Field Expeditions

Field Work and Field Trips Supporting Research Initiative

Photo galleries from selected field work and field trips.

  • Click on the image to see a set of photographs from the field work.

This is by no means a complete inventory of program field work or of currently active field-based studies. For field guides see the FRAC web site or contact us.

See the field study page for a brief overview of where we’re working.

Contact Steve Laubach for further information.

Field Expedition, 2014 Northern Tetons / Folds & Faults

Forellen Peak Research in progress: Basement-involved fold evolution


Related paper: Hooker, J.N., Larson, T., Eakin, A., Laubach, S.E., Eichhubl, P., Fall, A., Marrett, R., 2015, Fracturing and fluid-flow in a sub-décollement sandstone; or, a leak in the basement. Journal of The Geological Society, London. v. 172, p. 428-442. doi: 10.1144/jsg2014-128. (Published online May 2015) | view at publisher

Field Symposium, 2014 Faults, Fractures & Diagenesis, Utah-Nevada

Aztec Sandstone VofF Research in progress: Faults, fractures and diagenesis


Related paper: Alzayer, Y., Eichhubl, P., Laubach, S.E., 2015, Non-linear growth kinematics of opening-mode fractures. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 74, p. 31-44. doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2015.02.003 (published online March 2015) | view at publisher

Field Expedition, 2013 Carbonates & Karst, Wyoming

Research in progress: Fractured Carbonate Initiative


Related paper: Hooker, J.N., Gomez, L.A., Laubach, S.E., Gale, J.F.W. & Marrett, R., 2012, Effects of diagenesis (cement precipitation) during fracture opening on fracture aperture-size scaling in carbonate rocks. In Garland, J., J.E. Neilson, S.E. Laubach, & K. J. Whidden (eds.) Advances in Carbonate Exploration and Reservoir Analysis, Geological Society of London Special Publications 370, p. 187-206. doi:10.1144/SP370.9. | view at publisher

Field Expedition, 2012-13 Fracture Research Prospects, South Georgia/Antarctic Peninsula

Research in progress: Vein array growth rates


Related paper: Lander R.H., and Laubach, S.E., 2015, Insights into rates of fracture growth and sealing from a model for quartz cementation in fractured sandstones. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127, no. 3-4, p. 516-538. doi: 10.1130/B31092.1 (published online October 2014) | view at publisher

Field Trip, 2012 New York, Marcellus Shale / Mechanical Stratigraphy

Research in progress: Shale fracture diagenesis


Related paper: Gale, J. F. W., Laubach, S. E., Olson, J. E., Eichhubl, P., and Fall, A., 2014, Natural fractures in shale: a review and new observations. AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, no. 11, p. 2165-2216. doi: 10.1306/08121413151 (published November 2014) |  view at publisher | view at GSWview at Datapages

Field Expedition, 2012 Western Canada Field Work / Folds & Faults

Related papers: Ukar et al., in review 2015, Fracture size distribution systematics in folded and faulted Nikanassin Formation, Alberta Foothills


Iñigo, J.F., Laubach, S.E., Hooker, J.N., 2012, Fracture abundance and patterns in the Subandean fold and thrust belt, Devonian Huamampampa Formation petroleum reservoirs and outcrops, Argentina and Bolivia. Marine & Petroleum Geology, v. 35, no. 1, p. 201-218. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2012.01.010 | view at publisher

Field Expedition, 2011 Scotland Fault Rocks

Research in progress: fault rock diagenesis


Related paper: Laubach, S.E., Eichhubl, P. Hargrove, P., Ellis, M.A., Hooker, J.N., 2014, Fault core and damage zone fracture attributes vary along strike owing to interaction of fracture growth, quartz accumulation, and differing sandstone composition. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 68, Part A, 207-226. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.08.007 | view at publisher

Field Trip, 2011 Coastal California / Structural Diagenesis

Related paper: Appold, M., Garven, G., Boles, J., Eichhubl, P., 2007, Numerical modeling of the origin of calcite mineralization in the Refugio-Carneros fault, Santa Barbara Basin, CA. Geofluids, 7: 79-95.


Laubach, S.E, P. Eichhubl, C. Hilgers, R.H. Lander, 2010, Structural diagenesis. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p.1866-1872. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.10.001. | request reprint | About Structural Diagenesis | view at publisher

Field Expedition, 2010 Scotland / Regional & Fracture Stratigraphy

Related paper: Ellis, M.A., Laubach, S.E. Eichhubl, P., Olson, J.E. & Hargrove, P., 2012, Fracture development and diagenesis of Torridon Group Applecross Formation, near An Teallach, NW Scotland: millennia of brittle deformation resilience? Journal of the Geological Society, London. v. 169, no. 3, p. 297-310. doi: 10.1144/0016-76492011-086. | request reprint | view at GSW

Field Expedition, 2010 Central Texas / Fractured Carbonate & Mudrocks

Related papers: Laubach, S. E., Olson, J. E, and Gross, M. R., 2009, Mechanical and fracture stratigraphy. AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, no. 11, p. 1413-1426. | view at GSW |


Gale, J. F. W., Laubach, S. E., Olson, J. E., Eichhubl, P., and Fall, A., 2014, Natural fractures in shale: a review and new observations. AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, no. 11, p. 2165-2216. doi: 10.1306/08121413151 (published November 2014) |  view at publisher | view at GSWview at Datapages

Field Expedition, 2008 Kentucky/Indiana New Albany Shale

SDI Field Expedition, Albany Shale Related papers: Gale, J.F., and Laubach, S.E., 2009, Natural fractures in the New Albany Shale and their importance for shale-gas production: 2009 International Coalbed & Shale Gas Symposium.


Gale, J. F. W., Laubach, S. E., Olson, J. E., Eichhubl, P., and Fall, A., 2014, Natural fractures in shale: a review and new observations. AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, no. 11, p. 2165-2216. doi: 10.1306/08121413151 (published November 2014) |  view at publisher | view at GSWview at Datapages

Field Expedition, 2008 – Scotland / Regional Fractures

Research in progress: Growth of fracture arrays


Related paper: Hooker, J.N., Laubach, S.E., Gomez, L., Marrett, R., Eichhubl, P., Diaz-Tushman, K., and Pinzon, E., 2011, Fracture size, frequency, and strain in the Cambrian Eriboll Formation sandstones, NW Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology, v. 47, no. 1, 45-56.| request reprint | view at publisher

Field Trip, 2007 – Valley of Fire / Deformation Bands

Related papers: Eichhubl, P., Hooker, J.N., Laubach, S.E., 2010, Pure and shear-enhanced compaction bands in Aztec Sandstone, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1873-1886. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2010.02.004. | view at publisher


Laubach, S.E, P. Eichhubl, C. Hilgers, R.H. Lander, 2010, Structural diagenesis. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p.1866-1872. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.10.001. | request reprint | About Structural Diagenesis | view at publisher

Field Symposium, 2007 – Scotland

Related paper: Laubach, S.E. and Diaz-Tushman, K., 2009, Laurentian paleostress trajectories and ephemeral fracture permeability, Cambrian Eriboll Formation sandstones west of the Moine thrust zone, northwest Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society (London), v. 166, part 2, p. 349-362. | view at GSW

Field Expedition, 2006 – Western Wyoming / Fractures in Shale-Mudrocks

Related paper: Gale, J. F. W., Laubach, S. E., Olson, J. E., Eichhubl, P., and Fall, A., 2014, Natural fractures in shale: a review and new observations. AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, no. 11, p. 2165-2216. doi: 10.1306/08121413151 (published November 2014) |  view at publisher | view at GSWview at Datapages

Field Trip, 2006 – Wyoming / Fracture Patterns & Connectivity

Research in progress: Growth of fracture arrays


Related paper: Olson, J. E, Laubach, S. E., and Lander, R. H., 2009, Natural fracture characterization in tight gas sandstones: Integrating mechanics and diagenesis. AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, no. 11, p. 1535-1549. | AAPG Notable Paper | view at publisher

Field Trip, 2005 – NE Mexico / Carbonate & Sandstone Fracture Stratigraphy

Related papers: Ortega, O. J., Marrett, R., and Laubach, S. E., 2006, A scale-independent approach to fracture intensity and average fracture spacing: AAPG Bulletin, v. 90, no. 2 (Feb. 2006), 193-208 .| request reprint | AAPG Notable Paper | view at publisher


Marrett, R., ed., 2001, Genesis and controls of reservoir-scale carbonate deformation, Monterrey salient, Mexico : The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Guidebook 28.

Field Expedition, 2005 – Argentina / Fractals in Outcrop

Research in progress: Growth of fracture arrays


Related paper: Iñigo, J.F., Laubach, S.E., Hooker, J.N., 2012, Fracture abundance and patterns in the Subandean fold and thrust belt, Devonian Huamampampa Formation petroleum reservoirs and outcrops, Argentina and Bolivia. Marine & Petroleum Geology, v. 35, no. 1, p. 201-218. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2012.01.010 | request reprint | view at publisher

Field Trip, 2004 – Utah / Fracture Sizes

Research in progress: Growth of fracture arrays


Related paper: Laubach, S. E., 2003, Practical approaches to identifying sealed and open fractures , AAPG Bulletin, v. 87, No. 4, (April 2003) 561-579. |  request reprint | view at publisher