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ACE SC 2 | 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, 6 June 2020, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Who Should Attend

All geoscientists that want understand shales/mudstones.


The course will cover the following topics:

  • Basic properties and classification of shales and mudstones.
  • Deposition of shales and mudstones.
  • Correlation and prediction 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, Spraberry-Wolfcamp, Shublik Formation, Kimmeridge Formation, Vaca Muerta Formation, Kingak Formation, 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.

Professional: $450
Students: $100 (limited number)
40 People
Educational Credits:
0.7 CEU
SEPM Concepts in Sed. & Paleo. #12
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ACE SC 2 | Sequence-Stratigraphic Analysis of Shales and Mudstones: Key to Paleoclimate Archives, Subsurface Fluid Flow, and Hydrocarbon Source, Reservoir and Seal
Four Seasons Hotel
1300 Lamar St
Houston, Texas 77010
United States
(713) 650-1300



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

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