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ACE SC 03 | Sequence-Stratigraphic Analysis of Shales and Mudstones: Key to Paleoclimate Archives, Subsurface Fluid Flow, and Hydrocarbon Source, Reservoir and Seal

SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas, United States

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Who Should Attend

All geoscientists who want understand shales.


The course will cover the following topics:

  • Basic properties and classification of shales and mudstones
  • Deposition of shales and mudstones
  • Correlation of shales and mudstones
  • The impact of shale and mudstones in petroleum exploration and production

Course Content

This course is designed for geologists who interpret fine-grained rocks, explore for or develop conventional hydrocarbons, shale gas or oil shale. Mudstones contain the most detailed records of earth history and are sources, reservoirs, and seals of hydrocarbons, as well as serving as key elements in reservoir and aquifer models as baffles and barriers. Sequence stratigraphy provides an excellent framework within which to integrate the many scales of observations of physical, chemical and biological attributes necessary to understand these rocks across the spectrum of depositional settings. This workshop combines interactive lectures and exercises addressing the expression of depositional sequences in mudstones on seismic, well-log, core, and outcrop data. Examples include the New Albany Shale, Barnett Shale, Shublik Formation, Kimmeridge Formation, Kingak Formation, Hue Shale, Mowry Shale, and Monterey Formation.

Participants will practice recognizing and correlating significant stratigraphic packages through seismic stratigraphy, stacking pattern analysis of well-log, core and outcrop data, and facies analysis.

Although flooding surfaces and depositional-sequence boundaries may be subtly expressed in mudstones, they can be recognized through distinct changes observed in commonly available physical, chemical, and biological data. Beyond the chronostratigraphic utility of correlative conformity, abundant paleoenvironmental information is recorded in fine-grained strata - depositional sequences do not just fade away into obscurity in distal reaches, but have objective attributes that allow extension of stratigraphic frameworks and play-element predictions over very large areas.

Interactions of sediment supply and accommodation with pre-existing topography control the expression of depositional sequences. Marine environments tend to be mostly localized and abruptly changing. Lacustrine sequences vary according to lake-basin type, and range from very similar to shallow-marine siliciclastic sequences to very dissimilar.


Professionals: $600

Students: $100 (Sold Out - Students spots have been filled)

Applicable Credits: 7 PHD, 0.7 CEU

Includes: SEPM Concepts in Sed. & Paleo. #12, Refreshments and colored pencils


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Four Seasons Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel
1300 Lamar St
Houston Texas 77010
United States
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AAPG Instructor  
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Houston, Texas
AAPG Instructor  
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Houston, Texas
AAPG Instructor  
ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Houston, Texas
AAPG Instructor  
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Important Notes Regarding Short Courses

  • Short courses 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 short course 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 short course sells out. The AAPG Convention Department will notify you if space becomes available.
  • Before purchasing non-refundable airline tickets, confirm that the course will take place, as courses may be canceled if under-subscribed.
  • Please register well before 23 February. Short course cancellation due to low enrollment will be considered at this time. No refunds will be allowed on short courses after this date.
  • We will continue to take registrations for short courses not canceled, either until they are sold out or closed.


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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