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, Western Cape, 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 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 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: $1200 (inclusive of flights, airport transfers, 2 night’s accommodation and F&B)

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, 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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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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