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Mulhern, J., and Johnson, C.L., in press, Time-space variability of paralic strata deposited in a high accommodation, high sediment supply setting: example from the Cretaceous of Utah, Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs: Recent Advances, Geological Society of London Special Volume, accepted February 2016.  [PDF]

 

Johnson, C.L., Stright, L., Purcell, R., Durkin, P., in press, Stratigraphic evolution of an estuarine fill succession, and reservoir characterization of inclined heterolithic strata, Cretaceous of southern Utah, USA, Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs: Recent Advances, Geological Society of London Special Volume, accepted February 2016. [PDF]

 

Gooley, J., Johnson, C.L., Pettinga, L., 2016, Spatial and temporal variations of fluvial architecture within a prograding clastic wedge of the Late Cretaceous Western Interior Basin (Kaiparowits Plateau), USA, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 86, p. 125-147. doi:10.2110/jsr.2016.11. [PDF removed due to JSR copywrite restrictions]

 

Chentnik, B., Johnson, C.L., Mulhern, J., Stright, L., 2015, Valleys, estuaries, and lagoons: Paleoenvironments and regressive-transgressive architecture of the Upper Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 85, p. 1166-1196. [PDF removed due to JSR copywrite restrictions]

 

Szwarc, T.S., Johnson, C.L., Stright, L.E., McFarlane, C.M., 2015, Interactions between axial and transverse drainage systems in the Late Cretaceous Cordilleran foreland basin: Evidence from detrital zircons in the Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah, USA, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127, n. 3-4, p. 372-392. [PDF]

 

Allen, J.A., Johnson, C.L., Heumann, M.J., Gooley, J., and Gallin, W., 2012, New Technology and Methodology for Assessing Sandstone Composition: A Preliminary Case Study using a Quantitative Electron Microscope Scanner (QEMScan), Geological Society of America Special Publication 487, p. 177-194. [PDF]

 

Allen, J.L., and Johnson, C., 2011, Architecture and formation of transgressive-regressive cycles in marginal marine strata of the John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation, Upper Cretaceous of southern Utah, USA, Sedimentology, v. 58, p. 1486-1513. [PDF]

 

Allen, J. L., and Johnson, C., 2010a, Sedimentary facies, paleoenvironments, and relative sea level changes in the John Henry Member, Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah, in Carney, S., Tabet, D., and Johnson, C. (eds.), Geology of South-Central Utah: UGA Guidebook 39, p. 225-247. [PDF]

 

Allen, J.L,. and Johnson, C., 2010b, Facies control on sandstone composition (and influence of statistical methods on interpretations) in the John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah, USA: Sedimentary Geology, v. 230, p. 60-76. [PDF]

 

Gallin, W., Johnson, C., and Allen, J., 2010, Fluvial and marginal marine architecture of the John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation, Kelly Grade of the Kaiparowits Plateau, south-central Utah, in Carney, S., Tabet, D., and Johnson, C. (eds.), Geology of South-Central Utah: UGA Guidebook 39, p. 248-275. [PDF]

 

 

MEETINGS ABSTRACTS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

2016 AAPG, Calgary, AB, Canada:

 

Johnson, C.L., 2016, Recognizing Decoupled Controls on Accommodation and Sediment Supply, and the Importance of Axial Drainages in Foreland Basins: Adventures in Stratigraphic Correlation from the Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation of the Kaiparowits Plateau, Southern Utah, AAPG Annual Meeting, Calgary, AB, Canada. PPT

 

Johnson, C., Stright, L., Johnson, C.L., Comer, J., and Vanorio, T., 2016, Impacts of Depositional Processes on Reservoir Quality in Tidally-Influenced Lithofacies of the Upper Cretaceous John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah, AAPG Annual Meeting, Calgary, AB, Canada. PDF

 

Mulhern, J., and Johnson, C.L., 2016, Time-Space Variability of Paralic Strata Deposited in a High Accommodation, High Sediment Supply Setting: Example from the Cretaceous of Utah, AAPG Annual Meeting, Calgary, AB, Canada. PDF

 

Primm, J.W., Johnson, C.L., and Stright, L., 2016, Progradation of an Ancient Distributive Fluvial System in a Foreland Basin: The Smoky Hollow Member of the Upper Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, AAPG Annual Meeting, Calgary, AB, Canada.  PDF

 

2015 AAPG, Denver, CO:

Stright, L., Dworsky, K., Johnson, C. and Vanorio, T., 2015, Core description, Markov Chain analysis and AVO modeling of a lagoon/tidal to fluvial transition zone in the Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah, AAPG Annual Convention, Denver, CO. [PPT]

 

Benhallam, W., Stright, L., and Johnson, C. L., 2015, Spatial analysis of channel-belt stacking patterns: metrics to discriminate between local and regional controls on deposition in the fluvial John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah, AAPG Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. [Poster]

 

Mulhern, J., Johnson, C., and Stright, L., Relating modern analogs and process-based facies models to ancient deposits: a mixed-energy estuary from the Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah [PPT]

 

Purcell, R., Johnson, C., and Stright, L., Reservoir Facies Characterization and LiDAR Model of a Mixed-Energy Estuarine-Tidal Sucession, Creatceious Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah [Poster, Supplement]

 

2015 London Geologic Society, Paralic Reservoirs, London:

Mulhern, J. Johnson, C., and Stright, L., Relating modern analogs and process-based facies models to ancient deposits: a mixed-energy estuary from the Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah, The Geological Society of London, Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs: Recent Advances and their Applications, London, May 18-19, 2015. [Poster]

 

Johnson, C., Mulhern, J. and Stright, L., Detailed Anatomy of an Axially-Incised Valley Fill System, Late Cretaceous of Southern Utah, The Geological Society of London, Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs: Recent Advances and their Applications, London, May 18-19, 2015. [PPT]

 

Dworsky, K., Stright, L., Johnson, C. and Vanorio, T., Core description, Markov Chain analysis and AVO modeling of a lagoon/tidal to fluvial transition zone in the Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah, The Geological Society of London, Sedimentology of Paralic Reservoirs: Recent Advances and their Applications, London, May 18-19, 2015 [PPT]

 

Stright, L., Dworsky, K. Johnson, C., Vanorio, T., and Bruno, P.P., Tying Rock Properties from Core to Seismic Reflectivity in a Back Barrier Lagoon from the Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah [Core Poster]

 

Purcell, R., Johnson, C. and Stright, L, Reservoir Facies Characterization and LiDAR Model of a Mixed-Energy Estuarine-Tidal Sucession, Creatceious Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah [Poster]

 

2015 AAPG GTW, Modern Depositional Systems as Analogues for Petroleum Reservoirs, Wellington, NZ

 

Mulhern, J., Johnson, C., and Stright, L., Assessing lateral variability along modern transgressive coastlines to improve ancient analog comparisons: examples from the U.S. Atlantic coast and the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway [PPT]

 

2014 AAPG, Houston TX:

 

Benhallam, W., Stright, L., and Johnson, C. L., Point pattern analysis of channel organization from the Cretaceous John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation, Kaiparowits Plateau, Southern Utah [Abstract]

 

Chentnik, B., Johnson, C.L., and Stright, L., Valleys to estuaries: Stratigraphy and paleoenvironments of the John Henry Member, Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah [Abstract]

 

Dworsky, K., Stright, L., Johnson, C.L., Bruno, P.P., and Vanorio, T., Tying rock properties from core to seismic reflectivity in the Kaiparowits Plateau, Utah [Abstract]

 

Johnson, C., Swarcz, T., and Stright, L., Provenance and architectural analysis of linked fluvial and marginal marine depositional systems, Cretaceous Kaiparowits basin, southern Utah, USA: insights from detrital zircon U/Pb geochronology and paleomorphodynamics

 

Mulhern, J., Johnson, C.L., and Stright, L., Along-strike thickness variation and facies trends in marginal marine stratigraphic architecture, examples from the Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation in the northern Kaiparowits Plateau, southern Utah, USA [Abstract]

 

Purcell, R., Johnson, C.L., and Stright, L., Characterization and modeling of tidal influence in a fluvial to marine transition zone: Cretaceous John Henry Member (Straight Cliffs Formation), southern Utah [Abstract]

 

2013 ICFS, Leeds UK

Johnson, C.L., Stright, L., Benhallem, W., Pettinga, L., and Turner, L., 2013, Metrics of Stratigraphic Architecture, and Depositional Controls on Fluvial Channel Belt Evolution: Example from the Cretaceous of Utah (USA), Abstracts with Program: 10th International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology, Leeds, UK. [Poster PDF] [Extended Abstract PDF]

 

2013 GSA, Denver CO:

Chentnik, B., Johnson, C.L., Stright, L., and Mulhern, J., 2013, Stratigraphic evaluation of incised valleys in the Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah, Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. [Abstract]

 

Mulhern, J., Johnson, C.L., and Stright, L., 2013, Stratigraphic Analysis of the Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation, North Kaiparowits Plateau, Southern Utah, Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. [Abstract]

 

Szwarc, T., Johnson, C., McFarlane, C., 2013, Interactions Between Axial and Transverse Drainage Systems in the Cordilleran Foreland Basin: Evidence from Detrital Zircons in the Straight Cliffs Formation (Coniacian-Santonian), Southern Utah, Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. [PPTx]

 

2013 Rocky Mountain Section AAPG, Salt Lake City UT

Dworsky, K., Stright, L., Vanorio, T., and Johnson, C.L., 2013, Subsurface to Outcrop: Linking Rock Physics and Depositional Environment to Seismic Reflectivity Data, Kaiparowits Plateau, Utah, Abstracts with Program: 62nd Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of AAPG, Salt Lake City, UT. [Poster

 

Szwarc, T., and Johnson, C.L., 2013a, Sedimentary Provenance, Transport, and Mixing of Cretaceous Fluvial and Marginal Marine Strata in the Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah: Insights from Detrital Zircon Geochronology, Abstracts with Program: 62nd Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of AAPG, Salt Lake City, UT. [Poster]

 

Wassim, B., Stright, L., Pettinga, L., and Johnson, C.L., 2013, Point Pattern Analysis of Channel Organization from the Cretaceous John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation, Kaiparowits Plateau, Southern Utah, Abstracts with Program: 62nd Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of AAPG, Salt Lake City, UT. [Poster

 

2012 AAPG, Pittsburgh, PA:

Pettinga, L., and Johnson, C.L., 2012, Outcrop-Based Reservoir Characterization of a Fluvial Reservoir System: John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation (Cretaceous, Utah), AAPG Annual Convention, Long Beach, CA. [Poster]

 

Dooling, P., Johnson, C.L., and Allen, J.A., 2012, Preservation and Architecture of Transgressive-Regressive Cycles in the Upper Cretaceous John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation, Left Hand Collet Canyon, Southern Utah, USA, AAPG Annual Convention, Long Beach, CA. [Poster]

 

DEFENSE TALKS, THESES AND DISSERTATIONS

 

 

Julia Mulhern, Ph.D. (2016): Time-space variabiloty of paralic environments: Emphasis on barrier island preservation and paleomorphodynamics. [PPT] [defense talk] [thesis PDF]

 

Jonathan Primm, M.S. (2016): Decoupled accommodation and sediment supply in the Late Cretaceous Cordilleran foreland basin of southern Utah: An extabasinal affair. [PPT] [defense talk] [thesis PDF]

 

Ryan Purcell, M.S., (2015): Stratigraphic evolution of an estuarine fill succession, and reservoir characterization of inclined heterolithic strata, Cretaceous of southern Utah [PDF] [PPT]

 

Wassim Benhallam, M.S., (2015): Spatial analysis of channel-belt stacking patterns: metrics to discriminate between local and regional controls on deposition in the fluvial John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah [PPT][PDF]

 

Karenth Dworsky, M.S. (2015): Tying rock properties from core to depositional processes and examining the relationship through forward seismic reflection modeling in the Kaiparowits Plateau, southern Utah [PDF] [PPT]

 

Brenton Chentnik (2014): Valleys, estuaries, and lagoons: Paleoenvironments and regressive-transgressive architecture of the upper Cretaceous Straight Cliffs Formation [PDF] [PPT]

 

Alex Turner, M.S. (2014): Temporal variability in fluvial deposition and the implications for static reservoir connectivity: John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation (Cretaceous, Utah) [PDF] [PPT]

 

Tyler Szwarc, M.S. (2013): Interactions between axial and transverse drainage systems in the Late Cretaceous Cordilleran foreland basin: evidence from detrital zircons in the Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah, USA.  [PPT][PDF]

 

Patrick Dooling, M.S. (2012): Tidal facies, stratigraphic architecture, and along-strike variability of a high energy, transgressive shoreline, Late Cretaceous, Kaiparowits Plateau, southern Utah. [PPT][PDF]

 

Luke Pettinga, M.S. (2012): Alluvial Architecture and Paleomorphodynamic of the Upper Cretaceous John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Fm., Utah.  [PPT][PDF]

 

Ian Semple, M.S. (2011): Sedimentary geology and geoscience education: A combined study of sequence stratigraphy and spatial visualization using outcrop examples from the Cretaceous-Tertiary of Utah. [PDF] [PPT]

 

William Gallin, M.S. (2010): Fluvial stratigraphic architecture of the John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation, Kaiparowits Plateau, Utah, USA. [PDF] [PPT]

 

Jared Gooley, M.S. (2010): Alluvial Architecture and Predictive Modeling of the Late Cretaceous John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation, Southern Utah. [PDF] [PPT]

 

Jessica Allen, Ph.D. (2009): Transgressive-regressive cycles in a high accommodation setting, John Henry Member, Straight Cliffs Formation: Implications for facies architecture and sequence stratigraphy. [PDF, Appendices PDF] [PPT]

Kaiparowits Sneak Peak

Location map of past and present studies along the Kaiparowits Plateau. Currently we have 4 active students working in the area and have admitted 4 more for the Fall of 2012.

GigaPan Interpretation of the fluvial architecture of Rock House Cove. This GigaPan has been Georeferenced in GoogleEarth and is available as a KMZ file.

This is an image of some tests that Dr. Cari Johnson has performed with her students to collect LIDAR and georeference it in GoogleEarth.  Digital data collection and georeferencing of data is on of our active area of researchs.

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