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Oceanic Gateways: Modern and Ancient Analogs and their Conceptual and Economic Implications

28 - 30 September 2020
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Event type:
Conference, Specialist Group
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Petroleum Group
The Geological Society, Burlington House
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Deadline: Tuesday 30 June 2020

Ocean basins are connected by gateways representing narrow passages that control ocean circulation which in turn affect the distribution of deep-water strata, including various elements in existing and potential deep-water petroleum systems.

In the geological past, the onset and closure of paleogateways have influenced the global ocean circulation, climate, distribution of biota, evolution/extinctionevents, evolution of basins, sedimentary processes and hydrocarbon source rock and reservoir distribution.

This three-day conference aims to bring together diverse experts working on modern and ancient gateways in order to improve our knowledge, models and predictive power. Sessions will include

the following themes:

  • Oceanographic / paleoceanographic processes
  • Tectonic controls on gateway geometry
  • Sedimentary processes and deposits within and around gateways
  • Data integration & multidisciplinary analysis
  • Implications of gateways and contourite deposits for hydrocarbon exploration

Oceanographers, paleoceanographers, geomorphologists, sedimentologists, marine geologists, geologists as well as petroleum geologists and researchers working in numerical modelling and plate tectonic reconstructions are all invited to join the conference.

Call for abstracts: 

Please submit talk or poster abstracts to, and copy to Sarah Woodcock by Tuesday 30 June 2020.


F. Javier Hernández- Molina, Royal Holloway University of London 

Rachel Flecker, Bristol University

Sonya Legg, Princeton University, USA

Domenico Chiarella, Royal Holloway University of London 

Eleanor Stirling, BP, UK

Karyna Rodriguez, Spectrum, UK

Francois Raisson, TOTAL, France

Giancarlo, Davoli, ENI, Italy

Samuel Plitzuweit, ExxonMobil

Geolsoc Contact

Sarah Woodcock

Geological Society of London
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London
United Kingdom

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