Seismic Geomorphology: From the Earth’s Ocean Depths to the Distal Planets, a revolution in reconstructing landscape form and processes

Speaker: Lesli J. Wood | Colorado School of Mines 

January 21, 2020
Hyatt Hotel, Imperial Ballroom 5/7/9 | 700 Centre Street SE, Calgary AB T2G 5P6

11:30am: Doors Open
12:00pm: Talk Starts

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When we are asked to account revolutionary concepts from the past 50 years of sedimentology and stratigraphy, we are often at a loss to move much beyond “the turbidite”? Some of us can list “sequence stratigraphy”, although Larry Sloss would argue that these ideas had been around but were simply popularized in the past 40 years. However, the development of Seismic Geomorphology and even further, our ability to quantify the earth’s historical nature through Quantitative Seismic Geomorphology has truly been an eye-opening revolution in the way we see the historic Earth. The canon fire driving this revolution’s forward advance is three-dimensional seismic data, and this advance rides upon the shoulders of the science of geomorphology. In recent years, the development of Digital Geomorphology, has further advanced our recognition of processes that have formed our sister planets. This talk will document, in amazing detail the advances in planet surface process imagery through seismic geomorphologic and other technologies and detail the revolution that this ability to see into ancient landscapes, has spawned in our understanding of the earth’s process history and the formation of our sister planets.


Dr. Wood joined the faculty at Colorado School of Mines in 2015 as the Robert J.Weimer Distinguished Chair and Professor in Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology, where she is Professor and Director of the Sedimentary Analogs Database and Research Program (SAnD). Prior to joining CSM, Dr. Wood held positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Amoco Production Company and Arco.  Dr. Wood specializes in quantitative seismic geomorphology of clastic basins, tectonics and sedimentary system interactions, submarine and sublacustrine mass failures, petroleum geology, shales tectonics and geomorphology of Mars. She has served as SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology national Secretary-Treasurer, the GCSSEPM President and is active in AAPG. Dr. Wood has published widely on the nature of modern and ancient deep- to shallow-water systems around the world and, she and her students have won numerous best paper and poster awards.

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