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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.

Grand Junction, Colorado
September 15–18, 2014

The QCL IA met on Monday, September 15th in Grand Junction, Colorado to discuss the 2014 research results of the fluvial-deltaic-shallow marine (FDSM) research program. Monday was devoted to a series of talks discussing our broad research program in FDSM depositional systems. Presentations included river-, wave- and tide- dominated systems under investigation including deposits of the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway, the Schrader Bluff and Prince Creek formations in northern Alaska. We also discussed processes and emplacement of shelf sands, incised surfaces, and modeling of FDSM depositional systems. Tuesday, September 16 through Thursday, September 18 were devoted to a three-day field course examining the nature of wave-dominated, tide-dominated, and mixed fluvial-wave-tide dominated shorelines, deltas, and associated incised valleys from Green River, Utah to Rangley, Colorado, in both along dip and along strike orientations. The group spent some time in the field examining and making comparisons between the wave-and storm-dominated systems of the Blackhawk Formation, the tide- and wave-dominated systems of the Sego Formation, and the mixed fluvial-wave-tide dominated systems of Loyd Formation.


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