- Vicky Kroh
- Education Registrar
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- Education Department
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- INSTRUCTOR S :
- Harry H. Roberts, Gregory Stone and Samuel Bentley, Coastal Studies Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- INSTRUCTOR LOOKUP
- September 11 - 15, 2006
- Begins in Baton Rouge and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana
Goes up to $2600 after 8/14/06. Includes 5 nights lodging, bus and boat transportation, field lunches, and guidebook.
No refunds for cancellations after 8/14/06.
- 25 people
- 4.0 CEU What is a CEU?
Who Should Attend
Geoscientists who need to understand the sedimentary architecture of deltas, internal characteristics of constituent sediment bodies, and sequence/seismic stratigraphic relationships with surrounding facies.
Objectives and Content
The thoroughly documented Mississippi River Delta Complex offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe depositional processes/products and develop criteria for recognition of fluvial and deltaic sediment bodies in subsurface clastic depositional systems. Participants will be introduced to lithologic, sedimentologic, and stratigraphic characteristics of:
- alluvial valley sediment fill;
- meander belts;
- interdistributary basins;
- deltas; and
- associated continental shelf and slope settings.
Both active and inactive parts of the system will be examined. The new delta lobe of the Mississippi River deltaic plain, the Atchafalaya-Wax Lake delta complex, will provide the opportunity to study a high sea level parasequence developing along the central coast of Louisiana.
Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on processes of deposition and resultant sedimentary facies formed both at rising-to-high and falling-to-low sea level. Depositional units and bounding surfaces are analyzed in a sequence/seismic stratigraphic framework using borings and high resolution acoustic data plus well-logs and exploration-scale seismic profiles. The depositional framework of the Holocene Mississippi System will be compared to the most thoroughly documented Pleistocene shelf edge delta which formed during the last glacial maximum and also happens to be in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Other modern deltas (e.g. Mahakam Delta of Borneo, Nile Delta of Egypt, and Sao Francisco Delta of Brazil) will be compared with the river-dominated Mississippi to emphasize both similarities and differences. Formative processes, geometry, and internal architecture of sand bodies within modern deltas is stressed, with special treatment given to the Mississippi River Delta Complex.