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Group Photo 2015 in Death Valley2015 SPODDS Annual Meeting - Death Valley, California

The Stanford Project on Deep-water Depositional Systems (SPODDS) is a research program in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University focused on the study of ancient and modern deep-water deposits and depositional systems around the world. Affiliate members of this industrial consortium include numerous international energy companies that seek greater understanding of deep-water deposits as reservoirs for oil and gas.

SPODDS provides opportunities for participating companies, students, and faculty to collaborate on the study of outcrops of deep-water systems throughout the world via student thesis research, to explore modern deep-water systems through interaction with scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), USGS, and petroleum companies exploring the sea floor along modern continental margins, and to discuss current issues of deep-water sedimentation and basin evolution through field trips for the group to many of the world's classic deep-water basins. Students and companies interested in joining SPODDS should contact us (see footer).

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Blue pins - current study areas
Red pins - previous study areas