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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

For any questions regarding registration please contact: Blair Schneider (


Listed below are some of the talks that will be presented.




C. Robertson Handford 

Tectonically Controlled Patterns of Contour-Current Deposition and Erosion in Outer Shelf, Lower Mississippian, Arkansas-Missouri-Oklahoma 

Abbas Seyedolali, Kurt Rottmann, Emilio J. Torres Parada, William Full, Brittany V. Stroud 

Geological Influences upon the Mississippian Pitkin Limestone/Caney Shale Formations in the Arkoma Basin 

Valerie L. Smith 

Static Earth Modeling and CO2 Storage Resource Estimates for Lansing and Kansas City Groups, Huffstutter Field, Kansas, USA 

Yaghoob Lasemi

Paleokarst Development and Controls in the Cambrian Potosi Dolomite and Eminence Formation, Illinois Basin 

Phillip A. Bailey, Britney J. Temple, Jay M. Gregg 

Early and Late Diagenetic Dolomitization of Arbuckle Group Carbonate Rocks, North Central Oklahoma and Southwestern Missouri 

Regina F. Dunseith, Jay M. Gregg, G. Michael Grammer 

Fluid Histories of Middle Ordovician Fault-Fracture Dolomite Oil Fields of the Southern Michigan Basin 

Stephan C. Oborny, Franek J. Hasiuk

Regional stratigraphic analyses of a mixed carbonate-clastic setting in the Cherokee-Forest City Basin 

Michael P. Smith, Christopher Smith, Patrick Gordon, Timothy 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

Yulun Wang, Julie Cains, G. Michael Grammer, Jack Pashin, Jim Puckette, Mileva Radonjic

Facies Architecture and Reservoir Characteristics of the Caney Shale, Ardmore Basin, Southern Oklahoma, USA 

Steven Tedesco 

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

Niyi Ajobiewe and George Tsoflias

Assessment of the Arbuckle in Western Kansas Using Inversion of 3D Seismic

Robert Goldstein 

Paleozoic Brine Reflux: Its Impact on Diagenesis and Basin-Brine Composition in Major Onshore Oil-and-Gas Basins of the United States

Andrew Hollenbach, Sahar Mohammadi, Robert Goldstein, Andreas Mšller, Jay Gregg 

Multiple Episodes of Hydrothermal Fluid Flow in the Midcontinent Revealed by U/Pb Dating, Petrography, and Fluid Inclusions 

Ibukun Bode-Omoleye, Evan K. Franseen 

Understanding Pore Heterogeneity in Karst Carbonate Reservoirs 


Franek J. Hasiuk 

Rock Properties and Chemistries of Kansas Carbonate Aggregates: A Review of Data from Construction Material Inventories

Diana Ortega-Ariza, Evan K. Franseen 

Distribution Patterns of Low-Latitude, Shallow-Water Heterozoan and Photozoan Facies during Mississippian (Osagean-Meramecian) in Continental US, with Emphasis on Midcontinent Region


Other talks still being finalized.


For further information about the symposium reach out to any of the conveners below.

Technical Committee

Dr. Diana Ortega-Ariza

Dr. Ibukun Bode-Omoleye

Dr. Franek J. Hasiuk

Dr. Sahar

Dr. Evan K. Franseen