The six-day trip is carefully planned to maximize time in the field and participants will be encouraged to discuss the depositional settings encountered on each day.
The first day in the field is devoted to examination of the modern aggraded fill in the alluvial valley formed during the most recent sea level cycle of the Congaree River during the Pleistocene/Holocene.
The second day will be spent examining a mixed energy delta (Santee/Pee Dee) by boat, moving from the fluvial upper reaches of the delta system to the marine delta front.
The third day will focus on mesotidal progradational/regressive barrier island/shoreface complexes, and tidal inlet deposition. This will include observing trenches and an explanation of the processes active in the system's sub-environments.
The fourth day will be spent at Cape Romain focusing on retrogradational/transgressive shorelines, lagoons/bays, inlet formation and closure, and wave-dominated deposition.
The fifth day will be spent in Charleston with morning lectures followed by a half-day modern core workshop. During the workshop, groups of students will be assigned modern core samples to log followed by discussion on the environment of deposition, potential reservoir characteristics and exploration strategies.
The sixth and final day will be spent in St. Helena Sound, the largest estuary on the southeastern coastline of the United States. The sub-environments of deposition to be visited in the incised valley fill will include: peat swamp, point bar, marsh, fine grained tidal flat, sand flat, barrier island, and linear sand ridge. This field day will demonstrate changes in deposition in the estuary from freshwater dominance to open marine conditions.
Everyone should arrive in Columbia, SC by 4 pm on September 4 , then take a taxi or shuttle to the Embassy Suites on Stoneridge Drive. You will have a kickoff meeting at 6 pm in the hotel meeting space. You will depart from Charleston anytime on September 11 as the course will end on the previous evening.
4 weeks prior to the course date you will be emailed the pre-course letter and a participant information sheet. The letter will outline an overview of information to help you. The participant information sheet needs to be filled out and emailed back to Christie Presher. This will help with your needs for the course.
If you should desire to arrive on an earlier date to Columbia or leave on a later date from Charleston please let Christie know and she will make hotel arrangements for you.
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