Stanford University

Geological Sciences Seminar: Chris Jackson, Imperial College – “Hot rocks under our feet; seismic reflection imaging of the processes and products of crustal magmatism”

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 12:00 PM
GeoCorner 220 - 450 Serra Mall, Building 320
Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends
Department of Geological Science

** Please join us for coffee and cookies in the GeoCorner Undergraduate lounge (bldg. 320, rm 114) before the talk, at 11:30am! - Seminar will be in room 220~

Volcanoes are hot, loud and scary, thus we know little of their internal structure or underlying 'plumbing systems'. Magma intrusion in the Earth's crust, and the extrusion of this material on its surface, represent a natural (geo)hazard; however, these processes can also result in the formation of economic quantities of hydrocarbons. In this talk I will show how 3D seismic reflection data can illuminate the structure and emplacement mechanics of these 'hot rocks'. I will also demonstrate the key role igneous processes and products play in the development of petroleum systems on continental margins.

Professor Christopher Jackson is Statoil Professor of Basin Analysis at Imperial College, where he is Head of the Basins Research Group (BRG). Having completed his BSc and PhD at the University of Manchester, Chris was employed as an exploration research geologist in the Norsk Hydro (now Statoil) research centre, Bergen, Norway. Since moving to Imperial College, Chris’ research has focused on the tectono-stratigraphic analysis of sedimentary basins, with particular interest and expertise in the application of 3D seismic reflection and borehole data. He uses both traditional fieldwork techniques and seismic data to understand and to investigate the structure and kinematics of rifts and inversion structures, the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of salt-influenced sedimentary basins, and the petroleum potential of structurally complex basins.

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