Abstract

Report of a joint British Sedimentological Research Group/Petroleum Group meeting held on 21 and 22 April 1987 at the Geological Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly. The meeting was organized by M. K. G. Whateley and K. T. Pickering.

This successful international meeting was convened to fill a considerable hiatus which has occurred since the flurry of conferences on deltaic sedimentation took place in the early and mid-1970s. It was felt that significant advances have been made in our understanding of deltas as sites and tra for fossil fuels and a timely forum was required to enable workers to disseminate their knowledge. The two-day meeting included 27 papers and 8 posters covering modern and ancient deltas in marine to fresh-water environments. Topics included: processes, facies models, petroleum, gas and coal related deltaic environments, together with general case studies. A Special Publication of the Geological Society of London will be published within about a year from the date of the meeting. The meeting attracted about 180 speakers and delegates from Germany, France, Norway, Canada, Italy, Denmark, USA and Britain.

Following the two days of plenary sessions, there was a two-day field trip led by Professor Trevor Elliot to the Westphalian of North Devon, and a two-day field trip led by Professor John Collinson to the Namurian of the Pennines. At the weekend following the field trips, there was a one-day core workshop in Edinburgh, organized by the British Geological Survey, looking at the Jurassic Brent cores from the northern North Sea.

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