PETROLEUM GEOLOGY | GEOPHYSICS
Explore (Four Football Fields Worth of) Geological Samples
Karelia is visiting the Oklahoma Geological Survey’s Oklahoma Petroleum Information Center or OPIC, which is just a few miles from campus.
OGS-OPIC provides access to outstanding professional industry experience to supplement our students’ academic progression in the field of geology. Featuring core and cuttings material from more than 25,000 wells from Oklahoma and 47 other states, OPIC offers students an industry-driven research experience that includes a modern core examination room, a machine shop for plugging, sampling and slabbing. Students have access to equipment for core photography, gamma ray scanning and core plug reclamation.
“OPIC’s facility spans the size of seven football fields and is home to samples including well data -- well logs, completion reports, aerial photos, production reports, 100-year-old hand-written scout tickets, and geologic maps – as well as several warehouses full of rock cores and cuttings. Processing, cataloging, and archiving these data to make them accessible, and consequently useful, is a principal activity at the OGS-OPIC facility.”
Richard D. Tarver
Data and Collections Manager, Oklahoma Geological Survey
Explore the Past to Power the Future
The University of Oklahoma is home to the world’s first school of petroleum geology. Students join in a history that spans more than 120 years as geologists and geophysicists who work in the energy industry.
“When Karelia looks at this core sample taken from a well, she observes geological formations that are thousands of feet below Earth’s surface. The various characteristics of the rock formations provide a geological record that allows Karelia to interpret Earth’s past environments and to reconstruct what the area was like millions of years ago.
By understanding Earth’s past environments and how these rock formations vary through time and across a state or even a continent, Karelia can determine areas that are most ideal for the occurrence of energy and mineral resources. These are important resources that provide power and essential materials and products for society.”
Explore Geophysics with Virtual Reality
Karelia is using virtual reality software available to Mewbourne College students through an innovative partnership with OU Libraries.
“Seismic reflection data reveals clues about the subsurface to geoscientists. In this type of data, we can understand past tectonic events, observe sedimentary structures and how they evolved through time, as well as form hypotheses about the type of rocks buried miles beneath our feet.
We are often limited to look at these immense datasets on a small computer monitor, but with the resources at OU, we can view the data in virtual reality and on large screens! This allows us to engage our peripheral vision so that our minds can view not only the data in front of us… but around us!”