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Registration Open Microbial Carbonates Organising Committee:

Bernie Vining Baker Hughes

Kate Gibbons Baker Hughes

Bill Morgan Morgan Geoscience Consulting, LLC

Dan Bosence Royal Holloway University of London

Daniel Le Heron Royal Holloway University of London

Erwan Le Ber Royal Holloway University of London

Tim Pritchard BG Group

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Microbial carbonates occur globally throughout the stratigraphic column, from the Archean to the present-day and occur in a wide range of environments. They constitute principal reservoirs of the recent pre-salt discoveries offshore Brazil, producing fields in the Middle East, and are the targets of the pre-salt play offshore Angola. Further development of our understanding and knowledge of microbial carbonates has significant implications for future worldwide exploration and production of these intriguing deposits.

Key themes to be explored by the speakers over the 2 day conference include: • Regional and Basin settings, in particular new advances in the understanding of the pre-salt south Atlantic margins.

• Reservoir Studies: from Gulf of Mexico, to Kazakhstan (Karachaganak, Tengiz and Korolev fields) and Oman (South Oman Salt Basin and analogue).

• Analogues: Understanding of frontier Precambrian petroleum systems, with analogue studies in Namibia to well-known reservoirs from Oman.

• Depositional and environmental controls illustrated by a range of studies from the Great Salt Lake, Eocene Green River to the Permian Zechstein in the North Sea.

• Texture and diagenesis: unlocking the conundrum of texture, diagenesis, pore systems and preservational vs. depositional environment.

• Petrophysical Characterisation: challenges in sampling and measurements to techniques for 3D visualisation of porosity network.

Keynote Speakers:

Stanley Awramik: Microbialites in Time and Space. Giovanna Della Porta: Non-marine carbonates: variety and porosity of microbially mediated and abiotic fabrics. Paul Wright: To be or Not to be, Microbial: does it matter?


For registration, more information and to view a listing of the presentations, go to or contact: Steve Whalley, The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG. T:020 7434 9944 F:020 7494 0579

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