Get back on the rocks with a field trip. To help us better anticipate the number of attendees and avoid premature cancellation for field trips, please register before 31 August 2011. Field trip cancellations due to low enrollment will be made at this time. See all the important notes below regarding Field Trips. Students,a limited number of scholarships are available for Field Trip 3. See course description for more information.
Please note that some field trips are sold out and some field trips have been canceled.
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|Pre-conference Field Trips|
The Po Valley Triassic/Jurassic Petroleum Systems and Their Dolomitic Reservoirs
Dates: Wednesday, 19 October, 08:30 – Friday, 21 October, 20:00 (departs from San Donato eni Headquarters; returns to Milan’s Central Rail Station and San Donato)
The field trip focuses on the outcropping upper Triassic-Lower Jurassic Po Valley carbonate petroleum system of the central Southern Alps. Two dolomitic reservoirs present different petrophysical properties in relation to various dolomitization processes: examples of early and burial dolomitization models will be shown and discussed.
The shores of Lake Iseo allow examination of the reservoir equivalent to the subsurface Norian Dolomia Principale early dolomitized peritidal platform and microbialitic margin facies, their coeval intraplatform basin source rocks and the overlying Hettangian platform characterized by multiphase burial dolomitization.
Outcrops around Lake Lugano and in the Varese region are deemed equivalent to the Middle Triassic-Lower Jurassic Po Valley petroleum system of the Western Southern Alps. There basinal middle Triassic organic rich carbonate and shale (Besano and Meride formations) and Middle Triassic-Early Jurassic dolomitic reservoirs are well exposed providing clues to the understanding of the Villafortuna-Trecate Field. Additional emphasis is placed on the complex polyphase extensional Mesozoic tectonics.
The trip includes an introductory Core Workshop at eni’s lab.
Important Note: The area straddles across the Italian-Swiss border; a Swiss visa may be required. Check applicable conditions.
The Central Adriatic Foredeep from Upper Miocene to Pleistocene: an Example of Basin Tectonic- Sedimentary Reconstruction by Means of Surface and Subsurface Tools
Dates: Wednesday, 19 October, 13:00 – Saturday, 22 October, 22:00 (departs from Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome, domestic arrival hall; returns to Milan’s Central Rail Station)
The field trip area is located in Central Italy and lies in the external portion of the Apenninic Thrust and Fold Belt.
The purpose of the field trip is examining the Late Miocene foredeep (Laga Formation) and Early Pliocene turbiditic systems (Cellino Formation) as well as the shelfal lobes and coarse grained turbidites infilling the piggy-back basins that developed in Late Early Pliocene to Late Pliocene time. Facies, geometries, architectures and the overall tectonic-sedimentary evolution will be illustrated by means of outcrops, well log correlations, log/outcrop/seismic correlations and seismic imaging.
Triassic Platform and Basinal Bodies of the Dolomites as Outcrop Analogues for Hydrocarbon Carbonate Systems
Dates: Wednesday, 19 October, 14:00 – Saturday, 22 October, late afternoon (departs from Marco Polo International Airport in Venice; returns to downtown Milan’s Central Rail Station)
This field trip focuses on Middle and Upper Triassic carbonate platforms and coeval basinal units. High relief isolated carbonate edifices will be visited, together with low-relief platforms and ramp systems. Clastics sealed drowned carbonate pinnacles associated with potential source shales will be examined. Sedimentary facies will be discussed within their seismic scale depositional geometry and framed into a high-resolution chrono- and sequence stratigraphy scheme. The genetic connection linking carbonate producing systems, platform slopes and basinal environment will be discussed. The role played in the formation of potential source, seal and reservoir units by a changing paleoclimate framework, varying terrigenous input and the active syndepositional tectonics will be debated.
A limited number of scholarships are available for students interested in participating in Field Trip 3 – Triassic Platform and Basinal Bodies of the Dolomites as Outcrop Analogues for Hydrocarbon Carbonate Systems. To apply for a scholarship please indicate your interest for acquiring funds by selecting the box requesting scholarship information during the online registration process. Students that are selected to receive a scholarship for field trip 3 must pay US $50. To ensure a spot in this field trip we suggest that you select trip 3 at the time of registration, you will be charged the full fee. If you apply and are selected, your account will be credited the difference. If you are not selected for a scholarship you will be required to pay the published rate.
|Post-conference Field Trips|
Walking Along a Crustal Profile Across the Sicily Fold and Thrust Belt
Dates: Wednesday, 26 October, late evening – Saturday, 29 October, 16:00 (departs from Palermo Airport in Palermo; returns to Palermo Airport and downtown Palermo)
The field trip illustrates the structural setting of the Sicilian collisional complex, including its gently deformed foreland.
A traverse along the recently acquired Siripro crustal seismic profile, from the Tyrrhenian Shore to the Gela Field, allows correlation between outcropping and buried structures providing new insights on the imbricated carbonate thrust system of the Northern belt, the very thick Caltanissetta trough and the dramatic flexure of the Iblean foreland crust.
This trip will develop along four main N-S transects, including the Western Madonie shallow and deepwater carbonates, the Eastern Sicanian thrust system, the structured Central Sicily Messinian Evaporites, the Pleistocene thrust-top basins and the deformed Iblean foreland.
Besides geology, the region offers beautiful landscapes and celebrated archaeological remains.
Late- to Post-Variscan, Large Scale “Hydrothermal” Dolomitization in the Iglesiente Area, Southwestern Sardinia: Geologic/Geocynamic Setting, Fluid Flow and Porosity Evolution
Dates: Wednesday, 26 October, 22:30 – Saturday, 29 October, 14:00 (departs from Cagliari Airport in Cagliari; returns to Cagliari Airport and/or downtown Cagliari)
The field trip will focus on different Late- to post-Variscan, largescale dolomitization types and phases of Cambrian and Ordovician carbonates in the SW Sardinia (Iglesiente) Zn-Pb-Ba district. Spectacular outcrops of the original carbonates and their dolomitized counterparts will be observed, with emphasis on the geometry of dolomitization fronts and the structural control exerted by Variscan cleavage on dolomite textures (zebra-type, geodes, breccia cements). The genesis of several dolomite generations will be discussed within the geological evolution and related fluid flows from the rifted margin stages to collisional tectonics and exhumation.
Foredeep Turbidites of the Miocene Marnoso-arenacea Formation (Northern Apennines, Italy)
Dates: Wednesday, 26 October (participants are free to arrive at the hotel anytime on Wednesday) – Saturday, 29 October, 18:00 (meets at the Starhotels Excelsior in Bologna; returns to Bologna central station)
The subjects of this field trip are the stratigraphy, facies and processes of foredeep turbidites of the Marnoso-arenacea Formation (MaF, Langhian-Tortonian) outcropping in the north-eastern Apennines. This field trip will be focused on two specific aspects of the MaF sedimentation: 1) synsedimentary structural controls affecting the MaF turbidites deposited in an elongate, NW-stretched foredeep in front of the growing Northern Apennines orogenic wedge and 2) vertical facies changes of the MaF stratigraphic succession (about 4,000 m thick) in relation to the progressive closure and upilft of the foredeep. An introduction to the geology and stratigraphy of the northern Apennines will be provided.
Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs: the Integration of Facies and Structural Characteristics to Understand Reservoir Performance
Dates: Wednesday, 26 October, late evening – Sunday, 30 October, 16:00 (meets at the Bari Airport in Bari; returns to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome)
This field seminar gives participants a chance to look at the complex interplay of sedimentology, diagenesis, crustal-scale structuring and local strain patterns that developed since Triassic in the Apulian carbonate platforms of the southern Apennines fold and thrust belt (southern Italy). Integrated descriptions and interpretations of spectacular outcrops allow considering the following aspects and their strong inter-relations:
The same carbonate units will be observed in different tectonic settings (foreland and thrust belt) to verify the impact of structural position on the development of fracture and fault networks.
Travertines of Central Southern Italy: Textures and Facies Organization
Dates: Wednesday, 26 October, 20:15 – Sunday, 30 October, 20:30 (departs from Rome Termini railroad station; returns to Rome)
The trip focuses on the reconnaissance and time-space organization of complex freshwater carbonate bodies, their poro-permeability characteristics (including synsedimentary karst), cyclicity and climatic control, as well as analogies and differences with respect to larger marine carbonate growth forms. Large travertine bodies capable of modifying the substrate morphology will be seen in detail as well as travertine slopes of varying gradient, passing upwards to lacustrine deposits and frontally to waterfalls. Evidence for depositional rates is provided by the ruins of the Greek-Roman town of Paestum (to be visited) which was founded on a travertine basement and fossilized by tufa about 1,000 years ago.
- Field trips are limited in size and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and must be accompanied by full payment.
- If you do not plan on attending the conference, a $30 enrollment fee will be added to the field trip fee. This fee may be applied toward registration if you decide to attend the conference at a later date.
- A wait list is automatically created if a field trip sells out. The AAPG Convention Department will notify you if space becomes available.
- Before purchasing non-refundable airline tickets, confirm that the trip will take place, as trips may be canceled if undersubscribed.
- Participants must organize and pay transportation (air or train) to meeting points and from the end of trip locality to their final destination.
- It is important that you note your gender when you register for hotel room assignments.
- You will receive an itinerary with details of meeting points, transportation with the trip, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses of hotels and trip leaders once the trip is confirmed. Please make sure you provide a valid e-mail address when you register.
- Proper clothing and supplies are needed for the outdoors (hat, wind breaker, sturdy footwear, sunscreen and rucksack).
- Weather conditions in October are very difficult to predict. Climate is usually mild in Sicily, Sardinia and southern Italy in general, although heavy rain is possible. In the central Apennines and the Southern Alps temperatures are cooler and it may be quite cold at 1000 m above sea level. In mountain areas early snow is not very likely but low cloud coverage, poor visibility, fine rain or mist are not rare. Participants are asked to be suitably equipped and aware that some of the proposed locations may not be accessible. In such unfortunate circumstances, all reasonable efforts will be made to secure alternatives.
- To help us better anticipate the number of attendees and avoid premature cancellation for field trips, please register before 31 August 2011. Field trip cancellations due to low enrollment will be made at this time.
- No refunds can be made for Field Trips after 15 September 2011
- Neither AAPG nor trip leaders and their employers maintain insurance covering illness or injury for individuals.