Modern Marginal Marine Clastic Depositional Systems
by Dr. Walter (Jerry) Sexton
The eight hour seminar will cover a variety of modern clastic depositional systems of shallow marine settings. The lectures will focus on sedimentary processes of deposition and their resultant three-dimensional characteristics. The principal area presented will be the central coastline of South Carolina. Emphasis will be placed on Holocene clastic deposits which were deposited within the past 4,000 years.
The focus on the three-dimensional characteristics of these depositional systems will be used to demonstrate the lateral and vertical variability of facies. Lateral variability of facies will be stressed in relation to conventional and resource play horizontal drilling programs. Additionally, the evolution of Quaternary strata will be presented in a chronostratigraphic context. Abundant subsurface data will be presented, providing lithogic interpretations for the modern depositional systems. This seminar will include a review of the following: sediment provenance to beaches and beach processes, barrier islands (shoreface) and the back barrier, tidal inlets and tidal deltas, shelf sedimentation and estuaries.