Basin-Fill Carbonates and Evaporites in Southern England, UK

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The association of evaporites and carbonates in arid environments can result in reservoir and seal facies in close proximity, as in the Middle East. Evaporites and carbonates deposited in extensive shallow lagoons during the late Jurassic are exposed along the Dorset coast in southern England, where a shallowing-up succession can be investigated from basin-centre evaporites through ooid shoals, algal tidal flats and sabkhas to palaeosols. This region is distinguished by the exceptional preservation of fossil forest environments. The preservation of the trees allows us to investigate the nature of the hinterland environment and climatic conditions governing the carbonate—evaporite system.

This field trip can also be delivered in conjunction with our Carbonate Reservoir Geology course.



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