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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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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 Basin 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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Melbourne, 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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
24 November 2015
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.
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Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
24 November 2015
The field trip will take you to outcrops of the Musandam Peninsula of Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE equivalent in age and architecture to the producing Shuaiba and Kharaib formations in the subsurface of the Arabian Peninsula. Outcrops are of seismic scale and thus provide field-scale cross-sections that help to refine sequence stratigraphic and facies models, and aid to the understanding of reservoir geometry distribution, and reservoir continuity in the subsurface.
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Muscat, Oman
19 January 2016

Known worldwide for its spectacular geology, the key geological units in the stratigraphy of Oman are exposed in the Muscat area. It is only a short distance to some excellent outcrops ranging from the Permo-Triassic basement to the Permo-Triassic sequence and the Semail Ophiolite found in the oceanic crust and upper mantle emplaced on the autochthonous Mesozoic carbonate succession of the Oman margin during the Late Cretaceous.

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