Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
20-23 June 2017
Led by De Ville Wickens, PhD
Participants of this field excursion will be visiting one of the world's best examples of an ancient basin floor to slope fan complex associated with a fluvial-dominated deltaic system in the Karoo. Basin.
The Karoo basin hosts an inexhaustible amount of information on deepwater and deltaic sedimentation with present day erosion allowing 3D-viewing of laterally continuous (tens of kilometres) outcrops. The objective of this field trip is to attempt a better understanding of the basic depositional processes and facies development of deep-water sedimentation and the implications thereof for reservoir heterogeneity, lateral and vertical bed continuity and resulting reservoir architecture and quality. This two-day field trip will focus on show-casing the Whitehill and Dwyka formation, which are main targets for shale gas development in South Africa.