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Monterey Formation Research Conference

November 4th – 5th, 2022
Ventura, California

The Monterey Formation has been the subject of academic, government, and energy industry studies for the past 50 years, primarily supporting hydrocarbon exploration and production. It was deposited during an important time in the climatic and oceanic evolution of the Neogene, recording the transition from a relatively warm "greenhouse" climate to cooler temperatures of "icehouse" climatic conditions, accompanied by significant glaciation in the polar regions. Large volumes of data and expertise were generated describing depositional, stratigraphic, and geochemical aspects of Monterey strata during the energy quest. That same expertise and data have value for multiple topics of current research, including paleoceanography and climate studies, that benefit greatly from using recently refined age dating technologies.

Presentations will be broken into the follow sessions:

Introduction to the Miocene Monterey Formation
     • Unique Geologic Setting – Tectonics, Paleoclimate, and Paleoceanography
     • Deposition, Diagenesis and Lithofacies Overview
     • Resources and Data Availability for Future Research

Advances in Chronostratigraphy
     • Reviews of techniques and updated age models

Applications to Miocene Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate Studies
     • Results and review of in-progress work

Technology Applications and New Research
     • Insight and approaches to subsurface investigations
     • Early-phase and proposed Research 

The conference will provide a unique opportunity to visit some of the classic Santa Barbara Channel Monterey outcrops with geologists that have studied these rocks over multiple decades, as well as with current researchers. The general organization will include a brief overview of the field area, and then short presentations highlighting new data and interpretation.

This is an invitation for submissions on a broad range of topics under the Monterey umbrella. Abstracts should be 250 words or less and include the title, authors, contact information, and your preference for an oral or poster presentation.

Please submit abstracts by Sept. 30, 2022.

Professional registration for the seminar on Friday is $95, student registration is $20. Registration deadline is October 28, 2022. 

Registration can be made on the Conference Page.

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Every 3rd Tuesday of the Month

Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Rd
Ventura, CA 93003

Third Tuesday of Every Month: 6PM – 9PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
  • 3451 Foothill Rd                  Ventura, CA 93003
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