Chris Jackson visited CORE Energy AS in Stavanger, Norway (22nd June) to look at Upper Jurassic deep-water core from Halten Terrace, offshore Norway. It. Was. Awesome. Containing lots of exotic sedimentary facies, which seemingly are indicative of large amounts of sediment bypass into deeper-water...
Thanks to Dr Andras Fall from the FRAC Group at the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG), University of Texas at Austin, US who visited ESE (June 25th) to present a talk on the use of fluid inclusions to understand fracture growth. Despite being outside of term time, the talk was very well attended and enthusiastically received! Thanks also to Veerle Vandeginste who helped organise the visit!
O’Driscoll B., Ferré E., Stevenson C.T.E., Magee C., 2015, The significance of magnetic fabrics in layered mafic-ultramafic intrusions, in Layered Intrusions (Eds., Charlier B, Namur O, Latypov R, Tegner C), Springer, 295-330
Magee C., Maharaj S.M., Wrona T., Jackson C.A-L., 2015, Controls on the seismic expression of igneous intrusions in seismic reflection data, Geosphere, 11, 1-18
Bertazzo, S., Maidment, S.C.R., Kallepitis, C., Fearn, S., Stevens, M.M., Xie, H. (2015). Fibres and cellular strucutres preserved in 75-million-year-old dinosaur specimens. Nature Communications 6, 7352.
Bates, K.T., Falkingham, P.L., Macaulay, S., Brassey, C., Maidment, S.C.R. (2015). Downsizing a giant: re-evaluating Dreadnoughtus body mass. Biology Letters 11, 20150215.
Chris Jackson has been elected to sit on the committee for the AAPG Distinguished Lecturer Program. He attended his first committee meeting at AAPG in Denver and, along with several other academic and industry representatives from around the world, Chris will be involved in selecting Distinguished Lecturers for the AAPG’s National and International lecture programs. Chris served as the AAPG Allan P. Bennison Distinguished Lecturer in 2013.
Craig Magee accompanied Ian Bastow on a research visit to the University of Florence where they discussed how best to kick down the doors of science blocking advancements in the world of continental rifting and associated magmatism. Fuelled by good food, good beer, good beer, and stunning architecture work is already underway to further develop the collaboration.
Craig Magee attended the “Rockall Basin: Ireland and UK Industry Awareness Seminar” held at the Geological Society (12th June) where he was involved with discussions concerning the impact that igneous sill-complexes may have petroleum system development.
Bruce Levell (University of Oxford), Howard Johnson, Dan Collins and Marijn van Cappelle did fieldwork on the Proterozoic Jura Quartzite on the islands of Islay and Jura in SW Scotland. The main focus was on the sedimentology of these deposits (photos below).
There were three contributions from the Basins group to the Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs conference at the Geological Society where Gary Hampson was one of the convenors. The other two contributions were from Gary and Dan Collins. We also visited a two-day core-workshop after the conference.
Marijn van Cappelle, Rodmar Ravnås, Gary Hampson & Howard Johnson, 2015, Spatial and temporal changes in depositional processes in a progradational mixed-influence deltaic succession: Jurassic Ile Formation, Halten Terrace, Offshore Norway. Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs: Recent advances and their applications, The Geological Society, London (oral presentation).
Along with Dr Dave Hodgson, University of Leeds StratGroup supremo, Chris Jackson ran the Derby Ramathon on June 7th. It was Dave’s first half-marathon, and around 4000 people and the sun came out to celebrate it with him. They crossed the line in 2:01:58. Damn that 1:58…
Geological and Geophysical Expression of a Primary Salt Weld: An Example From the Santos Basin, Brazil
Protracted Fault Growth and Reactivation in Multiphase Rift Basins: Structural Evolution of the East Shetland Basin, Northern North Sea
Geometry, Spatial Arrangement and Connectivity of Grain-Dominated, Storm-Event Deposits in Outcrop Analogue of Late Jurassic Arab-D Reservoir, Saudi Arabia
Mass-Balance Constraints on Stratigraphic Interpretation of Linked Alluvial-Coastal-Shelfal Deposits: Cretaceous Western Interior Basin, Utah and Colorado, USA
Controls on Mixed-Energy Sedimentation Across the Miocene Baram Delta Province, NW Borneo
Structural Style of Normal Fault Inversion and Implications for the Hydrocarbon Potential of Rift Basins: Insights from Bornu Basin, Onshore NE Nigeria
Oliver Duffy (2 posters)
Dynamic Topology: A New Approach to Help Distinguish Modes of Rift Fault Network Formation?
The Growth and Interaction of Faults in Multiphase Rifts: Horda Platform, Norwegian North Sea
Strain Migration During Multiphase Extension: Observations From the Northern North Sea
Identifying Basement Heterogeneities and Evaluating Their Influence on Normal Fault Characteristics
The Influence of the Selective Reactivation of Ancient Intra-Basement Thrusts on the Geometry and Evolution of Rift Systems
Tectono-Stratigraphic Evolution of the Bornu Basin, Nigeria: Linking Plate Boundary and Plate Interior Geodynamics and Implications for the Opening of the South Atlantic Ocean
Marijn van Cappelle
Spatial Changes in Depositional Processes in a Progradational Mixed-Influence Deltaic Succession, Jurassic Lower Ile Formation, Halten Terrace, Offshore Norway
Autogenic, Allogenic and Mixed-Process Controls on Stratigraphic Architecture in the Baram and Champion Delta Systems, NW Borneo
Conference Field Trip
The 2-day post AAPG field trip was tailored for geoscientists and petroleum engineers. It involved field observations of source rocks, reservoirs and traps of Laramide Rockies petroleum system, Wyoming; USA.
Private Pre-conference Trips
Olly, Tom, Antje and Marijn had a 3-day camping and road trip through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The highlights of the trip were the Great Sand dunes and the Black Canyon as you can see below:
Becky, Johan and Antje had a short excursion to Red Rocks, Dinosaur Ridge and the idyllic town of Golden, close to Denver after the AAPG conference. Some impressions below:
Alex Coleman visited GDF Suez UK in Holborn, London to give a presentation on salt-influenced rift basins (SIRB) and fault-propagation folding of the Halten Terrace area, offshore Mid-Norway. A particular emphasis was placed on the structural style and hydrocarbon trapping potential of the area in response to Late Jurassic rifting under the influence of salt.
Alex Coleman has begun a placement at DEA Norge AS in Oslo, Norway. His work will revolve around a series of salt-influenced leads and prospects in the Barents Sea and Arctic Continental Shelf, in preparation for the upcoming 23rd license round. In particular, Alex will be undertaking seismic interpretation, basin modelling and 3D structural reconstruction - ultimately, to shed light on the geological history of the province.
Thomas Phillips has started an internship in the idyllic town of Reading at BG Group looking at the interplay between rifting and Salt tectonics in the Central North Sea.
The Basins Research Group (BRG) at Imperial College London focuses on the geodynamic, struc-tural, and stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins. This range of ac-tivities is centred around a multidisciplinary group of Earth Scientists who are committed to understand-ing the fundamental geo-logical processes opera-ting in evolving sediment-ary basins, and the application of this under-standing to determining the nature, origin and occurrence of natural resources (see Themes).