Quantitative Clastics Laboratory
The Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL) carries out geologic studies of the processes, tectonics, and quantitative morphology of basins around the world. QCL research emphasizes the use of mega-merged 3D seismic data sets for quantitative seismic geomorphologic study of the basin fill, evaluation of source-to-sink relationships between the shelf, slope and deep basin and analyses of the influence of tectonics and fluids (such as gas hydrates) on the evolution of these complex continental margin settings. The program was established in 2001 and is funded by a consortium of oil companies and supported by numerous software vendors and foreign energy ministries. The QCL is widely considered the world's premier research group in the application of seismic geomorphology to reservoir characterizations, and is a Jackson School of Geosciences collaboration between the Department of Geosciences, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Institute for Geophysics.
Austin, Texas and Fort Smith, Arkansas
March 31 through April 5, 2014
The QCL IA will hold its 2014 Deepwater Systems meeting in Austin, Texas on April 4. This all-day meeting will be held to discuss 2013–2014 worldwide deepwater research results and to discuss our ongoing research plans. A pre-meeting field trip will be run from Monday March 31 through Thursday April 3 to visit the high net:gross deepwater deposits of the Pennsylvanian-age Jackfork Group (Morrowan) of central Arkansas, as well as the Atoka Formation (Atokan). A post-meeting core workshop will be held on Saturday April 5 to view and discuss a suite of four core collected through the canyons and slop- location deepwater facies and facies associations (channels, levees, contourites, mass transport deposits) of the Wilcox (Eocene)depositional systems.
Presentations on Friday will include work in current-driven deepwater deposits, influence of shelf and shelf-edge structure on deepwater deposits, late Cretaceous clastics of the northeastern GOM, healing phase top fills over mass transport deposits, petrophysical character and sealing nature of EGOM mass transport deposits, and presentations on the reservoir performance predictability of offlapping lobes.
The field course will start in Fort Smith, Arkansas the evening of March 30 and end Thursday April 3 at noon in Little Rock, Arkansas. We will examine the facies and facies associations of the Jackfork Group deepwater deposits, then hope to see the overlying deltaic units of the Atoka Formation. We will visit several classic localities in these units and talk about work that we hope to do looking at the mass transport deposits and overlying turbidites in this foreland basin trough.
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