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San Joaquin Basin, California

Outcrops in the San Joaquin Basin.

Outcrops in the San Joaquin Basin.

Larisa Masalimova's research will focus on the sedimentary mechanics, depositional setting, mud properties and content of the slurry flows of the Monterey Formation of the San Joaquin Basin. The research on slurry flow formation, evolution and deposition will be documented through integration of borehole images, thin section study, and geochemical analysis. Reservoir architecture and depositional setting will be determined using well logs and seismic data. This study will be beneficial for oil exploration, as it will document reservoir quality (porosity, permeability) and predict the occurrence and lithological changes of the slurry beds as potential reservoirs for hydrocarbons.

Glenn Sharman has started research on the detrital zircon provenance and paleogeographic setting of deepwater sandstones in the La Honda and southern San Joaquin Basins. This study will focus on two deepwater, sand-rich systems that have been displaced by right-lateral slip along the San Andreas Fault. Detrital zircon provenance analysis will be used to test current models of slip history along the San Andreas Fault, determine sediment provenance and dispersal patterns of deep-water systems, and document the paleotopography and paleodrainage during Paleogene and Neogene time.

Slurry beds with banding in core from the San Joaquin Basin
Slurry beds with banding in core from the San Joaquin Basin