Stratigraphy, Diagenesis, and Structural Deformation of the Monterey Formation, Central California Coast

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Stratigraphy, Diagenesis, and Structural Deformation of the Monterey Formation, Central California Coast

SEPM Field Guidebook 14

Richard J. Behl and Michael R. Gross

Publication date: 2018
Subject: Stratigraphy
Series: Field Guide

This field trip guidebook uses the Miocene Monterey Formation as a natural laboratory to understand the origin, distribution and physical properties of biogenic, siliceous and organic-rich mudrocks deposited from clastic-starved, upwelling systems above marginal marine basins. Based on a successful week-long, professional short-course led for many years by the authors, the guidebook teaches how to distinguish types of siliceous, calcareous/dolomitic, phosphatic and organic-rich rocks and to understand relationships between depositional environment, sediment and rock composition, diagenetic evolution, and bedding style or stacking patterns. Knowledge of the chemical and mineralogic character and the physical properties of these rocks is then applied to understand variations in mechanical stratigraphy and fracture architecture that can enhance prediction of petroleum reservoir properties.

ISBN 978-1-56576-358-6
eISBN 978-1-56576-359-3

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This field trip guidebook uses the Miocene Monterey Formation as a natural laboratory to understand the origin, distribution and physical properties of biogenic, siliceous and organic-rich mudrocks deposited from clastic-starved, upwelling systems above marginal marine basins. Based on a successful week-long, professional short-course led for many years by the authors, the guidebook teaches how to distinguish types of siliceous, calcareous/dolomitic, phosphatic and organic-rich rocks and to understand relationships between depositional environment, sediment and rock composition, diagenetic evolution, and bedding style or stacking patterns. Knowledge of the chemical and mineralogic character and the physical properties of these rocks is then applied to understand variations in mechanical stratigraphy and fracture architecture that can enhance prediction of petroleum reservoir properties.

The field guide takes the user to spectacular, classic outcrops of different facies of the Miocene Monterey Formation exposed along the coast of southern and central California. The great heterogeneity of the Monterey Formation permits investigation of siliceous, calcareous, phosphatic and carbonaceous mudrocks and their different properties and deformational behavior that can be applied to other mudstones around the world. Their occurrence within a complex and varied tectonically active setting provides exposures that presenting different aspects, perspectives and styles of deformation from extension to compression to strike-slip faulting, with bedding-scale to formational-scale expressions.

Pages: 124
Publisher: SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
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