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International Symposiums on the Seismic Probing of the Continents and their Margins

Since 1984 there has been 13 International Symposiums as a result of IGCP Projects 474 and 559. The next (14th) Symposium is to be held in Australia in 2010 (Seismix 2010).

Previous Symposiums

1984 - USA 1994 - Hungary 2004 - Canada
1986 - England 1996 - USA 2006 - Japan
1988 - Australia 1998 - Spain 2008 - Finland
1990 - Germany 2000 - Norway 2010 - Australia
1992 - Canada 2003 - New Zealand 2012 - ?

Seismix 2010

logo for Seismix10 - an Australian kangaroo creating seismic waves through a laterally varying structure

14th International Symposium on the Seismic Probing of the Continents and their Margins

Australia 2010

Symposium Date:

The current proposed date for Seismix 2010 is between August and September 2010, depending on northern hemisphere calendars and access to suitable venues in Cairns.

A post Symposium geological/geophysical excursion will be arranged immediately after the symposium.

Symposium Location:

The proposed location for Seismix 2010 is Cairns, Queensland, Australia; or a suitable venue nearby Cairns.

Cairns is located in tropical north Queensland and is a major tourist hub that services visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest World Heritage Area and the vast north Queensland hinterland regions.

Around August and September, Cairns is hot. Its average annual maximum temperature for this period is 26°C to 27°C whereas its average minimum temperature is 17°C to 18°C. Average annual humidity of around 62% and therefore it's one of the balmiest cities in Australia. Cairns’ dry season runs from June to October where the average monthly rainfall is 35 mm.

There are many websites providing information about Cairns and its surrounds. Below are a few to start:

Symposium Transport:

Cairns has an international airport that is serviced from a number of major Asian airports. In addition, Cairns has regular and frequent daily domestic flights to and from all Australian capital cities including other major international airports in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Symposium Venue:

A venue is being chosen that will cater for both the symposium as well as providing accommodation and meals for the participants.

Further information will be provided.

Symposium Organisers:

Symposium Committee

  • Dr Bruce Goleby, Petroleum and Marine Division, Geoscience Australia
  • Dr Barry Drummond, Geohazards and Earth Monitoring Division, Geoscience Australia
  • Dr Ned Stolz, Onshore and Energy and Minerals Division, Geoscience Australia
  • Ms Jenny Maher, Onshore Energy and Minerals Division, Geoscience Australia
  • Dr Nick Rawlinson, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
  • Dr Doug Finlayson, Secretary IGCP559

The committee will coopt additional members as required.

Symposium Sponsors:

Financial sponsorship has already been obtained from:

  • Specialist Group in Solid Earth Geophysics, Geological Society of Australia, and
  • IGCP559,

and in-kind sponsorship from:

  • Geoscience Australia, and
  • Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University.

The committee is investigating additional sponsorship.

Symposium Format and Theme Description:

The Symposium will keep with previous symposium tradition and will have both oral presentations with single sessions and poster sessions with time for presenters to discuss their results.

The focus of the Symposium will continue to be on investigations into the continents and their margins using seismic techniques, as well as on details of the various (active and passive) acquisition, processing, and integration methodologies, including integration with other earth imaging datasets.

The Symposium will encourage papers and posters on application of seismic methods in new areas including:

  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Geological Storage,
  • Geothermal exploration,
  • Mineral exploration and structural studies of ore prospects and ore provinces.

These will continue to be growth areas as the world begins to rely on earth imaging techniques to solve their resource and environmental problems.

The Symposium themes will be similar to previous years, including but are not limited to:

  • Passive continental margins
  • Active continental margins and subduction structures
  • Intra-continental collision and accretion
  • Continental rifts and basins
  • Crust forming processes
  • The continental mantle
  • Numerical modelling and inverse methods in seismology
  • Innovative seismic acquisition and processing techniques
  • Crustal imaging studies (the various forms of seismic, MT)
  • Seismic studies of mineral and petroleum resources, groundwater, carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites
  • Integrated multidisciplinary case studies

Pre and Post Symposium Opportunities:

Participants may wish to arrive in Cairns early or extend their stay after the symposium and field trip to take the opportunity to see some of the region’s famous attractions. Options include trips to the Great Barrier Reef, the Atherton Tableland, and the Daintree Forest World Heritage Area. Visit the above websites for further information.

Wednesday Mid Symposium Excursion:

Options are currently being considered for a suitable Mid Symposium Excursion. Suggestions being investigated include:

  • a day’s fast ferry trip to the reef
  • riding on a heritage train up the mountain to the Kuranda markets or
  • a bus trip to the Daintree Forest.

Post Symposium Excursion:

The committee is planning a four day excursion immediately after the Symposium. This excursion would depart Cairns by bus and drive through Palaeozoic rocks of the Atherton Tableland hinterland, then along the 2006 Deep Seismic transect that crosses the Tasman Line, a major north-south geological structure extending for thousands of kilometres through the Australian mainland and separating the Australian Palaeozoic rocks from the Proterozoic rocks further to the west, then onto the Georgetown Province. The Tasman Line structure continues to provide much debate amongst geologists as to its significance. The excursion will then visit sites showing some of Australia’s youngest volcanism. The excursion will end in Cairns.

Symposium Communications:

Symposium communications will be through a series of circulars known past Seismix attendants, the Symposiums general email address [email protected] and this Symposium website. This website will provide information and registration.

Symposium Logo:

The symposium’s logo depicts an Australian kangaroo creating seismic waves through a laterally varying structure.

Symposium Abstracts:

Geoscience Australia, as Australia’s national geological survey, will publish the abstract volume in its Records series in order to ensure that authors have a citeable and enduring reference for tracking purposes. The symposium abstract volume will be produced prior to the Symposium and distributed to the participants on arrival at registration

Symposium Proceedings Volume:

There will be an opportunity to publish the Symposium proceedings as a Symposium Volume, probably through Tectonophysics (though this publisher has not been approached). Suitable editors will be selected from the organising committee and coopted experts.

Symposium Contact:

Dr Bruce Goleby
Chief Geophysicist
Petroleum and Marine Division
Geoscience Australia
P.O. Box 378,
Canberra, ACT, 2601

Phone:  +61 2 6249 9404
Fax:      +61 2 6249 9933

Email: [email protected]