Fold and Thrust Belts and Foreland Basin Systems

Fold and thrust belts and foreland basins are important petroleum provinces, which can be assessed through insight into their internal geometry and development. The course starts with a review of the most commonly observed structures in fold and thrust belts, focusing on the relationship between thrusting and folding. The principles behind construction of balanced cross-sections are discussed.

The next session addresses the link between the fold-thrust belt and deposition in the foreland basin system, emphasizing source to sink concepts. Thereafter, a session focuses on seismic expressions of fold-thrust structures and foreland basin geometries. The course is summarized by discussions on petroleum play concepts such as stratigraphic traps and fractured reservoirs. All sessions demonstrate key subjects through practical exercises, including team work on a sandbox analogue experiment.

The outstanding fold-thrust belt of Spitsbergen will be analysed and visited during excursions. Other discussed fold and thrust belts will be the classical Zagros Belt (Iran/Iraq/Pakistan) and Cordilleran Belt (USA).

Enrolment in a master program. Students should have general knowledge in structural geology and sedimentology.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline15.10.2014
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEarth sciencePhysical science (others)
Teaching placeSvalbard
Tagsgeologypetroleumthrust beltforeland basinfold belt
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