Best Oral Presentation Award – GeoConvention 2017
Posted Tuesday September 5th, 2017, 3:03 pm
Congratulations to Marta Barbarano who has won the Best Oral Presentation Award recipient for her talk, Geographical and stratigraphical provenance changes in the Lower Cretaceous McMurray Formation, Alberta, Canada, as revealed by heavy mineral analysis and detrital zircon U‐Pb geochronology. Scores were compiled from the GeoConvention audience through their mobile app voting and her score was among the best in the oral presentation category out of nearly 360 total talks!
Marta was delighted hearing she'd one the award. "The McMurray Formation is, by far, my favourite working area, both for performing analysis and for challenging myself with interpreting the data. The most recent publications on the heavy minerals of the formation are from the 1950s and there is not much published zircon geochronology either. Thus, studying the provenance of the McMurray Fm. feels quite pioneering." Marta is looking forward having the opportunity of extending the dataset!
The talk integrates Chemostrat and published data – geochemistry, mineralogy (heavy mineral analysis performed both optically and with Raman spectroscopy) and zircon geochronology – in order to clarify the provenance of the McMurray Formation, part of the Athabasca Oil Sands of Alberta. In a fluvial succession, such as the study one, hydraulic sorting can play an important role in controlling heavy mineral assemblages, however we show that the main stratigraphical and geographical changes observed in available datasets are likely controlled by sediment provenance. Data can be used for mapping distinct fluvial tributaries and stacked fluvial channels, which is critical when designing production with the Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) method, largely applied in oil sands.
Please download a pdf. copy of Marta's presentation here - Barbarano_McMurray Fm. Provenance
For further information please contact Marta or Gemma.