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Basin Analysis 

Geology 4131 

Fall 2006

Juan M. Lorenzo
Department of Geology and Geophysics

Lecture times Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.10 -10.30 Room E207 Howe-Russell Building
Office hours Room 215 (Old Howe-Russell Building) Tuesdays and Thursdays after class. To make appointments: e-mail: juan@geol.lsu.edu or phone 578-4249


Required lecture textbook:


Basin Analysis, Principles & Applications by Philip A. Allen and John R. Allen 2nd Edition (2005)




 To introduce the study of basin evolution  in terms of (1) quantifiable tectonic processes  (2) and sedimentologic models with some application to economic exploration.
   Project description and Example



Thu 31 Introduction to the Course 2004 poll on "Why I am taking this course and what I expect to get out of it?"



Tue 5 Plate Tectonics and Basin Classification  (*.ppt )  Paper to read for homework #1
Thu 7 Lithospheric Mechanics (*.ppt)  Chapter 2 Example projects
Tue 12 Lithospheric Mechanics (*.ppt) Classification essay due Chapter 2 & Readings

Isostasy homework given out

Thu 14 Lithospheric Mechanics (*.ppt)   
Tue 19 Lithospheric Mechanics (*.ppt)

Isostasy Answer sheets

Thu 21 Basins caused by stretching  Chapter 3 InterMARGINS Workshop
"Modeling the Extensional Deformation
of the Lithosphere" (IMEDL 2004) 

Lab interpretation of Passive margin hand out

Isostasy homework due.

Project outline and research references due

Tue 26

no class

Thu 28

Basins caused by stretching 




Tue 3

  no class

SEG New Orleans
Thu 5

Fall holiday - no class

Tue 10 Basins caused by stretching East Africa Rift exercise due
Thu 12


  Project Meetings
Tue 17 Continental basins affected by flexure Chapter 4 
Thu 19   Creme Brulee vs. Jelly sandwich homework due

example of simple flexural modeling programs (.sit file)

Tue 24


Thu 26


Tue 31

Strike-slip Basins

Chapter 6



Thu 2    
Tue 7


Chapter 7

Thu 9

no class


Tue 14

 Guest speaker from Industry

Paul Wieg, Dominion 

Reservoir Architecture, Depositional Facies and Geophysical Response of Pay intervals

Project Updates Due

Thu 16



Chapters 7 & 8 Homework #3

In-class exercise

Tue 21

Basin Subsidence and Thermal Analysis

Chapter 9    Porosity in backstripping; matlab code
Thu 23 Thanksgiving Holiday-- no class  
Tue 28


Homework #3 due 

Thu 31

A primer for using Strata basin forward modeling program




Tue 5 Project Presentations MS;RR;RP;CP;AL;CJ;TJ
Thu 7 Project Presentations HF;SE,AD;JB;MB;TA;CA; Written project presentation due no later than 3.30 p.m.

Leave in mailbox (E235 Howe-Russell) or e-mail.

Recommended Pre-requisites: understanding of basic structural geology, basic stratigraphy, algebra, trigonometry, basic PC/Mac manipulation, Web navigation using freeware browser.

Course Grades: Final letter grades are calculated using the results of two-to-four (2-4) lab exercises (40%), a midterm exam (20%),and a course project (20% written and 20% oral).  A (90-100%) , B (80-89.5%), C (60-79.5%) D (50-59.5%), F (less than 49.5%) Graduate students taking this course will be held to a higher standard, commensurate with their academic seniority.