Encompassing the eastern seaboard of the United States, the Appalachian Basin Region extends from Alabama to Maine. Evidence suggests that the complex geology of the region was formed by a series of continental plate collisions and deformation resulting in the Appalachian Mountains and large areas of elongated, faulted, and deformed ridges and valleys. Northern Appalachian Basin Faults, Fractures and Tectonics and Their Effects on the Utica, Geneseo and Marcellus Black Shales, will examine the characteristics of faults and fractures that affect the sedimentary units (including black shales such as the Marcellus) in the northern Appalachian Basin of New York State. Lead by Robert Jacobi, a Senior Geology Advisor at EQT Corporation Consultant and a Geosciences Professor at the University of Buffalo, he will give discussion on the tectonics that led to the formation of the structures in the northern Appalachian Basin and the adjacent Appalachian Orogen. He will also showcase and examine maps, cross-sections, and research results that demonstrate faults and fractures in carbonates, black shale, and coarser clastics.

Course Details:

  • Leader: Dr. Robert Jacobi
  • Date: June 23-27, 2014
  • Location: Watkins Glen, NY
  • Limit: 15
  • Content: 3.0 CEU

Who Should Attend

Oil/gas and environmental geoscientists who wish to learn about fracturing, faulting, and tectonics in the northern Appalachian Basin (including black shales). A BS in geology/geophysics is recommended, and a geology/geophysics MS is helpful, as is experience in the geosciences world.

The attendee will gain a working knowledge concerning:

– How faults and fractures develop and their terminology.
– Methodologies utilized in collecting and analyzing fracture data.
– Characteristics of faults and fractures that affect the sedimentary units (including black shales) in the northern Appalachian Basin.
–Tectonics that led to the formation of the structures in the northern Appalachian Orogen and the adjacent Appalachian Basin.

Course Content
This course is a joint AAPG/University of Buffalo Field Seminar.

The course plan is a lecture in the morning, followed by field work in the afternoon that illustrates the elements of the morning lecture. The attendees will observe fracture and fault examples and collect fracture data to analyze. Longer field trips examine faults and fractures in the Utica, fractures in the Marcellus and a complete section of highly fractured Geneseo. The schedule is dependent upon the weather.

The course lectures are organized around three core areas: 1) Tectonics in the northern Appalachian Orogen, 2) Faults in the Northern Appalachian Basin, and 3) The development and characteristics of fractures and faults in the sedimentary section, including black shales. For Part 1 the attendee will learn extensive information that has promoted the advancement of Phanerozoic plate tectonic models of the Appalachian Orogen. For Part 2 the attendee will learn the connections among plate tectonics, faults and the development of the northern Appalachian Basin and selected reservoirs (e.g., the possible relation among faults and black shale maturity), as well as the evidence for faults (and their characteristics) in the Appalachian Basin of New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In Part 3, the attendee learns details about stress and fracture development, faults and rock strength, rock failure types, fracture decorations, fluid/gas driven fracturing, fracture spacing, Fracture Intensification Domains, fracture intersections, and how to display fractures. Detailed examination of fault and fracture examples will include black shale units such as the Utica, Geneseo and Marcellus. Field trips will demonstrate in gray and black shales faults and fracture spacing, intersections, and decorations. These trips will also establish methodologies for characterizing and analyzing fractures.

The course is located in the center of the Finger Lakes Wine Region, one of the most beautiful areas in the country, and is a natural laboratory that has been central to many of the advances in fracture understanding.

Field Seminar Location
Begins and ends in Watkins Glen, New York, USA (please plan to arrive in Watkins Glen the evening of June

For more information regarding this course please visit: HERE!

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