Henry Clifton Sorby, 1908
Though made more than a century ago, above comment by the "Father of Petrography" is still valid. Whereas we have made considerable progress in understanding shales and mudstones, these rocks are so much more diverse than other lithologies that much needs to be done before we can be confident to understand them.
From an intellectual perspective, Shale Research is clearly a
of Sedimentary Geology and will contribute much to a better understanding of
earth processes, earth history, and earth system interactions. Due to recent
global developments it is also becoming crucial at another frontier - the
exploration and utilization of vast, yet untapped, hydrocarbon deposits in oil
and gas shales.
We also are investigating mudstones on Mars through involvement in the Mars Science Lab Mission that arrived on Mars in August 2012. The mission has already generated many exciting discoveries in planetary geology, and the rover is still going strong and set to make more discoveries in the years to come.
The Menu Bar near the top of this page (CV, Students, etc.) provides information about
our research projects, as well as information about possible collaborations and
Published Flume Studies.
Dr. Juergen Schieber
Department of Geological Sciences
1001 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-1405
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