On Saturday, geologist Mike Ponek ( Chevron ) and Dave Mayer led us on a half day field trip of San Joaquin Valley oil field history and geology. Highlights of the day included the McKittrick Tar Seeps, West Kern Oil Museum, and Lakeview Gusher. We would like to thank Fred Holmes for generously sponsoring a barbecue lunch for us at the West Kern Oil Museum.
Another highlight of this year’s CA trip was a specially arranged tour at Vandenberg Air Force Base. In the morning we learned about base history and its participation in the United States Space Program. In the afternoon, we were led by the base geologist on a geology tour of the Monterey Shale located on an exquisite portion of the Pacific Coast.
Riding the “FROG” from the Venoco Offshore platform
Exploring the Monterey Shale at Vandenberg Air Force Base
The field session in Southern California would not be possible without the generosity of our alums and friends in the area. The students, TAs, Staff and Faculty had a wonderful learning experience and another enjoyable visit to California. Thanks again! We hope to see you next year!
While making our way down the Pacific Coast, Jon Schwalbach, Plamen Ganev and Dave Mayer (all of AERA ) led us on a geology tour on Shell Beach. In addition to a beautiful day on the beach, we reviewed basic geologic concepts, learned about regional fracture development, structural traps and worked through a team-based exploration and lease bidding problem.
On our last day in California, we divided into two groups and enjoyed a comprehensive tour of Venoco Inc.’s Platform Gail. The morning boat ride is always exciting only matched by ingress and egress to the platform. We thank the Venoco folks for providing safety training, snacks on the boat and platform, and for their generosity in arranging the platform tours.