Quantitative Clastics Laboratory
Dr. Lorena Moscardelli attended the 5th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences in Kyoto, Japan. More than 300 scientists from around the world congregated in Kyoto to present their research covering a variety of subfields that included dynamics of submarine and subaerial landslide dynamics, seafloor geomorphology and trigger mechanisms, postfailure dynamics, physical properties of sediments and slope stability assessment, mechanics of mass wasting in subduction margins, landslide-generated tsunamis, role of fluid flow in slope instability, and relevance of natural climate change in triggering slope failures. The conference was a great opportunity for an interchange of ideas and new developments in the area of submarine-landslide research.
Dr. Moscardelli also attended the postconference field trip to Boso Peninsula in Central Japan, during which several outcrops containing spectacular mass-transport deposits and turbidites were visited. One outcrop, located in the Tateyama area, shows the contact between the upper Miocene to lower Pliocene Miura-Boso accretionary prism (Nishizaki and Ishido formations) and the Pliocene trench-slope-basin sediments of the Minami-Boso Group. Click on images above to view larger. Oct 31, 2011
On Monday, October 24, Dallas Dunlap will be presenting a poster at the International AAPG Convention in Milan titled "Seismic Characteristics of Paleo-Volcanics Relative to Diapiric Salt in Rifted Basins," which details his investigation into differences in seismically imaged buried-salt and igneous structures. Oct 24, 2011
Vishal Maharaj is making his way to Milan to give an oral presentation at the International 2011 AAPG Convention. His talk, entitled "Revisiting models for mini-basin development and associated fill morphology and architecture under conditions of mobile substrates," will focus on key observations from the latest series of physical model experiments. With this research, Vishal is attempting to establish relationships between turbidity currents and the confining mini-basin topography they encounter. The goal for this component of his research is to develop a predictive model for investigating mini-basin stratigraphy in the subsurface. Vishal is using data from offshore Morocco and the Gulf of Mexico to build on these relationships. Hopefully he will get some time to take in some of the Italian geology as well! Oct 21, 2011
Dr. Lorena Moscardelli will be attending the 5th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences in Kyoto, Japan. She will be presenting her most recent work on "Deep-water erosional remnants in eastern offshore Trinidad as terrestrial analogs for teardrop-shaped islands on Mars: Implications for outflow channel formation" [abstract]. Dr. Moscardelli will be also attending the post-conference field trip to the Late Pliocene to Pleistocene Chikura Group in central Japan. Oct 20, 2011
Dr. Lorena Moscardelli will visit INPEX representatives in Tokyo while in Japan the week of October 24th–28th. While there, Dr. Moscardelli will meet with INPEX geoscientists and present an overview talk regarding the QCL IA to INPEX representatives.
Oct 20, 2011
Dr. Peter Flaig recently presented a poster at the Geological Society of America national meeting and convention. His poster entitled "Tectonically Driven Facies and Architectural Change across the Permian-Triassic Boundary, Beardmore Glacier Region, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica" described preliminary results from his work on fluvial-deltaic systems in the Beacon Basin of Antarctica during the 2010–2011 Austral summer. Peter also gave a talk "LiDAR-enhanced facies, architectural, and statistical analyses of a potential Paleocene reservoir: The Prince Creek Formation at Sagwon Bluffs, North Slope, Alaska" at the same meeting. Oct 18, 2011
Dolores van der Kolk and Dr. Peter Flaig recently returned from a successful field season in arctic Alaska where they collected additional data for Dolores's Ph.D. dissertation on Upper Cretaceous, high-latitude fluvial to marine greenhouse transitions in the Schrader Bluff and Prince Creek Formations. Oct 18, 2011
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Dallas Dunlap was an invited speaker at the 2011 Symposium of Petroleum Siesmogeology in Lanzhou, Gansu, China this July where he spoke on advanced imaging and blending techniques in stratal-time domains within carbonate and clastic environments. Aug 26, 2011
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After visiting with BP-Alaska and ConocoPhillips in Anchorage, Alaska, Dolores van der Kolk and Dr. Peter Flaig test their boat on the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska. Dolores and Peter depart tomorrow for a 3 week field season along Colville River on the North Slope to collect data for Dolores' Ph.D. dissertation. Aug 15, 2011
This week (July 31st) Dolores van der Kolk and Dr. Peter Flaig begin a one month visit to Alaska on a two-fold mission. In early August they visit with BP Exploration-Alaska and ConocoPhillips to discuss Dolores' Ph.D. research on the shallow-marine Schrader Bluff Formation and the transition of the Schrader Bluff into the coastal plain deposits of the continental Prince Creek Formation. Both formations are shallow North Slope reservoirs thought to contain considerable reserves (20+ billion barrels) of viscous-to-heavy oil. During mid to late August Dolores and Pete will fly in light aircraft to the Colville River on the North Slope to conduct a 20 day long field season. This year is the second season of fieldwork for Dolores van der Kolk's Ph.D. research on the Cretaceous strata along the Colville. They hope to complete their measurement of a 500 m-thick succession exposed in 50-100 m bluffs along the river, and finish collecting samples for palynology, micropaleontology, ichnology, geochronology, stable isotope geochemistry, and sandstone petrology. Click on photos below to view larger. Aug 1, 2011
In the spring of 2011 Dolores van der Kolk and Dr. Peter Flaig presented a series of talks and posters at the AAPG Pacific Section meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Their presentations focused on ongoing research they are perusing on the Cretaceous through Paleocene strata on the North Slope of Alaska. Subjects included a geochemical and sedimentologic evaluation of a marine mudstone (North Slope source rock); a LiDAR-enhanced facies, architectural, and reservoir analysis of a high-accommodation, low net to gross coastal plain succession; and a sedimentological and ichnological analysis of a shoreface to coastal plain transition. Aug 1, 2011
Dr. Peter Flaig and Dolores van der Kolk recently returned from leading the GeoFORCE 10th Grade Academy on a trip to the Southwestern United States and the Grand Canyon. Click on photos below to view larger. Jul 22, 2011
Dr. Peter Flaig was nominated for an SEPM "Best Presentation" Award at the 2011 AAPG/SEPM annual meeting in Houston, TX. He received a certificate of recognition for his technical presentation entitled "Accommodation as a Control on Coastal-Plain Architectures: Observations and Analyses of the Cretaceous versus Paleocene Prince Creek Formation, North Slope, Alaska".
Jul 22, 2011
Lorena Moscardelli and Lesli Wood's paper, Deep-Water Erosional Remnants in Eastern Offshore Trinidad as Terrestrial Analogs for Teardrop-Shaped Islands on Mars: Implications for Outflow Channel Formation, which was published in a recent volume of Geology, was featured in the June 21 edition of Wired Science: News for Your Neurons on the internet. In the article, "Streamlined Islands Could Mean Ancient Oceans on Mars" by Lisa Grossman, Lorena talks about her underwater work in Trinidad and is quoted as saying "Most analogies between Earth and Mars are made using continental (on-land) data sets or environments because that data is easier to gather. I am providing for the first time, as far as I know, a deep-water terrestrial analog." Jun 27, 2011
Geology will publish Deep-Water Erosional Remnants in Eastern Offshore Trinidad as Terrestrial Analogs for Teardrop-Shaped Islands on Mars: Implications for Outflow Channel Formation by Lorena Moscardelli and Lesli Wood in its July edition. The paper was published online May 24 and is currently available to subscribers of Geology. In this paper, the authors proposed that teardrop-shaped islands located in the circum-Chryse Planitia region on Mars were formed by erosion as part of a series of subaqueous mass wasting events. The authors used a deep-water terrestrial analog located in eastern offshore Trinidad to highlight similarities between the Martian and terrestrial features. A better understanding of flow conditions within the outflow channels of Mars could help unravel aspects of their origin and feasibility of the existence of a standing body of water in the northern plains of Mars. Click image on right for full image and diagram. Jun 2, 2011
QCL IA Research Graduate Kurtus Woolf (Ph.D. Candidate, center) placed second in the Student Poster Session awards at the recent AAPG meeting in Houston Texas for his work Sequence to Architectural-Element Framework of the Tuscaloosa Massive Sandstone, Eastern Gulf of Mexico Province, U.S.A. Kurtus' posters and papers can be found by QCL IA member companies in the 2011 archived materials. Further work is available upon request. His work will be presented at the Fall Meeting of the Consortium the last week of September 2011. Apr 22, 2011
Darrin Burton was the featured speaker at the BEG's Spring Seminar Series on April 15. The title of his talk was Seismic Geomorphology and Tectonostratigraphic Fill of Half Grabens, West Natuna Basin, Indonesia. Click here for abstract and watch streaming video of the presentation here.
Apr 18, 2011
Dr. Lesli Wood was the featured speaker at the BEG's Spring Seminar Series on March 18. The title of her talk was On Beyond Zebra: Moving from deep water deposit models to successful integrated modeling of deep water deposits. Click here for abstract and watch streaming video of the presentation here. Apr 18, 2011
Kadira Singh (M.Sc. 2011) presented an oral lunch time presentation for the New Orleans Geological Society on Monday February 7, 2011. The subject was the content of her award winning 2010 AAPG Top 10 Poster Presentation titled The Impact of Meteorites on Earth's History and its Implications for Hydrocarbon Production. Kadira currently works as a Geologist with Anadarko in the Woodlands-Houston area. A manuscript from her paper is forthcoming. Feb 8, 2011
QCL Researcher Dr. Peter Flaig spent Christmas at a base camp on the Beardmore Glacier in the Trans-Antarctic Mountains. Peter is working in collaboration with Dr. Steven Hasiotis of the University of Kansas on an NSF-funded study of the Triassic and Jurassic stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Trans-Antarctic Mountains. Prior to heading out to base camp, Peter spent time in McMurdo Station preparing the Research Group's gear and supplies, as well as receiving training in Mountaineering, Snow Machine, and Antarctic Survival. This picture was taken on the ridge overlooking McMurdo Station with Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano on the planet, in the background. Peter will return home in February. Jan 28, 2011
Congratulations Dolores van der Kolk and co-authors for receiving an award as one of the "Top 10 Poster Presentations" at the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, September 2010 held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada! Dolore's poster titled "Geochemistry, Sedimentology, and Stratigraphy of the Lower Cretaceous Pebble Shale Unit, Northeastern Alaska" stemmed from her master's work at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and is part of an ongoing research program that she and Dr. Peter Flaig are carrying out on the North Slope of Alaska as part of her doctoral work with the QCL IA. Cathy Brown and John Ames, with the BEG Media Services Group were instrumental in the design and graphic quality of the winning work. Nice job team! Van der Kolk's poster is available to all QCL IA members through their link to the 2010 Members Folder. Jan 5, 2011