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Carbonate sedimentary rocks of the Midcontinent region of the United States have been studied for many decades and contributed to the development of fundamental concepts in sedimentology and stratigraphy. In addition to hosting active and mature hydrocarbon reservoirs, the carbonate intervals have more recently been targeted for CO2 sequestration, and outcrops have served as analogs for emerging carbonate plays.


The organizing committee at the Kansas Geological Survey invites you to attend a virtual KGS Carbonate Symposium that will be held 14-15 September 2021. The symposium program will feature multidisciplinary presentations from leading scientists and industry experts from across the Midcontinent region. The goal is to have an interactive session to share new research, learn best practices, recent developments, exchange ideas, and explore opportunities for future collaboration. 


Click below for your FREE registration. Come join us and share your perspective for this exciting event! There is a separate link for each day, so please make sure to register to both days by clicking here: 

Day 1 and Day 2



Day 1


Welcome and Opening Comments


Rock Properties and Chemistries of Kansas Carbonate Aggregates: A Review of Data from Construction Material Inventories – Franek J. Hasiuk


Facies Architecture and Reservoir Characteristics of the Caney Shale, Ardmore Basin, Southern Oklahoma, USA – Yulun Wang, Julie Cains, G. Michael Grammer, Jack Pashin, Jim Puckette, Mileva Radonjic 


Geological Influences upon the Mississippian Pitkin Limestone/Caney Shale Formations in the Arkoma Basin – Abbas Seyedolali, Kurt Rottmann, Emilio J. Torres Parada, William Full, Brittany V. Stroud

10:20–11:00 Coffee break & breakout rooms available for discussion


Assessment of the Arbuckle in Western Kansas Using Inversion of 3D Seismic–Niyi Ajobiewe and George Tsoflias


Understanding Pore Heterogeneity in Karst Carbonate Reservoirs–Ibukun Bode-Omoleye


Paleokarst Development and Controls in the Cambrian Potosi Dolomite and Eminence Formation, Illinois Basin – Yaghoob Lasemi and Zohreh Askari


Diagenesis of the Arbuckle Group on the Southern Midcontinent (Missouri and Oklahoma) – Phillip A. Bailey, Britney J. Temple, and Jay M. Gregg

12:20–1:00 Lunch & breakout rooms available for discussion

Day 2


Welcome and Opening Comments


Timing of Hydrothermal Fluid Flow Events in Kansas and Tri-State Mineral District –Sahar Mohammadi, Andrew Hollenbach, Robert Goldstein, Andreas Mšller


Hydrothermal Fluid Flow and Burial history in the STACK Play of North Central Oklahoma – Andrew Hollenbach, Sahar Mohammadi, Robert Goldstein, Andreas Mšller


Distribution patterns of low-latitude, shallow-water heterozoan and photozoan facies during Mississippian (Osagean-Meramecian) in continental US, with emphasis on Midcontinent region – Diana Ortega-Ariza and Evan K. Franseen


Tectonically Controlled Patterns of Contour-Current Deposition and Erosion in Outer Shelf, Lower Mississippian, Arkansas-Missouri-Oklahoma – C. Robertson Handford


Geometry of the Burlington Shelf during the early Mississippian: Thickening both Shoreward and Basinward away from the Starved (Shaved?) Central Middle Shelf – Matthew G. Braun, Bradley D. Cramer, Brittany M. Stolfus, Madysen Gilbert, Megan N. Heath, Gwen L. Barnes, Ryan J. Clark, James E. Day, Brian J. Witzke, Nicholas J. Hogancamp, Stephanie Tassier-Surine

10:50–11:50 Lunch & breakout rooms available for discussion


Paleozoic Brine Reflux: Its Impact on Diagenesis and Basin-Brine Composition in Major Onshore Oil-and-Gas Basins of the United States – Robert H. Goldstein, David A. Fowle and Randy L. Stotler


Low Temperature Hydrothermal Dolomitization of Mississippian and Ordovician Carbonates in the Denver and Forest City basins: a review – Steven Tedesco


Static Earth Modeling and CO2 Storage Resource Estimates for Lansing and Kansas City Groups, Huffstutter Field, Kansas, USA – Valerie L. Smith


Logging Reservoirs, Petroleum Systems, Wettability and CCS Viability of Midcontinent Carbonates Using Gentle Extraction Cryo-Trap Mass Spectrometry of Drill CuttingsÕ and CoresÕ Present Day Volatiles – Michael P. Smith, Christopher Smith, Patrick Gordon, and Timothy Smith

1:10–2:10 Closing Remarks – Discussion – Feedback and Future Directions



Organizing Committee

Dr. Diana Ortega-Ariza

Dr. Ibukun Bode-Omoleye

Dr. Franek J. Hasiuk

Dr. Sahar Mohammadi

Dr. Evan K. Franseen