A new manuscript submitted for publication is available in the sponsors section. In On Facies Belts and Facies Mosaics: Holocene Isolated Platforms, South China Sea, Rankey describes quantitative metrics of patterns of facies size and distribution on 27 platforms in the Paracel and Spratly chains. These metrics provide a basis for numerical modeling of these systems, revealing fundamental system-scale process dynamics that represent “persistent themes” of facies accumulation. The metrics and insights could be applied to generate reasonable and accurate geological models of ancient analogs.
ANNUAL MEETING UPDATES: The 2016 KICC Annual Meeting was held April 25-27. The group toured campus lab facilities on Monday the 25th, and listened to stimulating talks and posters on the 26th and 27th. Thanks to all who attended and presented for a great meeting!
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A new thesis is available in the sponsor’ section: Reservoir and Source Potential of Eocene Microbialites, Green River Formation, USA, by Nicholas Cestari. Nick examined biomarkers and geochemical footprints of lacustrine microbialites and associated lithofacies.
KICC welcomes a new research associate! Dr. Christopher Omelon comes from the Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He has studied mechanisms driving carbonate microbialite formation, rock-water interactions and microbial diversity and activity in surface and subsurface environments, and the taphonomy of microorganisms. He earned BA and MSc degrees from McGill University in Montréal, Québec, and his PhD from The University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Omelon uses a wide range of techniques for his research, including the use of field-based dataloggers and microelectrodes to document climate and relevant microenvironmental conditions that drive mineral disequilibria. In the laboratory, Dr. Omelon employs analytical and microscopy techniques to characterize chemical and structural details including scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, and µ-X-ray fluorescence mapping at synchrotron facilities such as the Advance Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. He currently is focused on observing nannometer-scale ultrastructure and interfacial interactions by integrating advanced techniques such as focused ion beam milling and scanning electron microscopy.
The 2015/2016 KICC prospectus is available under Research Overview -> Prospectus.
Several recent theses are available in the sponsors section:
– Reservoir Character of the Avalon Shale (Bone Spring Formation) of the Delaware Basin, West Texas and Southeast New Mexico: Effect of Carbonate-rich Sediment Gravity Flows, by Dustin Stolz
–Fluid Flow, Thermal History, and Diagenesis of the Cambrian-Ordovician Arbuckle Group and Overlying Units in South-Central Kansas, by Bradley King.
–Heterogeneity and Depositional Variability of Reef Sand Aprons: Integrated Field and Modeling of the Dynamics of Holocene Aranuka Atoll, Republic of Kiribati, Equatorial Pacific, by Hannah Wasserman.
Seismic Attribute Analysis of the Mississippian Chert at the Wellington Field, south-central Kansas, by Ayrat Sirazhiev.
Diagenetic Controls on Porosity and Permability of Miocene Carbonates, La Molata, Spain, by Zhaoqi Li.