Melissa Craig, Blaise Fernandes.
Deepwater turbidite sedimentary systems are an important focus of petroleum exploration. RARG deepwater research includes two major foci; outcrop analogues and experimental modelling. Our ancient deepwater analogue research is focused on the Cambrian Donkey Bore Syncline, which exposes a salt-withdrawal mini-basin fill with over 500 m of clastic sediments in the northern part of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. The experimental modelling is being conducted by PhD student Melissa Craig, in conjunction with Dr Kathryn Amos (University of Adelaide), Dr Jaco Baas (Bangor University, UK), Dr Lorna Strachan (Auckland University, NZ) and Prof. Andy Manning (HR Wallingford, UK). The focus of this research is the dynamics and deposits of submarine sediment gravity flows affected by biological and physico-chemical cohesion, and the experiments are being conducted using facilities at the Bangor University.