This 5-day field trip offers an intensive and robust multidisciplinary approach to techniques and analysis on the field (regional geology, geodynamics, structural geology, stratigraphy, facies analysis and petroleum geology). Set on the famous Sicily Island, one of the most interesting and complex fold & thrust belts worldwide, the course is designed to show the participants typical geological control factors in different geodynamic and palaeoenvironmental scenarios. The field trip is structured in such a way that each day participants experience the integrated analysis of stratigraphic and structural settings of one specific palaeodomain, using existing datasets and comparing subsurface data and outcrops. 5 days for 5 different geological scenarios (carbonate platform, slope-to-basin, basin, terrigenous/evaporitic basin, foreland basin systems) in different tectonic stages (passive margin, failed rift, flexure, compression, thrust-top/satellite basin). Each day participants will analyse the geosettings, reconstruct the relationship and predict the geometry of subsurface structures. Landscape and seismic-scale outcrops will help the participants with the correlation of tectonic models, geophysical data and analysis of structural styles. After a geology review and an introduction to the regional settings, the field trip starts with the visit of various palaeodomains, starting from the higher structural units towards the less deformed. Different pieces of information collected each day will allow you to put them together to draw a coherent geological picture, to produce a palinspastic restoration and to analyse the geodynamic scenario. We conclude with the prospect assessment and play analysis of some oilfields in Sicily, actually in production. Good food, monuments and the impressive landscape and coastline of Sicily will accompany you along this trip.
Course Level: Skill / Advanced Instructor: Gabriele Lena
Designed for you, if you are...
A geologist, geophysicist, explorationist or geoscientist in general, keen to broaden and deepen your knowledge on the field about the kinematic evolution of a FTB-foreland system, using a multi-disciplinary approach
Continuous and well-exposed “seismic scale” outcrops will help you understand the geometries of the geological bodies, using commercial and crustal seismic profiles, well and geophysical datasets.
How we build your confidence
New insights into recognition and prediction of the geometry of shallow-seated and deep-seated structures, ramp dominated units vs. thrust sheet dominated units
Facies analysis and correlation between different palaeoenvironmental scenarios, from meso-scale to seismic scale units
Cross-correlations between outcropping and buried structures, using seismic profile and well-data applied to very impressive landscape
Explanation of new data derived from commercial and crustal profile providing new insights and prediction criteria on the relationships between a) an imbricated carbonate thrust system of the Northern chain, b) the huge Caltanissetta terrigenous trough consisting of embricated thrust systems, and c) the flexure of the Iblean foreland crust below the FTB
Different types of petroleum systems and plays will be shown during this 5-day field trip
Exercises, line drawings, stratigraphic logs, structural data plots and maps will be performed during the survey