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ACE FT 7 | Sedimentologic and Sequence-Stratigraphic Response of Paralic Deposits to Changes in Accommodation: Predicting Reservoir Architecture, the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Thursday, 11 June Sunday, 14 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.  |  Utah

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Who Should Attend

Geologists, Engineers, Petrophysicists, Geophysicists who are interested in understand stratal architecture at scales ranging from reservoir to regional scale.


This trip allows participants to understand sequence stratigraphic methods as applied in both outcrop and subsurface focusing on alluvial to marine siliciclastic depositional systems.

Course Content

The Book Cliffs of eastern Utah are among the most spectacular outcrops of marginal marine strata anywhere in the world. Gentle structural dips and desert-like environments allow for the correlation of stratal units across miles of superb exposure. The Book Cliffs have served as a field analog and laboratory for siliciclastic alluvial and marginal marine systems as well as sequence stratigraphic concepts. These superb exposures of the Upper Cretaceous Blackhawk Formation and associated units are used to demonstrate regional-scale, field-scale, and reservoir-scale stratigraphic relationships and their application to subsurface studies. Detailed facies analysis is used to introduce concepts of parasequence stacking patterns that can be used to predict reservoir occurrence. These predictions can be tested by observing larger-scale outcrop exposures. During the field trip we will make use of subsurface correlation exercises and core photographs to link outcrop observations to practical subsurface application.

$1,850 Per person
20 People
Educational Credits
2.4 CEU
24 PDH
Local Transportation
Five Hotel Nights (June 10–14)
Field Trip breakfasts (included in hotels)
Temperatures can range from 60ºF (16ºC) to 95º+F (35ºC).
Moderate hiking involved.

Itinerary Roster

Trip Schedule:

The field trip will start on Thursday morning, 11 June, and end in Salt Lake City late on 14 June. Participants should fly to SLC on Wednesday afternoon, 11 June, and plan to depart SLC on Monday morning, 15 June.

  • Thursday, 11 June: Depart SLC for Price, Utah. Field stops to observe parasequences and parasequence stacking in Gilson Gulch and Gentile Wash. Evening spent in Price, Utah.
  • Friday, 12 June: Field stops to observe landward pinchout of parasequence, time equivalent alluvial deposits, and fluvial-dominated marginal marine strata. Outcrop stops include: Hardscrabble Canyon overlook, Hwy 191 Fly Ash Road, Price River Canyon, Helper Water Tower, Gentile Wash Panther, Spring Canyon Panther. Evening spent in Green River, Utah.
  • Saturday, 13 June: Field stops to observe shorefaces in limited accommodation and incised valley systems of the Desert Member and Castlegate Sandstone. Outcrop stops include: Tusher Canyon Overlook, Tusher Canyon, and Hatch Mesa. Evening spent in Green River, Utah.
  • Sunday, 14 June: Field stops to observe an updip to downdip transect of progradation under limited accommodation and the development of a sequence boundary with associated incised valley deposits and lowstand shoreline deposit. Outcrop stops include: Thompson Canyon and Nash Wash. Drive back to SLC – arrive approximately 8:00 PM. Evening spent in Salt Lake City included in trip fee.


ACE FT 7 | Sedimentologic and Sequence-Stratigraphic Response of Paralic Deposits to Changes in Accommodation:  Predicting Reservoir Architecture, the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah
Salt Lake City
United States



AAPG Instructor  
Oxy Petroleum
AAPG Instructor  
Shell Oil (Retired)

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