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Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory

Annual Review Meeting


Invitation to the

2018 Annual Review Meeting and Field Trip


The annual review meeting of the CSL – Center for Carbonate Research will be held October 15-16, 2018 in Miami at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) on Virginia Key. During the annual review, we will report the results of the ongoing projects and discuss the planned projects for the coming year. A list of the projects covered during the meeting is listed in the meeting program section below.

This year’s field trip (October 17-21, 2018) will be to the Bahamas. The objectives of the field trip are to 1) illustrate the depositional characteristics and dimensions of facies belts across an isolated platform; 2) relate variable accommodation space and facies heterogeneities to reservoir models; and 3) improve the interpretation of subsurface core, log and seismic data of carbonate systems. The cost of the field trip is $5,400.00.  This includes transportation to and from the Bahamas, all ground transportation, onboard boat accommodations in the Bahamas, meals and course notes.    



Annual Review Meeting - October 15-16, 2018

The meeting will begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, October 15th in the seminar room at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway.  The seminar room is in the Science/Administration Bldg., Room 103 (follow signs).  We will not be providing transportation to the meeting.  The review meeting will end at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 16th

In the afternoon of October 16th, there will be an introduction to the field trip and a Core Workshop. We will be showing key cores from Unda and Clino drilled on western Great Bahama Bank that ties directly to the field trip. We also will display cores from the Vaca Muerta Formation that were collected in the outcrops in the Neuquén Basin in Argentina.


Field Trip – October 17-21, 2018

Please extend your hotel reservation in Miami for departure on October 17th. The field trip participants will fly to Bimini, Bahamas where they will board the R/V Coral Reef II.  The field trip ends late afternoon (5-6 PM) on Sunday, October 21st at Miami International Airport.

Please arrive in Miami on the evening of October 14th.  The University of Miami has a special corporate rate with several hotels in Coconut Grove.  We recommend you make a reservation at the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove:  


Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove

2889 McFarlane Road

Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Reservations Online: University of Miami - Sonesta Reservation Portal

After you put in the dates of your visit, you can enter the Corporate code.

Promo/Corporate code: UM


If the Sonesta is full, you might want to consider the Mayfair Hotel & Spa:

Mayfair Hotel & Spa

3000 Florida Avenue

Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Reservations Online:  The Corporate Code is UOM. Click here.

Both of these hotels are only a 15-20 minute taxi ride from Coconut Grove to RSMAS. 



Please register for the meeting and the field trip by e-mail or phone as soon as possible with Karen Neher.  Her email address is kneher@rsmas.miami.edu and her phone number is (305) 421-4684. It is especially important to make the field trip reservation as soon as possible as we have space for only 11 participants on the R/V Coral Reef II. 

Registration deadline for the field trip is Friday, August 10, 2018.

Registration for the meeting is Friday, September 14, 2018.

We hope to see many of you at the meeting.

Best regards,



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Meeting Program




Welcome and Introduction

  Gregor P. Eberli

Shelf-Margin Clinoforms of the Vaca Muerta-Picún Leufú Mixed System 

  Laura E. Rueda, Gregor P. Eberli, Peter K. Swart, Ralf J. Weger, and Max Tenaglia

Regional And Local Variability of TOC in the Vaca Muerta Formation, Argentina

  Max Tenaglia, Ralf J. Weger, Gregor P. Eberli, Peter K. Swart, and the Vaca Muerta Team

Acoustic Properties of Short Core Samples from the Vaca Muerta Formation, Neuquén Basin, Argentina

  Ralf J. Weger, Mustafa Kamil Yüksek, Gregor P. Eberli, Leticia Rodriguez Blanco, Laura Rueda, Max Tenaglia, Peter K. Swart, and Donald F. McNeill

Rebound Hardness and its Relationship to Mineralogy, Reservoir Quality, and Petrophysical and Rock Mechanical Properties, in the Vaca Muerta Formation, Argentina

  Yulun Wang, Ralf J. Weger, Gregor P. Eberli, and Michael G. Grammer

Coffee Break


A Compaction Index for Calcareous Mudstone in the Vaca Muerta Formation, Neuquén Basin, Argentina

  Donald F. McNeill, Leticia Rodriguez-Blanco, Ralf J. Weger, Jara Schnyder, Max Tenaglia, and the Vaca Muerta Team

Early Marine Burial Diagenesis: Insights from Clumped and Calcium Isotopes

  Peter K. Swart, Phillip T. Staudigel, and J.A. Higgens

Evaluating Microbial Influence on Marine Carbonate Concretions using Clumped Isotope Paleothermometry

  Megan Smith, Sean Murray, Donald McNeill, and Peter Swart



Using Clumped and Magnesium Isotopes to Constrain Dolomitizing Fluids in the Dengying Formation, Ediacaran, South China

  Chaojin Lu, Sam Purkis, Peter K. Swart, Huayao Zou, and Zhen Liu

Isotopic Evidence for Bacterial Sulfate Reduction and Recrystallization Within the Sediments and Pore Waters of the Maldives

  Evan W. Moore and Peter K. Swart

Ooids as Archives of Past Conditions

  Paul (Mitch) Harris, Mara R. Diaz, and Gregor P. Eberli

“Exotic Mud” - Ocean Chemistry and Hydrodynamics as Controls of Mud Production on Great Bahama Bank

  Sam Purkis, Amanda Oehlert, Matthew Aldrich, Peter Swart, Thomas Dobbelaere, Emmanuel Hanert, and Paul (Mitch) Harris

Coffee Break


Reservoir Implications of Facies and Diagenetic Variability in an Oolitic Grainstone – Pleistocene Miami Oolite

  Paul (Mitch) Harris and Sam Purkis

Comparative Stable Isotope (d13C and d18O) Analysis of Stromatolites from Hamelin Pool and the Exumas: Implications for Formation Mechanism 

  Amanda M. Oehlert, Ingrid Izaguirre, R. Pamela Reid, Erica P. Suosaari, Brooke Vitek, Sean P. Ahearn, and Peter K. Swart

Mapping and Quantifying Cold-Water Corals in the Straits Of Florida

  Kimberly C. Galvez, Gregor P. Eberli, Mark Grasmueck, Claudia Wienberg, Dierk Hebbeln, and Thiago Correa

Carbonate Contourites and Drifts: An Overview

  Gregor P. Eberli



Return to Hotel




Dolomitization of Shallow Water Carbonates in the Bahamas Revisited

  Peter K. Swart, Sean T. Murray, and John A. Higgins

PondView for 3D GPR: A new intuitive Method to visualize Fractures and Clasts inside Carbonate Reservoirs

  Mark Grasmueck and David Viggiano

Current-Swept Terraces and Prograding Drifts in The Straits Of Florida

  Sara Bashah, Kelly Bergman, Thiago B.S. Correa, Mark Grasmueck and Gregor P. Eberli

No Excess Nutrients or Oxygen Minimum Zone (OMZ) Detected in the Drowned Kardiva Platform, Maldives

  Anna Ling, Gregor P. Eberli, and Peter K. Swart

Coffee Break


Petrophysical Characteristics of Carbonate Drift Deltas in the Maldives

  Emma L. Giddens, Gregor P. Eberli, Luuk Kleipool, Ralf J. Weger, Christian Betzler, Thomas Lüdmann, and Angela Slagle

A Cretaceous Carbonate Drift Delta in The Maiella Mountains, Italy

  Gregor P. Eberli, Thomas Lüdmann1, Daniel Bernoulli, Adam Vecsei, Flavio S. Anselmetti, Mark Grasmueck, Rizky Sekti, Maria Mutti, and Giovanna della Porta

Do Drift Sediments Records the Global Carbon Isotope Signal?

  Peter K. Swart, Greta J. Mackenzie, Gregor P. Eberli, Thomas Lüdmann, and Christian Betzler

Lessons from Hamelin Pool and the Maldives for the Coquina Reservoirs in Libra, Santos Basin

  Gregor P. Eberli, Erica P. Suosaari, Ergin Kacara, Mara R. Diaz, Christian Betzler, Anna Ling, and other IODP Exp 359 shipboard scientists



Future Projects 


Core Workshop 


2018 Annual Review Topics

Carbonate Systems and Reservoir Characterization

  • Geostatistical Analysis of Diagenetic Modification of the Miami Oolite
  • Reef Development during the Oligo-Miocene Transition: A New Record from the Cocinetas Basin, Colombia
  • Carbonate Contourites and Drifts – Sedimentologic Characteristics and Dimensions
  • Influence of Ocean Currents on Miocene Carbonate Platform Drowning (Year 2)
  • The Maiella Drift Fan – The Cretaceous Analog to the Coarse-Grained Carbonate Drift Fan in the Maldives
  • South China Sea Oceanographic Impact on the Luconia Platforms Offshore Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Refining Habitat Mapping of Benthic Communities in the Straits of Florida
  • The Evolution of the Straits of Florida and the Miami Terrace


  • Petrophysical Calibration of the Coarse-Grained Carbonate Drift Fan, Maldives
  • Testing the Extended Biot Theory in Carbonates of the Maldives
  • Petrophysical Properties of a Fringing Reef Margin: Pleistocene Dominican Republic
  • Rock Physics Observations During Controlled Microbially Induced Precipitation


Unconventional Reservoirs

  • Comparing the Petrophysical Characteristics of Unconventional Carbonate Reservoirs (Vaca Muerta, Miss Lime, Bakken, and Eagleford)
  • Acoustic and Electrical Calibration of Different Vaca Muerta Facies   (Year 3)
  • Lithologic and Geochemical Calibration of the Basal Clinoforms in the Sierra the La Vaca Muerta, Neuquén Basin, Argentina
  • Concretions as Compaction Proxies in the Vaca Muerta Formation, Neuquén Basin, Argentina


Geobiology and Geochemistry

  • Global Synchronous Changes in the Carbon Isotopic Composition of Platform-Derived Sediments
  • The Influence of Diagenesis on the C, B, and S Isotopic Composition of Carbonate Sediments
  • The Behavior of Carbon Isotopes During the Dissolution of Carbonates by Phosphoric Acid
  • Towards an Understanding of the Use of Clumped Isotopes to Study Diagenesis
  • The Formation and Dissolution of Celestine: A Possible Mechanism for Creating Secondary Porosity in Platform-Derived Sediments

Field Trip: October 17-21, 2018


We were able to reserve the RV Coral Reef for 5 days after the annual review meeting. Thus, this year’s field trip will be to the Great Bahama Bank


Figure 1: Satellite image of the Florida Bahamas region with the route of the field trip in orange and the field stops in green Xs. 


This 5-day seminar explores the vertical and lateral facies successions and heterogeneities of Great Bahama Bank.

As modern analogs, the facies belts on Great Bahama Bank display the depositional heterogeneities that may occur in ancient hydrocarbon reservoirs. We explore the spatial heterogeneity within a carbonate platform, a facies belt or individual facies bodies, while simultaneously exploring the fundamental controlling processes. Dimensions and lateral variability of classic reservoir facies are examined during the seminar. Field stops include the leeward platform margin (Cat Cay ooid shoal), the platform interior, the tidal flats of Andros, the ooid shoals of Joulters Cay, patch reefs, and the Andros Island barrier reef. Pleistocene outcrops on Bahamian islands show how these facies are preserved in the ancient rock record.


The objectives are to:

  1. Illustrate the depositional characteristics and dimensions of facies belts across an isolated platform.
  2. Relate variable accommodation space and facies heterogeneities to reservoir models.
  3. Improve the interpretation of subsurface core, log and seismic data of carbonate systems.


Cost:  $5,400. -, Includes transportation to and from the Bahamas, all ground transportation, onboard boat accommodation in the Bahamas, meals and course notes are included.




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