Getting out in the field and being able to touch, see and feel the objects of your training makes for the best possible experience. Our field seminars are designed to maximize your time and travel with a combination of field work, lecture and class work.

Cape Town, South Africa
22-23 June 2017

Led by De Ville Wickens (Geo-Routes Petroleum, Cape Town) and Doug Cole (Council for Geoscience, Bellville)

Participants of this field excursion will be introduced to the stratigraphy of the southwestern Karoo Basin by visiting the prime outcrop areas of the Dwyka and Ecca Groups in the Laingsburg and Tanqua Karoo regions. The southwestern Karoo Basin hosts a considerable amount of information on glaciogenic, deep-water and deltaic sedimentation with present day erosion allowing 3D-viewing of laterally continuous (tens of kilometres) outcrops. The Ecca Group in these areas, for example, hosts the world's best examples of deep-water basin floor to slope fan complexes, making it the most sought after “open air laboratory” for studying fine-grained deep-water sedimentation.

The objective of this field trip is to gain a better understanding of the tectono-sedimentary history and stratigraphic evolution of southwestern part of the Karoo Basin, basic depositional processes, facies development, controls on sedimentation patterns and post-depositional diagenetic and structural changes. It further aims to integrate different scales of observation and interpretation, namely the basin (exploration) and the development and production scale (facies distribution and bed-scale stratigraphy). This two-day field trip will focus on show-casing the glaciogenic Dwyka Group, and the Prince Albert and Whitehill Formations of the Ecca Group, which are main targets for shale gas development in South Africa.

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AAPG Event Casper Wyoming United States 18 August, 2017 Astrogeology 8:00 AM 8:00 PM 22 September, 2016
Casper, Wyoming, United States
18-22 August 2017

The primary goal of the AAPG Astrogeology Committee is to emphasize the use of geosciences in the development of off-world exploration energy and other natural resources for development in the foreseeable future. This is under the guidance and input provided by previous NASA geologist astronauts, Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Dr. James “Jim” Reilly and by industry professionals.

AAPG Event Edinburgh Aberdeen City United Kingdom 10 October, 2017 Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 31 May, 2017
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
10-13 October 2017

The Midland Valley of Central Scotland is bordered Ochil Hills Fault to the north and Southern Uplands Fault to the south and comprises several basins with a dominantly Carboniferous fill which includes limestones, oil shales, coals and sandstones intruded and interbedded with a broad variety of Carboniferous volcanics of mainly Dinantian (Lower Carboniferous age).

AAPG Event Limassol Ammochostos Cyprus 11 October, 2017 Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention, ICE 2017, Member 9:00 AM 7:00 PM 31 May, 2017
Limassol, Cyprus
11-13 October 2017

During this field trip we will visit key field localities that showcase some of the best known examples of ancient bottom current deposits in the Lefkara and Pakhna Formations (Cyprus).

AAPG Event Lisbon Açores Portugal 12 October, 2017 Member, Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention 8:30 AM 7:00 PM 01 June, 2017
Lisbon, Portugal
12-14 October 2017

The Lusitanian Basin, located at the Western Iberian Margin, provides a unique opportunity to look at a completely exposed North Atlantic Margin. For over hundred million years, this basin suffered extension and subsidence, with two rifting phases and a break-up/drift phase, responsible for an over 5 km-thick sedimentary infill. Basin’s inversion related to the Alpine compression up-lifted large sectors, exposing the whole lithostratigraphic sequence.

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AAPG Event Pas-de-Calais France 12 October, 2017 Member, Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention 9:00 AM 8:00 PM 01 June, 2017
Pas-de-Calais, France
12-14 October 2017

North of Boulogne (Pas-de-Calais, France), the architectural expression of near and offshore Late Jurassic clastics is excellently exposed within coastal cliffs. These outcrops provide an analogue for shallow-marine petroleum system elements and plays. Potential reservoirs, seals and source rocks are all clearly expressed and are supplemented with wireline log data from near-outcrop boreholes.

AAPG Event Sandown Isle of Wight United Kingdom 12 October, 2017 Member, Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention 6:00 PM 10:00 AM 01 June, 2017
Sandown, United Kingdom
12-14 October 2017

The coastline to the east of Sandown, Isle of Wight, exposes a continuous section from the Lower Cretaceous (Barremian) to the Oligocene (Rupelian), and traverses a major E-W deep basement fault (Hercynian). This fault moved normally during Lower Cretaceous times, defining the northern margin of the Channel Basin, and floods of Jurassic clasts and fossils were reworked into the Barremian and Aptian. Jurassic ammonite zonal species are found in inverted order, and permit an estimate of rate of fault movement.

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AAPG Event Weymouth Dorset United Kingdom 13 October, 2017 Member, ICE 2017, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates, Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention 13 October, 2017 15 October, 2017 7:30 AM 4:00 PM 31 May, 2017
Weymouth, United Kingdom
13-15 October 2017

The aim of the filed trip is to study Upper Jurassic microbial carbonates and to compare the lower part of the Purbeck Limestone Group of the Wessex Basin with the South-Atlantic pre-salt carbonates.

AAPG Event Weymouth Dorset United Kingdom 18 October, 2017 Member, ICE 2017, Engineering, Reservoir Characterization, Conventions, Field Trips, Post-Convention 18 October, 2017 22 October, 2017 6:00 PM 8:00 PM 31 May, 2017
Weymouth, United Kingdom
18-22 October 2017

The Wessex Basin in Dorset is a world-renowned locality to learn the play elements of a petroleum system. The basin comprises the Wytch Farm oil field, one of the largest onshore oil field in Europe.

AAPG Event Robin Hood's Bay North Yorkshire United Kingdom 18 October, 2017 Member, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates, ICE 2017, Field Trips, Conventions, Post-Convention 18 October, 2017 20 October, 2017 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 31 May, 2017
Robin Hood's Bay, United Kingdom
18-20 October 2017

We will visit sections of organic-rich, Lower Jurassic, mudstone-dominated strata where depositional, diagenetic and structural processes can be examined in the context of shale resources, and Zechstein (Upper Permian) lagoonal, reefal and lower slope carbonates which act as tight, fractured reservoirs from the North Sea to Poland.

AAPG Event Marrakech Marrakech-Médina Morocco 19 October, 2017 Member, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates, ICE 2017, Field Trips, Conventions, Post-Convention 19 October, 2017 23 October, 2017 10:00 AM 5:30 PM 01 June, 2017
Marrakech, Morocco
19-23 October 2017

The five-day field trip will visit key localities to review the structural and depositional evolution of the Central Atlantic margin and build in depth knowledge of its key play elements.

AAPG Event Bari Agrigento Italy 19 October, 2017 Member, ICE 2017, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates, (Carbonate) Shelf Sand Deposits, Conventions, Field Trips, Post-Convention 19 October, 2017 22 October, 2017 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 31 May, 2017
Bari, Italy
19-22 October 2017

The field trip will visit spectacular outcrops of the Cretaceous to Pliocene Apulian Carbonates sequence to gain an understanding of the complexity of carbonate fractured reservoirs.

AAPG Event Muscat Oman 27 October, 2017 30 October, 2017 01 November, 2017 8:00 AM 8:00 PM 04 January, 2017
Muscat, Oman
27-28 October 2017

Field Trip: Reservoir Scales and Heterogeneities and their Impact on Project Decisions
Date: 27 — 28 October 2017
Field Trip Location: Northern Huqf Gharif Formation (Clastics)
Field Trip Registration Fee: $1500 (includes accommodation in a guest house, all f&b and travel arrangements)
Registration Deadline: 11 October 2017
Seats on the field trip are very limited. Please ensure your book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment

Field development requires certain decisions to be made depending on field life and each decision will require a specific type of model. The field trip will focus on aspects of sediment body geomentry, facies and linked reservoir properties as well as field scale barriers and baffles.

The Upper Gharif Formation is composed of fluvial sandstones with an overlying incised valley fill estuarine sequence leading to transgression of Khuff Carbonates. Stacking of channels, net to gross and potential barriers and baffles can be observed in these outcrops as well as facies variations.

Day 1: Travel to Northern Huqf by 4x4 vehicle and investigate outcrops. Camp overnight.

Day 2: Northern Huqf outcrops. Return to Muscat

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AAPG Event Muscat Oman 12 December, 2017 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 12 December, 2017 12 December, 2017 12:30 PM 5:30 PM 26 April, 2017
Muscat, Oman
12 December 2017

Date: 12 December
Duration: 12:30pm to 5:30pm
Field Trip Leader: Husam Al Rawahi, GSO
Field Trip Fee: The field trip fee is included as part of the workshop registration fees

Seats are limited and will be confirmed on a first come first served basis

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Wadi Al Khoud exposes a number of tectonostratigraphic units, including autochthonous siliciclastic and carbonate sediments that range in age from late Cretaceous to Quaternary. The main deposits in the area are divided into four formations, the late Cretaceous clastics of the Al Khoud Conglomerate Formation and the shallow marine carbonate units of the Al Jafnyn (Umm Er Radhuma in the subsurface), Al Rusail (Rus in the subsurface) and Al Seeb (Dammam in the subsurface) formations. These rocks uncoformably overlie a spectacular ophiolite succession which includes deep-oceanic sediments. The Oman ophiolite was thrust over the northern margin of Oman during the late Cretaceous orogenic event, resulting in the development of new sedimentation patterns, faults and fractures.

This fieldtrip will cover three main stops in Al Khoud village:

Stop 1: Deep-oceanic sediments and ophiolite.

Stop 2: The unconformity between the Al Khoud Formation and Al Jafnyn Formation.

Stop 3: Shallow marine carbonate sediments of Al Jafnyn, Al Rusail and Al Seeb Formations.

Stop 4: (optional) Foraminifera Graveyard.

In this fieldtrip, we will focus our discussions on the reservoir characteristics, seal potential and tectonostratigraphic evolution of this part of Oman. There will be a brief mention of the dinosaur collection found within the Al Khoud Conglomerate Formation and mineral usage of the limestones (Seeb) and gypsum (Rus) in cement manufacturing. If lucky, shark teeth might be found in the carbonates of the Seeb Formation.

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AAPG Event Al Ain Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 01 February, 2018 Structure, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Geophysics, Engineering, Geomechanics and Fracture Analysis, Carbonates, Seismic, Reservoir Characterization 30 January, 2018 01 February, 2018 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 25 July, 2016
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
1 February 2018

The main objective of this field trip is to offer participants the opportunity to study the structural style and fracturing of carbonate rocks analogous to reservoir units of the globally important UAE Oil Province. The clear exposure of these carbonate rocks in this tectonically complicated area provides a significant opportunity to study and explain the structural style and deformation history of the region. Although the carbonate rocks exposed in Jebal Hafit area are of Early Eocene–Miocene age (Rus, Dammam and Asmari Formations), the emphasis here is to study fractures pattern and fracturing mechanism with relation to the paleostress and the link to fractures conductivity.

The selected stops will demonstrate the stratigraphic relationship of the rock units and their fracture systems that have been developed during long geological deformation. There are significant similarities between these exposed rocks and those units seen in the Abu Dhabi Oil Fields by means of reservoir characteristics and fracture system and fracture related diagenesis (cementation/host rock alteration) with its impact on sealing potential.

Jebal Hafit, an elongated asymmetrical, double‐plunging, NNW‐SSW trending anticline with an elevation reaches up to ~ 1140 m high, is situated at the border between Oman and UAE. It extends ca 30 km in the direction NNW–SSE with average width of 4 to 5 km.

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AAPG Event Al Ain Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 01 February, 2018 Structure, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Geophysics, Engineering, Geomechanics and Fracture Analysis, Carbonates, Seismic, Reservoir Characterization 30 January, 2018 01 February, 2018 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 25 July, 2016
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
1 February 2018

The modern carbonate-evaporite depositional environments along the Abu Dhabi shoreline and offshore Abu Dhabi belong to the few areas of the world where the geoscientist can observe the interplay between carbonate and evaporite sedimentation.

Supratidal (sabkha) to intertidal and shallow subtidal (microbial mat and peloid-skeletal tidal-flat) environments will be studied in the vicinity of Al-Qanatir Island.

Al-Qanatir Island

In the vicinity of the road to Al-Qanatir Island participants will be able to study a complete and undisturbed lateral facies succession from the upper supratidal to the lower intertidal and shallow subtidal:

  • Upper supratidal stranded beach ridges
  • Topographic highs, some cm above the adjacent upper sabkha environment
  • Upper sabkha (upper supratidal)
  • Surface covered by polygonally-cracked halite crust
  • Middle sabkha (middle supratidal)
  • Surface covered by finely-crystalline, whitish anhydrite polygons
  • Lower sabkha (lower supratidal)
  • Surface covered by shiny, sparkling gypsum crystals
  • Upper to lower intertidal microbial mat
  • Crenulated or crinkled microbial mat above gypsum mush facies
  • Blistered and pinnacle microbial mat
  • Polygonal and tufted microbial mat
  • Lowermost intertidal to shallow sub-tidal
  • Peloid-skeletal tidal-flat

Many of these depositional environments and facies successions correspond to those observed in cores from the subsurface of the Arabian Peninsula.

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