Advanced Workshop: Micromorphology of Sediment Deformation

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

When: 7 October 2013 to 11 October 2013

Where: University of London, London, United Kingdom

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I would like to draw your attention to an advanced workshop in the micromorphology of sediment deformation which will be held at the Centre for Micromorphology at Queen Mary, University of London from 7-11th October 2013. This workshop is led by Dr Simon Carr and Professor Jaap van der Meer (QMUL) and Dr Emrys Phillips (BGS Edinburgh). This workshop is particularly aimed at researchers who have prior experience in the micro-scale analysis of glacial sediments, or who have attended previous International Workshops on Micromorphology of Glacial Sediments. However, please contact the organisers if you would like to establish whether this course is appropriate for you.

The workshop will comprise lectures examining the application of micromorphology to (glacial) sediments that preserve evidence of deformation, a review of current thinking on processes and mechanisms of sediment deformation, but mainly focuses on practical updates and training on recent developments in collection, manipulation and analysis of micro-scale properties of deforming sediments.

We anticipate the workshop to result in a co-authored paper with all participants to be published in an international, peer-reviewed journal.

Key themes explored will include:

  • Describing and understanding polyphase deformation and strain signatures;
  • Microstructural mapping and microfabric analysis;
  • Quantification and digital mapping of plasmic fabrics (Metripol analysis);
  • Application of 3D X-ray computed tomography; This includes the scanning and reconstruction of samples brought to the workshop by delegates.
  • Provenancing using thin sections.

In order for every participant to have continuous access to key equipment the maximum number is set at 12 delegates. Delegates are invited to bring thin sections of particular interest along to the workshop, and also a sediment sample to be scanned and reconstructed using 3D x-ray computed tomography

Registration for the workshop (not including accommodation) will be £500 per delegate. You can access more information on the workshop website.