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Introduction to Sequence Stratigraphy (GEO05)


    The course covers the fundamental principles of sequence stratigraphy and includes a brief history of stratigraphy, sedimentology and eustacy. The course moves on to show how these can be integrated into an analytical procedure of sequence recognition that can be applied to all stratigraphic settings and can be used predictively for hydrocarbon accumulations.

    Course Level: Foundation
    Instructor: Daniel Clark-Lowes

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • Working for an oil company as a geologist or geophysicist and want a better understanding of modern stratigraphic procedures

    How we build your confidence

    • Numerous actual examples are used throughout the course to illustrate the points covered
    • Exercises are used to reinforce understanding of points explained in lectures and emphasis is on discussing and supporting interpretations
    • Exercises include recognition of sequences in stratigraphic successions and in seismic sections and reinterpretation of lithostratigraphic correlations using sequence stratigraphic principles
    • The interactive discussion sessions that follow both formal teaching and exercises are considered particularly important. Learning is as much by open discussion with course instructor and classmates, as it is by formal instruction
    • Participants will receive a well-illustrated course manual with an extensive bibliography

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • Eustatic sea level changes and their effect on stratigraphic architecture
    • Principles of stratigraphy and sedimentology that underpin sequence stratigraphy
    • How to recognise, correlate and map sequences (from seismic, outcrop and measured section)
    • Sequence stratigraphic terminology
    • How to apply sequence stratigraphic principles to assist petroleum exploration


    • Brief history of stratigraphy and sedimentology
    • Principles of sea level changes in geological time (eustacy)
    • Stratigraphy of sedimentary strata - correlation and mapping
    • Overview of depositional systems and environments
    • Governing principles of Sequence Stratigraphy
    • Terminology and Laws: surfaces, strata, lithofacies, lithostratigraphy, bounding surfaces, Steno’s Laws, Walther’s Law
    • Practical applications of Sequence Stratigraphy for the geologist and seismic interpreter
    • Limitations of Sequence Stratigraphy
    • Sedimentary rock fill of depositional basins




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