The Permian Basin Section SEPM has scheduled its annual field trip to the Sacramento Mountains in New Mexico. Dr. Xavier Janson, Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin will lead the trip.
The participants will leave from the Midland Center, Corner of Wall and Main, Midland, Texas, at 12:00 noon CDT on Friday, May 13, 2011, where we will take vans or personal vehicles to Cloudcroft, New Mexico (Please note that personal vehicles will not be used during the field exercises). There will be an icebreaker (cash bar) starting at 5:30 p.m. MDT at The Lodge Resort & Spa located at 601 Corona Place, Cloudcroft, New Mexico, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. MDT. Dr. Janson will provide an overview of the field trip directly after dinner.
On Saturday, May 14, the stops will be centered around Indian Well, Alamogordo, Alamo Canyon and Muleshoe. At the end of the day, the vans will return to Cloudcroft. Sunday, May 15, will be spent in Dry Canyon and the vans will return to Cloudcroft at the end of the field trip. This two day trip will use the unique suite of carbonate outcrops in Sacramento Mountains to illustrate reservoir-scale stratal architecture and methodologies for interpreting these carbonate mounds geometries from contained facies. Two different platform style of mounds development will be visited. The Mississippian mounds grew on a wide low angle ramp below wave base and are dominated by aphotic to oligophotic biota, whereas the Virgilian algal mounds are dominated by euphotic biota that depends on light to grow and as a result are controlled not only by the hydrodynamic regime but also the water depth (accommodation). We will draw comparison with the subsurface data from the Horseshoe Atoll and in the Fort Worth Basin where these two types of mounds are present or at least suspected whenever possible. We will contrast the two stratigraphic architectures and discuss the applicability of these outcrop and outcrop-derived conceptual model to the isolated platform case in Horseshoe Atoll and Forth Worth Basin.
In addition to the incredible field trip, the costs include: round trip transportation in the vans, Friday night’s dinner, two nights lodging, two lunches, beverages in the field and the field trip guidebook. The trip will begin and end in Midland, Texas. Mark your calendars for a fantastic field trip to visit what may provide insights into your current or future plays. If you are unable to attend but would like a copy of the field guide, PBS-SEPM will make a guidebook available for sale on CD. THE TRIP IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 REGISTRANTS.
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