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May 2011

Members of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) were present in force at the 10th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture and Sequestration in Pittsburgh, May 2–5. Those presenting talks and posters included (top row) Susan Hovorka, Vanessa Nuñez-López, JP Nicot, Katherine Romanak, (bottom row) Tip Meckel, Seyyed Hosseini, and Erin Miller. More than 700 attended the annual conference sponsored by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. To learn more about GCCC and its current projects, click here.


Tucker Hentz On May 10 Tucker Hentz presented an invited luncheon talk to the Tulsa Geological Society titled "Sequence Stratigraphy, Depositional Settings, and Production Trends of the Middle and Upper Pennsylvanian Cleveland and Marmaton Tight-Gas Sandstones, Northwest Anadarko Basin," which was co-authored by Bill Ambrose. More than 100 people attended, which is testimony to the current interest in the active Cleveland and Marmaton plays in the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma. The presentation is a summary of a STARR-funded project. Full details will be published this summer in BEG Report of Investigations No. 275.

Ares Valles: click to see full image

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.

 
Martin Jackson
Martin Jackson of the Bureau's Applied Geodynamics Laboratory recently taught a short course on contractional salt tectonics for Maersk Oil in Cardona, Spain, and participated in field excursions in the Ebro foreland basin in the Pyrenean foothills that were led by Jaume Vergés. The group also visited exposures in the Cardona salt mine, the frontal anticlines, and the footwall growth strata of Sant Llorenç de Morunys. Jackson later visited Condor Petroleum in Calgary to teach a short course on salt tectonics and consult on the Precaspian basin in Kazakhstan.

Paradox Basin, Utah
During the week of May 15-20, Mike Hudec led a field trip titled “Salt and Extensional Tectonics in the Paradox Basin, Utah,” which 32 delegates from BP, Encana, Fugro, Nexen, Repsol, Samson, and Saudi Aramco attended. Topics in the field included the influence of salt in gravity-driven deformation, deformation associated with salt-sheet emplacement, diapir pinch-off, extensional diapirism, and reservoir distribution around salt structures. Utah scenery and geology made up for the unseasonably cold, wet conditions.

 

 

 

 
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