HGS Continuing Education: Salt Tectonics Seminar

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 Salt tectonics of passive margins
Mark G. Rowan, Rowan Consulting Inc. 
A one-day short course offered by Mark G. Rowan (Rowan Consulting, Inc., Boulder, CO)

This course introduces participants to modern concepts on salt tectonics applicable to passive margins such as the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic basins. The course will consist entirely of lecture and will use a mixture of modern seismic data, laboratory and conceptual models, field examples, and restorations to illustrate the styles and processes of salt-related deformation. The course is intended for geoscientists needing either an introduction to salt tectonics or an update in this continually evolving field. Course content will include:
  • Ancient salt basins: origin, tectonic setting, layered evaporites
  • Mechanics of salt deformation
  • Diapir initiation and evolution: differential loading, extension, contraction
  • Evacuation styles: turtle structures, expulsion rollovers
  • Diapir reactivation: extensional collapse, shortening, strike-slip
  • Near-diapir deformation: folding, faulting
  • Allochthonous salt: emplacement, styles, evolution
  • Gravitational failure: processes, proximal extension, distal contraction, role of canopies
January 25th, 2011 8:30 AM   through   5:30 PM
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