Bristol- & British Channel, UK

This one-week MSc field seminar Reservoir-Geology on the coasts of the Bristol- and British Channel is part of our Reservoir-Geology course, the follow-up of our MSc Basic Geology module (courses Structural Geology and Depositional Systems). Its goal is a fundamental understanding of reservoir geology concepts, including sedimentary, diagenetic and structural aspects and a general understanding of the Meso- to Cenozoic basins of the region.

We visit the famous cliffs along the Bristol- and the British Channel, covering Triassic to Cretaceous rocks. Students work out the geology of these world class exposures, covering several structural and diagenetic aspects of different depositional settings. The subsurface is interpreted by seismic interpretation, and the regional geology correlated with the stratigphy around Karlsruhe.

  • day 1 Lilstock, Kilve (fractured carbonates I)
  • day 2 Watchet (porous rocks, depositional systems, faults)
  • day 3 Budleigh Salterton & Orcombe Point (porous, depo, faults), Lyme Regis (fractured carbonates II)
  • day 4 Kimmeridge Bay (top seal and source rocks), Lulworth Cove (mapping project)
  • day 5 West Bay (reservoir rocks and depositional systems), Osmington Mills (diagenesis)