Upcoming AAPG Student-Industry Fieldtrip: Hawkesbury Sandstone

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The AAPG Student Chapter at the University of Adelaide would like to extend an invitation to our annual AAPG Student-Industry Field Trip, to be held on November 16-18, 2012: “Depositional environments of the Hawkesbury Sandstone and associated Permo-Triassic strata in the Sydney Basin” This year’s field trip, investigating the depositional environments and sequence stratigraphic framework of the Permo-Triassic strata of the Sydney Basin, will be led by Professor Peter McCabe (Queensland University of Technology). The primary focus will be the Triassic Hawkesbury Sandstone, which is spectacularly exposed in coastal outcrops south of Sydney. Classically interpreted as the deposit of a large sandy braided river, the Hawkesbury has recently been reinterpreted as deposited in a tide-dominated setting. Participants will be encouraged to examine the outcrops to formulate their own interpretations. Underlying Permo-Triassic strata will be examined and the evolution of the Sydney Basin discussed. This fieldtrip provides an excellent opportunity for those wishing to learn more about sedimentary structures, sequence stratigraphic concepts, and sandstone geometries on a reservoir scale. A major objective of the field trip is to provide the petroleum geology students at Adelaide University with an opportunity to network with industry professionals from across Australia while learning new concepts in the field. For further information and payment details, refer to this attached document. Keep in mind that industry places are limited; please contact us ASAP (details in attachment) if you are interested in attending, and feel free to circulate to any interested colleagues.

PhD Opportunity in sedimentology at Queensland University of Technology

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PhD Opportunity in sedimentology and sedimentary provenance studies of intraplate orogenic-related sedimentation.   We seek a highly motivated student with strong field-based research interests in sedimentology and detrital mineral geochronology to be part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research program investigating the Carbonifeous sedimentary record across eastern Australia.   Sedimentary rocks are a key recorder of tectonic events. This fundamental Australia-based research will take new approaches to establish a finely tuned record of orogenic processes deforming the continental interior and how sediment loading from this mountain building event may have affected extension and magmatism at the continental margin. This project will examine the Late Devonian to Early Carboniferous (~380-320 Ma) continental sedimentary record across central and eastern Australia as this time slice records widespread rift basin development in northeastern Australia, intraplate orogenic events in central Australia (Alice Springs Orogeny), the progradation of a major sheet of cratonic-derived quartz-rich sand spreading outwards across Australia, and the initiation of Late Paleozoic glaciation. Mutliple dating techniques applied to the detrital minerals will be a key component of this project, revealing both the igneous and high-grade metamorphic history (from U/Pb zircon and rutile ages), and the recent tectonic and exhumation history (using lower temperature thermochronometers) of the source region. These new data will provide new insights into the relationship and timing of sedimentation and deformation.   Queensland University of Technology has one of Australia's fastest growing research profiles, and aims to become research-intensive in selected areas of strength and priority. QUT's focus is to undertake high-impact research that is both of the highest academic quality and also aimed at making a real and practical difference to the world around us.   Application process:   A MSc degree in Earth Sciences (or equivalent) and excellent communication skills in English are a prerequisite. We seek a student with previous experience in field mapping, stratigraphy/sedimentology, sedimentary petrology and/or geochronology. The annual scholarship round is now open with applications closing on October 12, 2012.   Information on the PhD scholarships available and how to apply can be found at: http://www.qut.edu.au/research/scholarships-and-funding/research-scholarships   Academic and Research Experience Required: a)         a relevant first class or second class division A honours degree or equivalent, or an appropriate research masters or professional doctorate, from a recognised institution OR b)         a coursework Masters or  professional doctorates with a.         a grade point average of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale and b.         an significant level of research experience such as publications and research work   English: A demonstrated sufficient command of English to complete the proposed course of study.   For further information, please contact:   Dr Scott Bryan (scott.bryan@qut.edu.au) Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering Queensland University of Technology GPO Box 2434 Brisbane Queensland 4001 Australia

Upcoming events of interest

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We wanted to update you about a number of key events that you may considering attending in 2012 and 2013, together with abstract deadlines:
  • Geoscience 2012, 25-28th November, 2012. Annual meeting of the Geoscience Society NZ.  University of Waikato.  Abstract and early-bird deadline: Friday 14 September.
  • Subsea Australasia Conference, 20-22nd February, 2013,  Perth, Western Australia (Call for papers).
  • AAPG Annual Convention, 19-22nd May, 2013, Pittsburgh. Abstract deadline: Thursday 11 October.

Sedimentology at the 34th International Geological Congress

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The 34th IGC takes place in Brisbane this week, with a wide range of themes that will be of interest to sedimentologists. Key themes for sedimentologists are Theme 13 ‘Sedimentation and Sedimentary Processes’ and Theme 24 ‘Reefs and Carbonates’.

Symposia within these themes include: 13.1 Continental depositional systems; 13.2 Deposits of coastal and shallow marine systems; 13.3 Deepwater sedimentation; 13.4 Depositional controls on reservoirs; 13.5 Applied ichnology; 13.6 Sedimentation in icehouse versus greenhouse epochs; 13.7 Modelling sedimentary systems; 13.8 Global controls on sediment accumulation; 13.9 River-dominated shelf sediments in Asian seas; 24.1 Reefs and Carbonates – secular changes including climate; 24.2 Ancient reefs; 24.3 Understanding microbial carbonates.

Other themes of interest include: Theme 3. Climate Change: Lessons from the Past; Implications for the Future; Theme 4. Environmental Geoscience; Theme 6. Energy in a Carbon-constrained World; Theme 10. Coal - a Myriad of Resources; Theme 11. Petroleum Systems and Exploration; Theme 12. Unconventional Hydrocarbons – Emerging Fuels; Theme 14. Basin Formation and Continental Margin Processes; Theme 18. The Proterozoic Earth; Theme 19. Geochronology and Isotope Geology; Theme 23. Evolution of the Biosphere; Theme 25. Marine Geoscience and Oceanography; Theme 29. Surficial Processes and Landscape Evolution.

The International Association of Sedimentology (IAS) will be present at the – visit them at booth #192.

The Geological Society of Australia’s Sedimentology Special Interest Group will be holding an informal meeting on Monday 7th August at 19.00h in room M2. I’ll be there, and am hoping members attending the IGC will come along to say hello and discuss what we’d like from our group.

An unfortunate clash of the timetable sees this meeting scheduled for the same time as a meeting of the International Association of Sedimentology. I’m aiming to keep the GSA Sedimentology group meeting brief, so that anyone wishing to move on to the IAS meeting afterwards can do so.

All IAS members attending the 34IGC are invited to an IAS Business Meeting on Tuesday 7th August in room P7 from 19.00 to 21.00 h to discuss with Secretary General Vincenzo Pascucci, Treasurer Marc De Batist and PR Officer Patric Jacobs new ideas about sedimentology and ways to promote and structure IAS in South-East Asia and Oceania.

It looks like this should be a great congress; it will be a busy week!

Welcome to ANZsed!

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Are you a sedimentologist, or interested in sedimentology? Are you based in the ANZ region, or do you have research interests here? If so, please join us, and become a founding member of the new Australia and New Zealand Sedimentology Network! The ANZsed aims to promote communication and a sense of community between sedimentologists in the region, support and encourage young researchers, organise meetings, and provide a resource-base focused on ANZ sedimentology through this website.