The field trip objectives are to provide the explorationist with an over view of the stratigraphy, structure and history of development of a typical field in the Alberta Fold and Thrust Belt.
This one-day field trip will traverse the southern end of the Moose Mountain anticline. The 5km long hike will follow along an E to W creek section through a well exposed Paleozoic aged succession of the Rundle Group carbonates. The surrounding cliffs, which can be up to 500m high, provides a spectacular back drop from which to explain the structural geology in three dimensions and the reservoir stratigraphy for the underlying Moose oil and gas field.
During the field trip we will examine exposures of the Mount Head, Turner Valley, Shunda, Pekisko and Banff formations of the Mississippian Rundle Group. We will relate the surface exposures to the equivalent productive reservoir intervals at depth in the Moose oil and gas field. We will also discuss the three-dimensional surface geometry of the formations as they relate to the overall geometry of the Moose anticline and the underlying oil and gas field using a cross section drawn parallel with the traverse.
Participants will be requested to drive in their own vehicles to a meeting point about 1.5 hours drive SW of Calgary. They will then be admitted through a locked gate to a restricted access area at 9am. Except in emergencies, participants will not be able to leave the area until the end of the field trip at 4pm. Full details will be made available to registered members close to the field trip.