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ACE FT 03 | Fluvial and Coastal Clastic Sedimentology and Ichnology in Modern Environments and Core

SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

Friday, 31 March – Saturday, 1 April 2017, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas, United States

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Who Should Attend

Geologists interested in learning about clastic sediments, and trace fossils in modern and ancient coastal plain and nearshore settings.


To learn about the mechanical and physicochemical processes that control architecture, facies, and reservoir quality in shallow marine and fluvial reservoirs and how to be predictive.

About Field Trip

The interaction of rivers, waves, tides, and biological activity along the modern, microtidal coastline of the upper Texas coast creates an ideal natural laboratory to study the relative degrees of influence of autogenic controls on nearshore and fluvial clastic reservoirs. Combined with anthropogenic modification, salt tectonics, and a glacially-driven history, these deposits also offer insight into allocyclic controls on clastic reservoirs and their impact on the geological record. This course combines detailed investigations of modern fluvial, estuarine, deltaic, shoreface, and tidal inlet depositional environments with subsurface examples in core to provide participants with a more holistic understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of shallow marine and fluvial reservoirs and stresses the importance of thinking three-dimensionally as well as the traditional, 2-D, proximal-distal perspective on sediment dispersal and facies distribution.


Friday, 31 March
  • 9:00 a.m. Board bus at George R. Brown Convention Center
  • Stop 1: Trinity River. Overview, intro to the Gulf Coast, safety briefing, and fluvial sedimentology. Drive 0.5 hours to
  • Stop 2: Wallisville Lake. Distributary Channels, Deltas, and Brackish Water.
  • Stop 3: Anahuac. Bay Head Delta. Ichnology, estuarine processes. Drive 0.5 hours to
  • High Island Salt Dome, discuss salt tectonics and impact to clastics in continental and marine. Drive 1 hour (including ferry) to Galveston.
  • Stay at hotel in Galveston, TX
Saturday, 1 April
  • Stop 1: Galveston Island Core, transgressive deposits, back barrier sedimentation drive 40 minutes to
  • Stop 2: Barrier Spit occupying old river mouth, strike-fed systems, storm deposits, drive 5 minutes to
  • Stop 3: Tidal Inlet, Tidal Delta, Back Barrier sedimentation.
  • Stop 4: Drive 45 minutes to Tidally Influence Point Bar and drive 15 minutes to
  • Stop 5: Abandoned River Mouth, transgressive erosion and longshore transport, drive 15 minutes to
  • Stop 6: Active River Mouth and Wave Dominated Delta. Foreshore and upper shoreface ichnology and facies.
  • Return to George R. Brown Convention Center 7:00 p.m.


US $600 (single occupancy)
US $480 (double occupancy)

Applicable Credits: 14 PDH; 1.4 CEU

Limit: 35

Pricing Includes: Ground transportation to and from Galveston, one night hotel in Galveston (single or double occupancy options), lunch (Friday & Saturday), entry fees, refreshments and guidebook

Notes: Transportation to the starting point is not included in the cost of this trip. Temperatures can range from 40-90 degrees Fahrenheit during this time period. Please bring warm clothing. Closed toed shoes are required for this trip.


Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000
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AAPG Instructor  
ConocoPhillips, Houston, TX
AAPG Instructor  
ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas, United States
AAPG Instructor  
Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Austin, Texas

Important Notes Regarding Field Trips

  • 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 convention, a US $30 enrollment fee will be added to the field trip fee. This fee may be applied toward registration if you decide to attend the convention 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 under-subscribed.
  • Please register well before 23 February. Field trip cancellation due to low enrollment will be considered at this time. No refunds will be allowed on field trips after this date.
  • We will continue to take registrations for field trips not canceled until they are either sold out or closed.
  • It is important that you note your gender when registering for hotel room assignments.
  • Prior to the field trip you will receive an itinerary with details of meeting points, transportation with the trip phone numbers and email addresses of hotels and trip leaders, etc.
  • Proper clothing and supplies are needed for the outdoors (hat, windbreaker, sturdy footwear and rucksack).
  • Depending on location, temperatures can range from 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit with or without rain. Participants are advised to check local weather forecasts for latest updates.
  • Insect repellent and sun protection (sunscreen and hats) are recommended.
  • AAPG, the sponsoring organizations nor field trip leaders and their employers maintain insurance covering illness or injury for individuals.


There are a limited number of discounted registrations available for students on a first-come, first-served basis. If a discounted space is still available, it will show up during the online registration process. If discounted spots are no longer available, you may register at the full fee; if we are able to add additional discounted spots we will refund the difference at that time.

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