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.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
September 28 through October 2, 2013
The QCL IA will meet on Saturday, September 28, in Albuquerque, New Mexico to discuss the 2013 research results of the fluvial-deltaic-shallow marine research program. Sunday, September 29 through Wednesday, October 2 we will lead a core workshop and field course to examine the systems of the late highstand/falling stage Gallup Formation, associated Torrivio lowstand, and associated transgressive and highstand units of the Mancos Shale—the Tocito Lentil, the El Vado Sandstone and the more proximal transgressive and highstand units of the Dilco Coal, Borrego Pass Ss and the Dalton Ss.
Our students and researchers will present current work that is being performed in the Taranaki Basin, North Slope of Alaska, McMurray formation in Canada, northwest Colorado, eastern Utah, and in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico. Primary themes during the meeting include the influence of structure in the transfer of sediments across distal shelves, low net:gross liquid hydrocarbon reservoirs, prediction of energy envelops on shelf systems and their influence on the basinward distribution of coarse grained sediments, as well as many other topics. We look forward to seeing all of our member companies in September.
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