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The Stanford Project on Deep-water Depositional Systems (SPODDS) is a research program in the Department of Geological Sciences in the School of Earth Sciences. We focus on the ancient and modern deep-water deposits around the world, providing opportunities for students, faculty, and participating companies to collaborate via guided research and exploration.  Our scientific community includes a wide-range of internationally-based affiliate companies and research institutions. In this era of ever dwindling natural resources, we seek greater understanding of deep-water deposits as reservoirs for energy products on the ancient sea floor and modern continental margins. A huge highlight of the program is the annual field trip to one of the world's classic deep-water basins.



Sep 14 2018
Jan 22 2018

Recent Publications

Malkowski, M.A., G.R. Sharman, S. Johnstone, M.J. Grove, D.L. Kimbrough, & S.A. Graham, in-review, Dilution and propagation of provenance trends in sand and mud: Geochemistry and detrital zircon geochronology of modern sediment from central California (U.S.A.), submitted to American Journal of Science.

Malkowski, M.A., Jobe, Z.R., Sharman, G.R., & Graham, S.A. (2018). Down-slope facies variability within deep-water channel systems: Insights from the Upper Cretaceous Cerro Toro Formation, southern Patagonia. Sedimentology. Article link

Rotzien, J.R., Browne, G.H., & King, P.R. (2018). Geochemical, petrographic, and uranium–lead geochronological evidence for multisourced polycyclic provenance of deepwater strata in a hybrid tectonic setting: The upper Miocene upper Mount Messenger Formation, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand. AAPG Bulletin. Article link