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Texas Coastal Processes – Brazos River Delta to Galveston Island

Sunday, 10 March 2024, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Who Should Attend

Geologists, Geophysicists, and Reservoir Engineers


Understand the processes that transport sediment and the characteristics of the deposits in a coastal environment dominated by barrier islands that can be used as an analog for subsurface studies

Course Content

Sites ~60 miles south of Houston along ~35 miles of the SE Texas coastline provide excellent locations to observe coastal sedimentological processes and their resultant deposits. This section of the Texas coast is characterized by barrier islands separated by tidal inlets and river outlets.   The larger, sand-ridge cored, prograding Galveston Island contrasts with the smaller, wash-over dominated, retreating Follets Island and is separated by the stable, long-lived San Luis Pass that exhibits well developed flood and ebb tide delta systems.  The Brazos River empties into the Gulf of Mexico to the south of Follets Island and forms a wave-dominated delta system.  The Brazos River Delta has undergone significant changes due to human intervention and demonstrates the dynamic nature of sediment movement and deposition along the coast.  This section of the coast provides insight into the mechanisms of sediment movement and the resultant reservoir characteristics of clastic coastal deposits that can be applied as an analog for subsurface exploration and production.

Field Trip Leader


Erik Scott
Rice University & Vecta Oil & Gas
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8:00am Leave George R. Brown Convention Center
Drive to Bryan Beach at Freeport, Texas
Stops 1-4 along stretch of coast from Bryan Beach south to the Brazos River Delta
Drive to Follets Island
Stops 5-6 on Follets Island
Drive to Galveston Island
Stops 7-9 on Galveston Island
6:00pm Return to George R. Brown Convention Center



Professional Fee $250
Student Fee $30
Attendee Limit:
3 Students
15 Professionals
Educational Credits
0.6 CEU
Fee Includes:
Field Guide


Texas Coastal Processes – Brazos River Delta to Galveston Island
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000



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