D149 Practical Salt Tectonics
D149 Practical Salt Tectonics
Business Impact: Geoscientists completing this class will help their companies: identify, evaluate and risk salt-related prospects; build more accurate velocity models in areas of tough seismic imaging; and assess the results of appraisal wells and plan development scenarios.
This class provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of global salt tectonics, covering content ranging from the depositional and tectonic settings of salt basins, mechanics, diapirism, structural styles of salt deformation, salt-sediment interaction and the impact of salt on the petroleum systems. The virtual course comprises lectures and exercises involving interpretation of seismic data from basins around the world.
A virtual workshop divided into 8 sessions emphasising the geometry and evolution of salt structures and their impact on petroleum systems. It consists of lectures, discussion and exercises.
Exploration and development geologists and geophysicists working in salt basins around the world
A basic working knowledge of structural geology (as offered in N016, N090 or N220) and seismic interpretation (as offered in N085 or N040) is required.
Potential attendees should note that salt tectonics courses N071 and N232 have similar classroom content taught by Mark Rowan. The principal differences are: N071 - US-based classroom course with an emphasis on Gulf of Mexico tectonic styles and geophysical aspects of salt systems, less information on salt in thick-skinned tectonic regimes. N232 - classroom content similar to N149 but includes 4 days in the field in the Basque-Cantabrian fold belt with associated regional geological context and seismic exercise based on local data.
Mark has worked in or with industry for over 35 years as an exploration geologist with Sohio (1982-1985); as a consultant with GeoLogic Systems (1985-1989) and Alastair Beach Assoc. in Scotland (1989-1992); as a research professor at the University of Colorado (1992-1998); and finally as President of Rowan Consulting in Boulder since 1998.
Mark focuses on salt tectonics through a combination of consulting projects in salt basins worldwide, teaching for RPS Training (formerly Nautilus) and the industry, and conducting field work in salt basins with colleagues from the several universities. He has over 100 published papers and over 240 published abstracts. He is the recipient of the GCSSEPM Doris M. Curtis Medal and the AAPG Robert J. Berg Outstanding Research Award.
Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD University of Colorado at Boulder - Structural Geology
MS Berkeley College - Geology
BA Caltech - Biology
AAPG Distinguished Lecturer (2005-2006)
AAPG International Distinguished Instructor (2009-2010)
N043: Gulf of Mexico Petroleum Systems
N071: Workshop in Geological Seismic Interpretation: Salt Tectonics
N149: Practical Salt Tectonics
N232: Salt Tectonics: Global Styles, Spanish Outcrops (Basque-Cantabrian Pyrenees, Spain)
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