Derald Smith studying Late Cretaceous deposits in the Alberta Badlands.
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Pre-conference Field Trips

Field trips for ICFS 11 will include a variety of pre-, post- and mid-conference excursions. Calgary is ideally situated for a number of trips to examine both modern and ancient fluvial environments in western Canada.

The field trips are co-hosted and sponsored by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG). Trips will be run in accorance with the AAPG Field Trip Safety Guidelines as outlined in Field Safety in Uncontrolled Environments: A Process-Based Guidebook, 2005

Depositional controls and sedimentology of the Lower Cretaceous McMurray Formation

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Milovan Fustic

University of Calgary

Bryce Jablonski

Devon Canada

Rudy Strobl

EnerFox Enterprises Geoscience Services

Dates: July 14-16Capacity: 15

Regular - $750 Student - $700


This 2½-day field trip starts in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Attendees will fly to Fort McMurray in the afternoon of Friday July 14th and return to Calgary on Sunday evening. Direct flights are approximately 2 hours each way.

Field Trip Fee includes hotel accommodation, Friday evening meal and lunches on Saturday and Sunday.

Note: Flights to and from Fort McMurray are not included in the trip costs, they are the responsibility of the attendee.


Outstanding 60-80 m high exposures of the Lower Cretaceous McMurray Formation, drill hole data from behind outcrops and regional subsurface mapping provide a strong basis for understanding depositional controls and sedimentological aspects of this fluvial to marine transgressive succession and the discussion.

A variety of data allows for a 3D understanding of the McMurray Formation
Integration of outcrop, drill hole and seismic data for 3D understanding of McMurray Formation tidally influenced fluvial successions

Discussion topics include: Bedrock control on fluvial and tidal sedimentation; local to continental scale paleo-drainage systems and sediment provenance; stratigraphy in low-accommodation settings; implications of the backwater effect within the fluvial-marine transition.

Architectural elements of the fluvial-marine transition including: open estuaries; small-scale stacked channel deposits; tidal-flat deposits and large-scale tidal-fluvial point bar successions.

In-situ thermal recovery aided by various geophysical tools
Core hole, dip meter, formation micro imaging logs, and temperature data are key tools for 3D modeling and applications of sedimentology to in-situ thermal recovery

Process sedimentological analysis of tidal-fluvial point bars including: Types and genesis of mudstone-clast breccias; quantitative geometric understanding of inclined heterolithic stratification (IHS) and the processes, which form it (i.e., seasonality, metre-scale cycles etc.); chute channel deposits and geometric expression; evidence for debris flows; controls on mud deposition and preservation in the fluvial-marine transition.

The South Saskatchewan: a classic sand-bed braided river

Outlook, Saskatchewan

Unfortunately this trip has been cancelled.