Trenton-Black River: Research Approach and Progress
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Contact: Dave Harris
This project will attempt to provide geological and geophysical data to aid Trenton-Black River exploration. Ordovician outcrops and cores will be analyzed in detail, and high-resolution
seismic-reflection data will be acquired.
The project will consist of the following tasks. Click on each link to view progress.
- Field work in central Kentucky, and coring of shallow dolostone bodies near faults to determine their three-dimensional geometry
- Petrographic and geochemical analysis of dolostones to help model the dolomitization mechanism
- Structural analysis to determine the controls on dolomitization along faults
- High-resolution seismic imaging of the dolostone bodies using both P-wave and S-wave energy sources, and ground penetrating radar (GPR) imaging
- Integration with similar research in progress on Trenton-Black River outcrops and core at the New York State Museum Center for Stratigraphy and
Paleontology by Taury Smith. We hope that integration of these two studies will result in a basinwide model for tectonically emplaced dolostone in Ordovician carbonates
- Reporting and technology transfer
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