The Book Cliffs of Utah offer a remarkable succession of fluvial and deltaic sediments deposited in the Cretaceous Interior Seaway. We learned about sequence stratigraphy concepts, and we practiced interpreting depositional environments from sedimentary structures.
Dr. Michael Hofmann joined us from the University of Montana. Dr. Hofmann worked as a geologist for ConocoPhillips for many years, specializing in clastic sequence stratigraphy. He generously donated his time and shared his insights with our students.
One of the most exciting opportunities that came from our trips to the Book Cliffs is the acquisition of six behind-the-outcrop cores, each approximately 1500 feet in depth. The cores have allowed SUU students to hone their core description skills while beginning the development of a three dimensional model of the subsurface. This model could provide valuable information for exploring energy resources in fluvial and deltaic systems.