Questions on the field school logistics on a local level can be directed to Bill Hansen in Great Falls, MT (406-452-6783, Fax 406-564-4593). The Hampton Inn-Great Falls has a free shuttle service to and from the airport. Call the Hampton when you arrive at the airport at 406-453-2675 and they will pick you up.
Please do not make your own reservation at the Hampton. We have a room block reserved for the school, and we will make the reservations for you at this end. We will notify you of your hotel room confirmation number when we receive them from the hotel in late June.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Travel day to Great Falls.
Overnight at Hampton Inn-Great Falls, $104.00 + 7% bed tax per person.
(those of you flying in, phone the Hampton for free airport shuttle at 453-2675 ).
Monday , September 8, 2014
Intro. to Fractured Reservoirs, Structure and Stratigraphy of Montana Thrust Belt
Registration opens followed by a classroom session covering Thrust Belt Concepts, Terminology, & Worldwide Exploration; an Introduction to Fractured Reservoirs & Sawtooth Range (Boyer) and Orientation, Logistics. Then we'll load the party bus and go to Black Eagle Falls overlook. We'll spend the night in Great Falls.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Thrusted Adel Mountain Volcanics, Craig Anticlinorium, Precambrian Belt thrusted over Mississippian - Gates-of-the-Mountains Boat Trip (Eldorado Thrust) –Hansen
This day we will examine the thrusted Late Cretaceous Adel Mtn volcanics and continue to become familiar with the stratigraphy necessary to interpret the Northern Montana Thrust Belt. Later in the day we will examine the southern extension of the Lewis Thrust (Eldorado Thrust) where Precambrian Belt rocks have been thrusted a minimum of 25 miles over Cretaceous and Paleozoic rocks, and we will have a chance to examine the subthrust Mississippian up close via the Gates-of the Mountains cruise.
Wednesday September 10, 2014
Structural Geology of Sun River Canyon-Dr. Steve Boyer & Dr. Jim Sears; Montana Triangle Zone (Sears & Hansen)
After breakfast we leave Great Falls and proceed to Sun River Canyon. Highlights of this trip include:
- Sawtooth Mountain Overlook; Overview of Frontal Sawtooth Range, Discussion of Seismic Interpretation of the Montana Foothills.
- French Thrust
- Gibson Dam Overlook
- French Thrust Termination
- Wagner Basin; Out-of-Sequence Thrusting
- Wagner Basin; Dead Oil
- Deformed Cretaceous at Front of Sawtooth Thrust wedge
- If time permits we'll look at Deformed Cretaceous at Front of Sawtooth Thrust Wedge and Pishkun Canal, Montana foothills Triangle Zone
- We will return via Pishkun canal, looking at the Montana triangle zone along the way.
Thursday September 11, 2014
Morning Classroom Session; Teton Canyon Fractures
We will spend the morning in the hotel conference room, discussing the Timing of Thrusting in the Sawtooth Range (Sears), looking at a seismic line transect, a Powerpoint on the Alberta Basin Bakken/Exshaw Resource Play in Glacier County (Hansen), and previews of Teton Canyon and Swift Reservoir trips (Boyer), then head out at lunch time to the Teton Anticline to examine fracture patterns in Teton Canyon. Then we'll pick up our lunches and head for Sawtooth Front Overview, Teton Anticline Core and North Fork Teton River, Imbricate Thrusts of Sawtooth Range.
Friday September 12, 2014
Thrusting/Fractures in Glacier National Park/ Blackfeet Reservation Petroleum Systems
Take lots of pictures!!
Thrust Systems of Glacier National Park Lewis Thrust and Precambrian Belt System, Exploration update on adjacent Blackfeet Indian Reservation-implications for thrust belt foredeep resource plays worldwide. Highlights for today include Chief Mountain Klippe (Boyer). View from Duck Lake Campground Discussion of Cretaceous/Mississippian source rocks and migration pathways on Blackfeet Reservation (Hansen).
The rest of the day will be spent at a relaxing pace riding the free shuttle along the famous "Going-To-The-Sun Highway" in Glacier National Park to discuss the Thrust Systems in the park, and of course to take pictures (Sears, Kluth, & Boyer, and Hansen). It will conclude at Marias Pass with a discussion of Lewis Thrust in Glacier National Park, Longwell/Chevron well proposals. (Boyer & Hansen)
Saturday September 13, 2014
Fractured Reservoirs and Swift Dam Site/Marias Pass
Today's trip takes us to Swift Dam Reservoir site: Fracture patterns and kinematics of folds. (Note: Our thanks go to the Blackfeet Tribe for allowing us to examine the geology on their tribal land at this stop.)
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