February 2015

As the class of ESCI 427, we traveled to New Mexico. The trip was led by Keriann Pederson from Exxon, Rice University adjunct Vitor Abreu (also from Exxon) and Andre Droxler.

   It was interesting, to say the least. Most of the class assignments are sitting in the lab with color pencils, trying to distinguish stratigraphic surfaces on seismic reflection data or well logs... which can get monotone. We had the opportunity to look at the outcrops in a seismic scale, see how the sorting changed on the rock, notice the telltale signs of flooding and transgression.

   I learned a lot. The only downside was it was cold. Really, really cold. I don't know if it was ever part of the plan, but when we arrived at the Guadalupe Mountain visitor center, we were told not to climb it because of the snow.

Discouraged by the snow in front of Guadalupe Mountain Visitor Center. Photo by Gary Linkevich.

Discouraged by the snow in front of Guadalupe Mountain Visitor Center. Photo by Gary Linkevich.

Group photo in front of the El Capitan. (Photo credit once more Gary Linkevich)

Group photo in front of the El Capitan. (Photo credit once more Gary Linkevich)

Going into the Carlsbad Caverns, which is huge... But apparently it's only the fifth largest cave in North America. Photo taken by our class TA Pankaj Khanna.

Going into the Carlsbad Caverns, which is huge... But apparently it's only the fifth largest cave in North America. Photo taken by our class TA Pankaj Khanna.