Follow staff conducting field work on Instagram #theweekof

News - 28 June 2017

Hemmo Abels and colleagues will keep you up to date on their field work on ancient rivers in Wyoming (USA) from 17 to 23 July 2017 using TU Delft’s Instagram account.

Ancient rivers – field work on Instagram #theweekof

Hemmo Abels, Joep Storms, Dirk Jan Walstra and Allard Martinus (Geoscience & Engineering) leave for Wyoming on 15 July. For two weeks they will map a large area using a drone. The visible ancient river sediments in the area provide information on the sandstone resevoirs in the subsoil. They help to predict the spread and properties of these reservoirs. The latter contain oil and gas as well as hot and cold water. This project will therefore also generate valuable information for the Delft Geothermal Project because these water reservoirs can also be found in alluvial sands.

Furthermore, the alluvial deposits in Wyoming also show how rivers changed due to climate change. A series of brief greenhouse climates took place between 56 and 52 million years ago. The deposits during these extreme climatic conditions reveal how the earth changed during these sudden periods of ‘heating’.

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