington House, London. 06/13

Mike Hudec participated in a field project in the Sivas Basin, Turkey, from May 31-June 14. The field party was organized by the University of Pau and Total, and featured as many as 15 faculty, students, Total geoscientists, and consultants. The fieldwork is aimed at understanding the salt tectonics, minibasin stratigraphy, and compressional deformation affecting a spectacularly exposed but hitherto-unknown salt basin in central Turkey. [image to left: Mike Hudec, Rod Graham, and Jean Letouzey eating lunch in the field.] 06/13

May 2013

Mike Hudec led a salt-tectonics field trip to the Paradox Basin, Utah on May 21-25. The trip was attended by representatives from Apache, Maersk, Marathon, Nexen, Nobel, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, and Statoil. 05/13

On may 8th Maria Nikolinakou visited Schlumberger in Houston and presented her work on "Modeling stress evolution around a rising salt dome". She later gave a late-night webminar on the same topic for the Far-East Schlumberger offices. 05/13

Mike Hudec visited CGGVeritas’ Houston office on May 7 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of CGGVeritas’ membership in the AGL consortium. 05/13

Peter Flemings and Maria Nikolinakou visited Anadarko in Houston. Maria presented her work on "Modeling stress evolution around a rising salt dome". 05/13

April 2013

Mike Hudec presented a salt-tectonics short course and led a Paradox Basin field trip to staff from Cairn Energy on April 26-May 3. Cairn is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. 04/13

March 2013

Mike Hudec presented a short course on seismic interpretation of salt structures in CGGVeritas’ Houston office on March 25-26.

Mike Hudec gave a presentation on volcanic eruptions and other geologic processes at Blazier Elementary School on March 6. The presentation was attended by more than 200 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Right: Mike demonstrates the law of superposition, in preparation for using a leaf-blower to demonstrate erosion. Kudos to Tim Dooley for the colored sand! 03/13

February 2013

Mike Hudec visited Marathon’s Houston office on February 25-26 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. Parts of the visit were provided as part of Marathon’s membership in the AGL consortium. 02/13

Chris Jackson began his tour as an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer in February, visiting Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, California and Nebraska. He returned in one piece. 02/13

Ruud Weijermars visited AGL in Austin on February 18-20 to discuss ongoing collaborative research. Ruud’s work is focused on analytical models for salt-sheet emplacement, and will be presented at the 2013 AGL annual meeting. 02/13

Dan Carruthers began his postdoctoral position at AGL on February 18 after graduating with a PhD from Cardiff University in January 2013. Dan worked with Joe Cartwright and Tiago Alves in Cardiff University’s 3D Seismic Lab where he studied salt-related fault families in the UK Central Graben and Espírito Santo Basin (SE Brazil). Dan is currently working on salt tectonics in the deepwater Campos basin, offshore Brazil. The project is focused on; 1) structural styles and origin of mini basins within fallen diapirs, and 2) complex evolution and zonation of salt-related structural domains. 02/13

Mike Hudec visited the Houston office of Noble Energy on February 1 to discuss salt tectonics in the Gulf of Mexico. The visit was provided as part of Noble’s membership in the AGL consortium. 02/13

January 2013

In January Martin Jackson spent a week in Rabat, presenting a short course and consulting on salt tectonics in offshore Morocco for the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM). 01/13

Mike Hudec presented a talk entitled “Explanation for differences in deepwater salt tectonics between the north-central and northwestern Gulf of Mexico” for the New Orleans Geological Society on January 7. The talk was part of the Society’s monthly luncheon series. 01/13

 

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