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PESA WA Workshop: Salt Tectonics in Australian Sedimentary Basins

Thursday, 23 February, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Australia/Perth time)

$100.00 – $500.00

Guest Speaker(s): Chris Elders

Chris Elders is Professor of Petroleum Geology at Curtin University.  He has worked extensively on salt structures in the Petrel Basin and Officer Basin, as well as on the extensive salt deposits in the North Sea, originally while working as an exploration geologist for Shell in the Netherlands, and subsequently at Royal Holloway in the University of London.

PESA WA invites you to a 1 day workshop on Friday 23rd February

“Salt Tectonics in Australian Sedimentary Basins

with instructor Chris Elders

Interest in salt deposits in sedimentary basins has increased dramatically in recent years because of its potential role as a seal for natural hydrogen and helium accumulations, and as a site for the storage hydrogen and other gases. Although salt is present in a number of Australian basins, there are relatively few studies that document the evolution of salt structures in the context of wider research that has developed rapidly over the past 20 years.

In this workshop we will examine current thinking on the evolution of salt structures and apply these concepts to examples of salt structures from the Petrel, Vulcan, Canning, Officer and Amadeus basins. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their own favourite salt structures for part of the discussion.


Location: Curtin University, 137 St Georges Terrace, Brookfield Place

(first floor of the old Perth Technical School/Perth Technical College building)


Ticket Prices:

Member: $350

Student Member: $100

Non-Member: $500

Tickets close 5pm Monday 20th of February


On Friday 24 February (1.00 pm to 4.00 pm) a special session of the Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Interest Group at the Perth Core Library, 37 Harris St, Carlisle, led by Vincent Crombez, Fionna McNee and Chris Elders, will examine cores from mineral and petroleum wells in the Canning and Office basins that have penetrated thick salt sequences.  This will provide us with the opportunity to investigate the composition and deformational fabrics in mobile and non-mobile salt, as well as the underlying and overlying stratigraphic successions.  As is tradition, the SSIG workshop will be followed by drinks at 4.00 pm at the Balmoral Hotel, Victoria Park.

Participants can choose to attend both of the events, or just one of them.  However, for insurance purposes the SSIG core workshop is only open to members. If you are not currently a member you will need to sign up before booking. Members who attend the full day workshop on the 23rd of February, can attend the SSIG core workshop on the 24th of February for free.  Register for the SSIG core workshop here.



Thursday, 23 February, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(Australia/Perth time)
$100.00 – $500.00
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    Curtin University – Bentley Campus (Building 500 – Department of Chemistry)
    Department of Chemistry, Kent St, Bentley WA 6102
    Perth, WA 6102 Australia
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