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.

AAPG Event Houston Texas United States 31 March, 2017 Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Clastics, Fluvial Deltaic Systems, Marine 9:00 AM 7:00 PM 05 December, 2016
 
Houston, Texas, United States
31 March - 1 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
This course combines detailed investigations of modern fluvial, estuarine, deltaic, shoreface, and tidal inlet depositional environments with subsurface examples in core to provide participants with a more holistic understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of shallow marine and fluvial reservoirs.

AAPG Event Houston Texas United States 01 April, 2017 Astrogeology, Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention 02 April, 2017 05 April, 2017 8:30 AM 5:00 PM 05 December, 2016
 
Houston, Texas, United States
1 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
A tour of the NASA Space Center Houston with Harrison H. Schmitt the only geologist to walk on the moon. This trip seeks to provide an understanding of NASA's role in exploring the geologic characterization of the solar system.

AAPG Event Houston Texas United States 02 April, 2017 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Field Trips, Conventions, Pre-Convention, Clastics, Fluvial Deltaic Systems 8:00 AM 4:00 PM 05 December, 2016
 
Houston, Texas, United States
2 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
This field trip explores Panther Creek, a natural laboratory to explore the morphology and sedimentological processes of a meandering creek system. Panther Creek is just a short drive north from Houston, tucked away just south of The Woodlands, Texas in the Montgomery County Preserve.

AAPG Event El Paso Texas United States 05 April, 2017 SEPM, Field Trips, Conventions, Post-Convention, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Clastics, Slope 02 April, 2017 05 April, 2017 7:30 AM 2:00 PM 05 December, 2016
 
El Paso, Texas, United States
5 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
The field trip will include stops at Shumard Canyon and Bone Canyon to observe the scale and internal architecture of submarine channels incising the bedrock of the relict platform. Other field-trip stops will include Stratotype Canyon, Black Stove Canyon, and Rest Area Gully to observe basin-restricted carbonate and siliclcastic sediment gravity flow deposits, carbonate channel-levee complexes, failure scours associated with the downslope transport of olistostromal blocks, and thick (>50 m) accumulations of recumbently folded deposits associated with these failure events.

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AAPG Event Houston Texas United States 05 April, 2017 Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Field Trips, Conventions, Post-Convention, Shale Gas 02 April, 2017 05 April, 2017 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 05 December, 2016
 
Houston, Texas, United States
5-8 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
This Field Trip offers the opportunity to examine the Eagle Ford Group in West Texas. This hiking trip provides a unique opportunity to visit locations on private property with restricted access.

AAPG Event Houston Texas United States 06 April, 2017 Field Trips, Conventions, Post-Convention, Evaporites, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Salt, Structure, Salt Tectonics 02 April, 2017 05 April, 2017 7:45 AM 6:30 PM 05 December, 2016
 
Houston, Texas, United States
6 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
The Spindletop trip takes participants to the site of the “Lucas Gusher,” where on January 10th, 1901 in Beaumont, Texas, 100,000 barrels per day gushed from a salt dome formation. This discovery changed the economy of Texas and helped to usher in the modern petroleum age. The first six gushers in the Spindletop field produced more oil per day than the combined production of all the other producing fields in the world. The Lucas geyser, found at a depth of 1,139 feet, blew a stream of oil over 100 feet high until it was capped nine days later. Lucas and the Hamills finally controlled the geyser on January 19, when a huge pool of oil surrounded it. By that time, throngs of oilmen, speculators, and onlookers had already transformed the city of Beaumont. A new age was born.

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AAPG Event Houston Texas United States 06 April, 2017 SEPM, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Field Trips, Conventions, Post-Convention, Clastics, Fluvial Deltaic Systems 02 April, 2017 05 April, 2017 8:00 AM 6:00 PM 05 December, 2016
 
Houston, Texas, United States
6 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
This field trip focuses on the late Quaternary depositional systems of the upper Texas coast, including the Brazos River and its wave-dominated delta, the Oyster Creek meanderbelt, Follets Island, the San Luis Pass tidal delta, and Galveston Island. The trip will emphasize the physical processes associated with shaping these various depositional environments, and will discuss the stratigraphic occurrence of sand bodies associated with these coastal systems. There will be a focus on linking physical processes to the geological record, and also describing the sequence stratigraphic framework of the upper Texas coastal systems.

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AAPG Event Muscat Oman 10 May, 2017 Member, Structure, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Carbonates 23 March, 2017 10 May, 2017 3:00 PM 7:00 PM 23 March, 2017
 
Muscat, Oman
10 May 2017

Field Trip Date: 10 May
Field Trip Time: 3pm - 7pm
Field Trip Leader: Mohammed Al Kindi, GSO

Introduction:

The Saih Hatat Structure is a large deeply eroded anticline, 80km x 50km elongated in the E-W direction, and located south of Muscat, on the eastern part of the Oman Mountains. The structure is bounded by allochthonous units of Ophiolite and deep oceanic sediments that were obducted in Late Cretaceous. During and after the obduction process, this area was subducted, along NE-dipping subduction zone, to deep crustal levels and was subsequently exhumated to surface, leading to intensive ductile deformation, under medium to high grade metamorphism, that could be clearly examined across the section of Wadi al Mayh. Mega-sheet folds, often described as the best and largest in the world, and numerous imbrications are clearly visible in this area within the Permian shelf carbonates. Along the northern contact between the ophiolite and the shelf carbonates of Saih Hatat, lie several hot springs, such as the Old Ghala spring and the al Hammam Spring. These springs emerge along a fault that separates the two rock masses. As rains falls, water percolates to considerable depth, gets heated and seeps back to surface along the fault zone.

Plan:

The field trip includes four main stops covered in one afternoon. We depart after the conference from the hotel by bus and head to our first location in Qantab, where the contact between the ophiolite and shelf carbonate is nicely exposed. We aim to be in Qantab at 4pm. We then drive through Wadi Yiti, to observe the large scale sheeth folds and low-angle detachment zones. Later, we will visit the hot water springs at the contact between the ophiolite and the shelf carbonates of Saih Hatat. We will finish the trip at about 6:15pm.

Field trip routes and locations (image from Google Earth)
Field trip routes and locations (image from Google Earth)
 Mega folds in Wadi al Mayh
Mega folds in Wadi al Mayh
The contact between the shelf carbonates of Saih Hatat on right and the Ophiolie and Tertiary Sediments, in the area of Ghala. A number of old and recent settlements have been established around the hot springs that emerge
The contact between the shelf carbonates of Saih Hatat on right and the Ophiolie and Tertiary Sediments, in the area of Ghala. A number of old and recent settlements have been established around the hot springs that emerge

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AAPG Event Aqaba Jordan 16 May, 2017 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 01 March, 2017
 
Aqaba, Jordan
16-18 May 2017

Date: 16th — 18th May 2017
Field Trip Leader: Ahmed Masri, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan
Field Trip Fee: $1200 (inclusive of flights, airport transfers, 2 night’s accommodation and F&B)
Booking deadline: 20th April 2017

The lower Paleozoic sequences, from Cambrian to the lower Silurian are well exposed in southern Jordan; to the east of Aqaba. These are divided into eight formations in Jordan; the lower four formations belong to the so called Ram Group of Cambrian-Middle Ordovician age, with a total thickness up to 700m. The Ram Group rests unconformably on the granitoid rocks of the Arabian Shield. These sequences are composed of medium to coarse fluvial sandstones dominated by trough cross-bedding; with short intervals of marine incursions during Cambrian and Early Ordovician times; these marine incursions are indicated by the presence of thin siltstone beds bearing Cruziana trace fossils and vertical Skolithos Burrows.

The succeeding four sequences belong to the Khrayim Group of Middle Ordovician-Silurian age, with a total thickness up to 600m. This group is well exposed to the east of Wadi Rum and composed of shallow marine siliciclastics (sandstone, shale and mudstone); where the sandstone beds dominated by trough cross-bedding and ripple marks with Cruziana trace fossils, Skolithos Burrows and Brachiopods; whereas the mudstone beds bearing different species of Graptolites, Brachiopods and different undefined fossils.

In the middle of the Khrayim Group, by the end of Ordovician, the area was subjected and underwent a glacial event, where deep incision of glacial valleys cut through the older sequences of Ordovician and refilled by flovio-glacial sediments, which are formed the tight gas reservoir in Risha Gas Field in northeast Jordan. Regional marine transgression occurred in the early Silurian led to the deposition of a thick mudstone sequence called "Hot Shale" in Saudi Arabia, which is the proven source rock of the hydrocarbons in the Arabian Plate.

Field Trip Agenda Overview:
16th May

Fly from Amman to Aqaba & over night at the Double Tree Hotel, Aqaba (flight departs at 9.15pm).

17th May

Travel from Aqaba to Wadi Rum and vicinity: Examine Cambrian and lower Ordovician sandstones. In general, fluvial sandstones facies.

Traditional dinner under the stars at Sun City Campsite. Return to the Double Tree Hilton, Aqaba.

18th May

Continue to the east investigating middle and upper Ordovician sandstone and shale intercalations up to the glacial sediments that forms reservoir in of the tight gas in Jordan. Then we will examine the lower Silurian shale (Hot shale in Saudi).

Return to Amman (flight departs at 6.55pm).

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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 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: $1450 (includes transportation, all f&B and camping equipment)
Registration Deadline: 24 September 2017

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 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, Abu Dhabi, 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, Abu Dhabi, 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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