Modern Carbonates Course – Belize, Central America
Dates: Available on request
Location: Belize, Central America
Workshop Fee: TBA
Course OverviewDesigned for participants to view carbonate depositional environments in a modern setting, emphasizing spatial variability and resulting reservoir parameters. Examples of subsurface producing carbonate reservoirs in Western Canada will be compared to modern environments in the field. Run on 22 previous occasions the course begins in Dangriga and is then based on South Water Caye, an island located directly on the Belize Barrier Reef. The group will visit classic examples of:
- patch reefs and pinnacles
- isolate reefs and barrier reefs
- siliciclastic shoreline
- carbonate shelf transition
- outlying atolls
AccommodationAccommodation on the mainland is at the Pelican Beach Hotel in Dangriga. Shared accommodation is at Blue Marlin Lodge. Located directly on the Belize barrier system, this picturesque reef rubble island offers a convenient base for our field excursions. The Blue Marlin Lodge is accustomed to scientific visitors and SCG has used the facility in previous years. It has also been the base for field work by companies such as Chevron Overseas. The lodge is just north of the Smithsonian Institute’s field station at Carrie Bow Caye. Access to fax and phone, is available, and with registration at the Belize airport, cellular phone service can be arranged.
InstructorsTo maintain contact on land and in the water, we provide 2 instructors and a logistics co-ordinator. Dr. Frank Stoakes has over 30 years experience in stratigraphic studies of the Western Canada Basin both at a research (regional study) and exploration level. He was employed for 6 years by Esso Canada Resources Ltd., where he taught a number of carbonate-related courses that included 5 schools in Florida and the Bahamas. As a consultant he has conducted regional studies and carbonate courses for the industry for over 24 years including over 35 modern courses. Instructors are familiar with Belize and have been there on a number of previous occasions. As subsurface geologists, they recognize the need to portray the Modern in terms of Paleozoic analogues from the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.
Pre and Post Course ItineraryWe will offer an pre-course meeting in Calgary approximately 1 month prior to departure. At this time we would distribute a list of snorkeling equipment required, give details of the itinerary and outline safety guidelines. We also poll participants for any special dietary, allergy or health issues. Participants will be required to sign a waiver form at this meeting. On our return from Belize we offer a half-day core workshop at the ERCB, presenting ancient examples of concepts presented in the modern course. This post-course briefing can be tailored to areas of exploration focus specific to participants.
Belize Modern Carbonate Course CostTotal course cost consists of a tuition amount paid directly to SCG Ltd., and a personal expenses amount (this is estimated) for flight, exit tax, etc. Tuition:
- $5100.00 (CDN) per person
- includes all costs pickup from / drop-off to Belize City;
- accommodations (shared);
- meals and non-alcoholic beverages;
- boat transportation;
- flight to Dangriga;
- 1.5 hour barrier reef and atoll overflight;
- half day core workshop at AER Core Research Facility;
- $1,100.00 per person
- airfare Calgary-Belize City-Calgary (same-day connections via Houston);
- miscellaneous personal expenses;
- Pre-course meeting approximately 1 month prior to departure;
- Spring 2015
- Post course workshop will be scheduled upon return.