This two-day course on modern and ancient deep-sea fan sedimentation provides the framework for understanding the morphology, physiography, geometry, depositional processes and reservoir potential of deep-sea fan deposits. We will focus chiefly on the principles that control fan sedimentation and the resultant morphology of fans deposited in various types of settings. Through the comparison of modern and ancient examples of deep-sea fan sedimentation, we hope to increase our understanding of the principal characteristics of fans.
The course is divided into four parts (1) the Introduction, which covers the organization of the course and history of fan studies, (2) modern deep-sea fan deposits, (3) ancient deep-sea fan deposits, and (4) the synthesis, in which the results of the separate modern and ancient examinations of deep-sea fan deposits are synthesized into models that may be applicable to petroleum exploration. Our objectives are to provide participants with sufficient information and data to develop useful models for and rapid understanding of newly explored modern fans or newly found ancient fan deposits.
We firmly believe that the present is the key to the past and, as a result, will first discuss modern deep-sea fan deposits, then ancient deep-sea fan deposits. It will become apparent quickly, however, that the different tools and techniques for studying modern and ancient fan deposits has prevented the development of a single model that unifies all previous studies and provides a predictive tool for future studies. Data obtained from piston cores, current meters, seismic reflections, side-scan sonar instruments, television cameras and