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ACE FT 8 | Organic-Rich Shales of the Northern Appalachian Basin

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Thursday, 11 June Sunday, 14 June 2020, 5:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.  |  New York

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Who Should Attend

Geologists, Engineers, Students

Course Content

Attendees will see cores and outcrops of the organic-rich Utica, Marcellus, Geneseo and other Upper Devonian black shales as we travel from east to west along a basin transect. There will be discussion of the sedimentology, stratigraphy, depositional setting, faults and fractures, geochemistry, reservoir characteristics, and changes in these features as we travel across the northern edge of the basin. All outcrops are compared to wireline logs from nearby wells to link the outcrop to the subsurface. We will also see and discuss formations that occur above, below and in between the black shales to better understand the stratigraphic framework including the spectacular Watkins Glen. The course will help to visualize each of these important reservoirs and to better understand lateral variations across the basin and identify sweetspots.

$1,000 Professionals
$615 Students (limited number)
55 People
Educational Credits
1.7 CEU
17 PDH
Hotel for Thursday, Friday and Saturday (single occupancy)
Ground Transportation
Food and Materials
There is some minor hiking involved. Hats and hiking shoes suggested.
Hardhats required for Marcellus Quarry visit
Lime ticks are the main health risk so long sleeves and pants are suggested.
Airfare Not Included
Book flights to arrive in Albany by 4:00pm Thursday and to depart Sunday after 3:00pm

Itinerary Roster

  • Thursday, 11 June 5:00 PM–7:30 PM Introduction and core viewing in Albany.
  • Friday, 12 June Start in Albany, see outcrops that include Utica and Marcellus shales. End in Ithaca.
  • Saturday, 13 June Start in Ithaca and end in Hamburg. Outcrops include Geneseo Shale at Taughannock Falls, Watkins Glen, Letchworth State Park, and the Marcellus Shale in LeRoy, New York.
  • Sunday, 14 June Start in Hamburg and end at the Buffalo-Niagara Airport by 1:00 PM (book flights after 3 PM). Outcrops include the Eternal Flame in the Dunkirk Shale, the radically thinned section at 18-Mile Creek and the Rhinestreet Shale outcropping on the shores of Lake Erie.


ACE FT 8 | Organic-Rich Shales of the Northern Appalachian Basin
New York
United States



AAPG Instructor  
Smith Stratigraphic LLC
AAPG Instructor  
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

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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.