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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.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
23-29 May 2015

For those who have not visited the region previously (or have not had the chance to tour it in depth), this field seminar will provide a comprehensive journey into the geological story of this fascinating landscape.

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Casper, Wyoming, United States
28-31 May 2015
AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division (PSGD) and Wyoming Geological Association (WGA) in Conjunction With AAPG 2015 Annual Exhibition & Convention (ACE) Pre-Convention Field Trip The goals of this four-day field workshop are to provide participants with a robust exposure to the range of topics required to understand, characterize and predict the mechanical response of reservoir rocks to deformation from either geologic or reservoir stimulation and management processes.  The workshop interweaves fundamental background material from lecture, first-hand field observations, and interactive group exercises to yield a robust and engaging technical discussion.
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Denver, Colorado, United States
30 May 2015
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) in Conjunction with AAPG 2015 Annual Exhibition & Convention (ACE) Pre-Convention Field Trip The field trip will visit sites where evidence of this volcanic history can be examined as well as the petrified forest and new visitor center and paleontology lab at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
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Denver, Colorado, United States
30-31 May 2015
Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) in Conjunction with AAPG 2015 Annual Exhibition & Convention (ACE) Pre-Convention Field Trip

During this two-day field trip, we will examine classic exposures of the Middle to Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian to Campanian) strata in the Southern Denver Basin near Pueblo, Colorado.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
30-31 May 2015
Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) in Conjunction with AAPG 2015 Annual Exhibition & Convention (ACE) Pre-Convention Field Trip

This two-day field trip will review the geologic history in context with the past and present petroleum exploration in the North Park-Middle Park Basin (or Colorado Headwaters Basin, CHB) in Northcentral Colorado.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
30 May 2015
Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) in Conjunction with AAPG 2015 Annual Exhibition & Convention (ACE) Pre-Convention Field Trip

This one-day field trip will examine how the Golden Thrust System builds Denver’s mountain front between Turkey Creek and Coal Creek.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
31 May 2015
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) in Conjunction with AAPG 2015 Annual Exhibition & Convention (ACE) Pre-Convention Field Trip

This field trip will explore the outcrops in this Front Range area with the hope that participants will come away with new concepts and insights into how the Rocky Mountains were formed.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
3-5 June 2015
AAPG Student Chapter/SEPM Student Field Trip in Conjunction with AAPG 2015 Annual Exhibition & Convention (ACE) Post-Convention Field Trip

This two-day trip will visit outcropping reservoir rocks and structures that typify the framework of the prolific Rocky Mountains petroleum province. The drive from Denver to Casper and return will transect numerous basement uplifts and foreland basins.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
3-7 June 2015
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) in Conjunction with AAPG 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition Post-Conference Field Trip

This four-day field trip will begin with a drive from Denver to Glenwood Springs and a road log describing the general geology along Interstate 70 (I-70), as well as an overview stop in Rifle to introduce the Wasatch and Green River systems. It will focus on two themes: observing the characteristics of a wide variety of sedimentary environments and comparing these with subsurface data.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
4 June 2015
Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) in Conjunction with AAPG 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition Post-Convention Field Trip This one-day field trip will apply new crustal-scale seismic experiments and structural balancing in the Northern Rockies to the 3D Laramide geometry and natural fractures of the Denver Basin and its resource plays. We will also examine the resulting syn-and post-Laramide fracture systems that provide critical fluid conduits for successful resource plays, like the Niobrara play of the Eastern Rockies.
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Golden, Colorado, United States
4-6 June 2015
AAPG Energy Mineral Division (EMD) in Conjunction with Annual Conference & Exhibition Post-Convention Field Trip This three-day field trip will examine examples of tight-oil reservoirs (Cretaceous Niobrara Formation, Codell member of Carlile Formation from the Denver and North Park basins), tight-gas reservoirs (Cretaceous J Sandstone, Codell and Williams Fork Sandstone, from both the Denver and Piceance basins), CBM reservoirs (Cretaceous Cameo Coals from the Piceance Basin) and potential oil shale resources (Green River Formation of the Piceance Basin).
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Denver, Colorado, United States
4-7 June 2015
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) in Conjunction with Annual Conference & Exhibition Post-Convention Field Trip This trip provides a unique opportunity to visit some of the classic Green River source rock localities in both the Central and Eastern the Uinta Basin. In addition, we will sample and observe unusual solid bitumen deposits, tar sands, natural oil seeps and a CO2-charged geyser.
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Denver, Colorado, United States
4 June 2015
Rocky Mountain Section-AAPG (RMS-AAPG) and AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) in Conjunction with AAPG 2015 Annual Convention & Exhibition Post-Convention Field Trip This trip will focus on defining the Niobrara formation from the outcrop scale to the well bore, and discuss the key parameters that have made this play work, both from a geologic and a reservoir standpoint. Furthermore, we will describe how Noble Energy has helped to lead the industry in Northern Colorado to safely, responsibly and efficiently develop this huge resource. We will visit both Niobrara outcrops and Noble Energy production facilities to illustrate our current subsurface understanding and best practices.
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Denver, Colorado, United States
4 June 2015
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) in Conjunction with AAPG 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition Post-Convention Field Trip This one-day field trip will take a quantitative view of the accumulation of sediment in the Denver Basin since the middle Cretaceous. We will systematically review the facies, thickness, organic content, rates of accumulation and paleoenvironments of the rocks that comprise the last 100 million years of deposition in the region.
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Palo Alto, California, United States
5-10 June 2015

This six-day field seminar is designed to provide participants with an appreciation of the broad range of deep-water reservoir facies, the mechanisms by which they were deposited, their predictive attributes, their reservoir heterogeneity and their stratigraphic architecture.

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Las Negras, Spain
8-13 June 2015

The field seminar develops and evaluates the sequence stratigraphic framework and controls on location and reservoir character of Upper Miocene-Pliocene carbonate sequences from a variety of carbonate systems within the context of the regional paleogeography.

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Watkins Glen, New York, United States
15-19 June 2015
A Joint AAPG / University at Buffalo field seminar

The attendee will gain a working knowledge concerning how faults and fractures develop and their terminology, methodologies utilized in collecting and analyzing fracture data, characteristics of faults and fractures that affect the sedimentary units (including black shales) in the northern Appalachian Basin of New York state, and tectonics that led to the formation of the structures in the northern Appalachian Basin and the adjacent Appalachian Orogen.

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Three Forks, Montana, United States
24-26 June 2015

This field seminar will give participants an overview about the geology, reservoir engineering and operation aspects of the Lodgepole-Bakken-Three Forks Petroleum System.  Excellent outcrops illustrate how facies, reservoir properties and rock strength can vary along a lateral well bore. Engineers, geologists and operators will find this especially interesting.

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Great Falls, Montana, United States
13-18 July 2015
The seminar will utilize traverses to examine multiple thrust sheets exposed in Sun River Canyon, the famous Teton Anticline, and an outstanding example of an exposed fractured reservoir along a fault‐propagated fold in Mississippian carbonates as Swift Reservoir. Participants will examine the mechanics of fracturing, folding, and faulting in thrust belt terrains, identify and discuss new ideas regarding the geometry and kinematics of the development of thrust belts, compare seismic interpretation with outcrop examples, and analyze stratigraphic concepts which are essential in the exploration of thrust belt targets.
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
19-24 July 2015
This structural field course in the Front Ranges of the Canadian Rockies focuses on relating outcrop to seismic expressions of compressive structural styles that are common in fold-and-thrust belts and deepwater passive margins (toe thrust belts) worldwide. Participants will recognize common types of structures in fold-and-thrust belts, apply fault-related folding concepts to interpret these structures, identify petroleum traps and their major structural risk elements, and recognize similarities between styles of trap and reservoir-scale deformation.
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Great Falls, Montana, United States
17-21 August 2015

Participants will explore a number of classic geological sites that affected the Lewis and Clark expedition in Montana on this six-day excursion.

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Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada
31 August - 4 September 2015

The Hay River region in the Northwest Territories is one of the best locations in North America for the examination of Devonian carbonates, and the Pine Point mine site is one of the best localities for viewing the fabrics and geometries associated with hydrothermal dolomitization.

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Perth, Australia
5-12 September 2015
In Conjunction with AAPG/SEG 2015 International Conference & Exhibition (ICE) - Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) Shark Bay was declared a World Heritage area in the 1980s because of its unique geo-biological attributes, particularly in hypersaline basins, in areas which remain pristine today. This field trip provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to observe stromatolites in their stunning present day environment at Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay. As part of this special trip, access will be provided to areas not normally open to the public. You will be able to access and inspect modern day intertidal to subtidal microbial systems.
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Sydney, Australia
8-13 September 2015
In Conjunction with AAPG/SEG 2015 International Conference & Exhibition (ICE) - Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) Led by a specialist geologist, experience this trip across the geology of the Amadeus Basin. The trip includes the dramatic Uluru — at both sunrise and sunset — and the indigenous cultural centre, Kings Canyon and luxury camping under the scintillating outback sky at the wilderness lodge. It will travel through the Australian outback to the spectacular geology and landscapes of Ormiston Gorge and Ellery Creek, West MacDonnell Ranges.
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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
8-14 September 2015

This field seminar offers an excellent opportunity for the students to walk on a variety of modern terrigenous clastic depositional systems while observing sedimentary processes, modern sedimentary structures, and numerous trenches illuminating the three-dimensional architecture of each area.

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Whanganui, New Zealand
9-12 September 2015
In Conjunction with AAPG/SEG 2015 International Conference & Exhibition (ICE) - Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) This four-day trip to the internationally-significant Wanganui Basis and North Taranaki coastal sections will examine Late Miocene to Pleistocene components of shelf- to basin-floor depositional systems deposited during an overall tectonically-controlled regressive phase. We will examine and discuss the interplay between tectonics and sea-level change, and the reservoir architecture and sequence stratigraphic framework of these well-exposed rocks. The outcrop geology will be supported by a range of seismic, well and supplementary industry data.
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Sydney, Australia
10-13 September 2015
In Conjunction with AAPG/SEG 2015 International Conference & Exhibition (ICE) - Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA)

This trip will visit the breathtaking coastal outcrops of turbidites, carbonate platforms, fluvial sediments and pillow lavas along the cliffs southeast of Melbourne. Come scramble down craggy slopes at Cape Liptrap to view superb outcrop-scale fold and thrust structures in Devonian turbidites, then take a 5 km hike along the adjacent coast where Cambrian ophiolites and exhumed amphibolites, faulted against trilobite-hosting Ordovician marls and Devonian reefal carbonates will be revealed. This will be followed by a trip to a site of Early Cretaceous fluvial rift sediments deposited during the initial separation of Antarctica from Australia to open the Gippsland Basin.

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Sydney, Australia
11-12 September 2015
In Conjunction with AAPG/SEG 2015 International Conference & Exhibition (ICE) - Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA)

The Hawkesbury Sandstone is the foundation on which the city of Sydney was built. This trip will allow discussion of the sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of the Hawkesbury Sandstone by examining outcrops around the scenic Sydney Harbour and in spectacular coastal cliffs in National Parks close to the city. The sandstone displays a wide variety of sedimentary structures combined with superb scenery offering many opportunities for photographers.

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Barcelona, Spain
14-18 September 2015

Participants will examine illustrative outcrops of thrusts, fault-related folds, stratal architectures and facies of depositional systems affected by growing structures, which are good analogues for hydrocarbon reservoirs. Objectives include interpreting complex thrust structures, identifying and understanding strain and fracture systems in fold-thrust belts, and analyzing patterns of growth strata in areas with synsedimentary folding.

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Sydney, Australia
17-18 September 2015
In Conjunction with AAPG/SEG 2015 International Conference & Exhibition (ICE) - Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA)

Experience the World Heritage Exhibition Centre in the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and various geosites including the iconic Triassic sandstone landscapes at Govetts Leap and Echo Point. 

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Melbourne, Australia
17-19 September 2015
In Conjunction with AAPG/SEG 2015 International Conference & Exhibition (ICE) - Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) The focus of this trip is on the geologic history of the region, its hydrocarbon systems, and its potential for carbon sequestration.
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Melbourne, Australia
17-22 September 2015
In Conjunction with AAPG/SEG 2015 International Conference & Exhibition (ICE) - Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) This field trip will focus on outcrop exposures of Neoproterozoic salt diapirs, salt sheets and associated growth strata in the Central and Northern Flinders Ranges, South Australia.
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Melbourne, Australia
17-22 September 2015
In Conjunction with AAPG/SEG 2015 International Conference & Exhibition (ICE) - Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (PESA) Join us on a trip to the Capricorn-Bunker group located around the world-famous Southern Great Barrier Reef.
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
20-27 September 2015

Participants will learn a specific and comprehensive methodology for finding and developing conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources associated with lake deposits. The seminar will start with the Quaternary Bonneville basin in Utah, to build familiarity with lacustrine depositional processes. Participants then examine world-famous exposures of organic-rich mudstone, fluvial sandstone, and carbonate microbialite facies in Wyoming.

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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
23-30 September 2015

Participants will learn through the use of spectacular outcrops, subsurface datasets, and stratigraphic modeling how these systems tracts and key surfaces (flooding surfaces and sequence boundaries) may be recognized.

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Naples, Italy
26 September - 2 October 2015

The main part of the field seminar will focus on the description of the fractured carbonates and the extrapolation from the outcrop observations to the subsurface for building geologically plausible reservoir models.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
2-9 October 2015
NOTE: New Dates!

The seminar focuses on the lithologic variations that characterize clastic reservoir facies and on development of models that can be used to predict these variations in the subsurface.

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