Sequence Stratigraphy Field Camp
Book Cliffs, Utah
Four semester credits
Dates: May 20 - June 8, 2024
Dates: May 20 - June 8, 2024
Cost: $4, 895.00 Four Credits. Deposit $300 (required upon registration). Cost includes tuition, fees, food, lodging and transportation to field sites from Salt Lake City. Cost does not include airfare to Salt Lake. Students will be picked up and dropped off at Salt Lake City Airport.
Important Dates: Meeting details will be mailed to registered participants.
Introduction: The Book Cliffs, Utah have become the premier locality globally for field teaching of sequence stratigraphy. Continuous, well-exposed and easily-accessible outcrops make it possible to analyze facies relationships of stratigraphic sequences in great detail, both in terms of lateral variation (systems tracts) and vertical stacking patterns (parasequences). Most significant clastic depositional systems are represented, including meandering, braided, and anastomosed fluvial; fluvial- and wave-dominated deltas; transgressive and regressive shorefaces; tidally-dominated estuaries; and “deep-water” mudstones. This makes the Book Cliffs an excellent classroom to study the interrelationship between eustatic and tectonic development of accommodation space and subsequent filling by clastic sediment.
Use multiple-working hypotheses to demonstrate the possibility of more than one reasonable interpretation for the same succession
Prerequisites: Physical geology, historical geology, mineralogy, petrology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and structural geology. Exceptions considered.
Physical demands: Field work will involve mapping remote areas and will include daily hikes of considerable length in rugged terrain.
Climate: Weather in the Book Cliffs during the month of June is likely to be dry and hot, though thunder storms are not unusual. Participants should be prepared for hot days (90 - 100° F / 32 - 38° C) and cool evenings (ave. 55° F / 13° C).
Facilities: Lodging will be in a motel in the town of Green River, Utah
Required equipment/supplies: Hammer, hand lens, acid bottle, notebook, map case/covered clipboard, colored pencils, Brunton (or equivalent) compass, digital camera, and laptop with word processing (e.g. Word or Pages) and illustrating (e.g. PowerPoint or Keynote) software. Clothing for working in hot/dry environments including wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeve shirts, long pants, sturdy boots, and appropriate socks. A detailed equipment list will be provided before camp
Example of a progradational parasequence set forming a highstand systems tract in the upper part of the Blackhawk Formation and overlying Castlegate Sandstone. Lateral facies changes in shoreface deposits can be seen from proximal (right) to distal (left). Locality is the Beckwith Plateau at the mouth of Woodside Canyon, Utah.
Middle portion of a complete depositional sequence in the Star Point and Blackhawk Formations at Gentile Wash, Utah
River-dominated deltaic deposits of the Panther Tongue Member, Star Point Formation north of Helper, Utah, deposited during a forced regression as part of a falling-stage/lowstand systems tract.
Wave-dominated deltaic deposits of the Kenilworth Member, Blackhawk Formation at Woodside Canyon, Utah, deposited during a highly progradational episode of a highstand systems tract.
Tidally-influenced estuarine (incised valley fill) deposits of the Aberdeen Member, Blackhawk Formation in Soldier Canyon, Utah, deposited during marine transgression following a forced regression.
Possible bypass channels feeding the Prairie Canyon Member, Blackhawk Formation. Channels formed in offshore marine mudstones during a lowstand event, then back-filled with sediment during the subsequent base-level rise.
For more information contact:
Dr. William W. Little, Course Coordinator/Instructor
W.W. Little Geological Consulting, LLC
20 South 5000 West
Rexburg, Idaho 83447
Dr. Nuri Uzunlar
Director, Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station
Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering Department
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Phone: (605) 431-1275