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Basin Analysis and Petrophysical Laboratory

Head of the Lab: Dr. Nicolas Waldmann

The Basin Analysis and Petrophysical Lab (PetroLab) was officially established in 2012. Research in the PetroLab includes field and laboratory studies of both modern and ancient marine and lacustrine depositional systems. Our research aims understanding the geological processes shaping sedimentary basins, disentangling the impact of tectonics and climate in sedimentation patterns as well as tackling the mechanisms controlling the composition and architecture of basinal sediments. State-of-the-art equipment is used in both field expeditions (subsurface imaging) and laboratory analysis (petrophysical and chemical analysis of sedimentary cores). Integration of these two datasets in the PetroLab facility allows performing comprehensive studies of sedimentary basins, both at small and large spatial scales.

The PetroLab is an important emerging hub for training the next generation of scientists critical to Israel's future resource management.

Research in the PetroLab mainly include merging high-resolution seismic surveys with petrophysical properties of sediments retrieved in cores. This allows to reconstruct the subsurface architecture for a refinement of sequence stratigraphic models, seismic inversion and fluid flow pathways in hydrocarbon-prone sedimentary basins. Moreover, such integration allows to better understand sedimentary processes related to climate and tectonism in lacustrine basins worldwide. 

The petrophysical studies include as well quantitative assessment of pore shapes and sediment permeability. Experiments assess the controlling factors such as porosity, pressure, saturation and mineralogy on the sonic properties in sedimentary cores. A newly acquired GeoTek Multi Sensor Core Logger allows the measurement of the P-wave velocity,magnetic susceptibility and gamma-density of sedimentary cores.

Our sedimentological projects aim to understand how source-to-sink processes in sedimentary basins influence the spatial and temporal distribution of major and minor chemical elements, granulometry and mineralogy. The lab is furnished with a Rigaku benchtop XRD diffractometer for mineralogical analysis.

March 2017

Several students from our lab participated in this year Israel Geological Society Annual meeting, which took place in Mitzpe Ramon. It was a very successful event, with many interesting presentations and scientific discussions. The scientific work of our lab was well exposed with thre posters of Dr. Yin Lu, Yakufu Nyiazi, Peleg Haruzi and Ido Tkasz. Moreover, Dr. Or Bialik presented a talk, which was well attended. Congrats to everybody!

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March 2017

Dr. Kamaldeen Olakunle Omosanya (from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) visitesd our PetroLab facilities as part of COST action CA15103: Uncovering the Mediterranean salt giant (MEDSALT). Dr. Omosanya works in closed cooperation with us on several projects related to the Messinian Salinity Crisis event in the Mediterranean. Several publications are en-route from this cooperation. 


March 2017

As part of the limnology course to the Dead Sea, students participated at a two-days field trip to the Dead Sea on early March. The fieldtrip brought together various aspects of the physical structure of the Dead Sea and its geological environment. In the fieldtrip the students studied about the different series of lakes that have evolved in the Dead Sea basin, their chemical characteristics and various types of deposits formed. Emphasis has been placed on the reconstruction of geological history, including paleoclimate and paleo-seismology. The fieldtrip included fieldwork tasks, such as carrying out stratigraphic sections, core sampling and learning about fieldwork techniques in exposed lacustrine sediments. The students made an overnight camping with tents un der a stary sky (picture below). 

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December 2016

Dr. Juan Cruz Larrazoaña (from ICTJA-CSIC in Spain) and Dr. Steffen Mischke (from the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland) visited the lab for an intensive three days of fieldwork campaign in southern Israel. We aim to investigate the magnetic and physical properties of terrestrial sedimentary sequences dating back to the Pliocene and Miocene. The utilization of ground-breaking modern analytical tools will provide valuable insights as for better understanding the environmental settings and climate during this very important and relatively-unknown period of time.

20161216_102017Sampling Neogene sequences in the southern Negev.


February 2016

We are happy to report that Dr. Or Bialik from our PetroLab group has recently returned from the Maldives as part of his participation on board of the JR on Expedition 359: Maldives Monsoon & Sea Level. Or is the first scientist to participate in an IODP leg under an Israeli flag. He has contributed to the scientific cruise with his expertise as sedimentologist. We are looking forwards to the upcoming publications from this cruise, as well as the participation of more Israeli scientists on board of the infrastructure that IODP through ECORD.

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Picture above: Core description and logging on board of Expedition 359. From left to right: Dr. Or Bialik (University of Haifa), Dr. Juan Carlos Laya (Texas A&M University) and Prof. Christian Betzler (Co-Chief Scientist, University of Hamburg).

 


October 2014

The PetroLab was honored by the visit of Mr Shimon Peres, former President of the State of Israel. The visit occurred on the 7th of October 2014, just before the first evening of Sukkot. Mr. Peres was introduced to the different research subject dealt in the laboratory, the student theses and projects. The wide angle of projects carried out at the PetroLab and the interdisciplinarity fashion of the lab has left a very positive impression on Mr. Peres. We are looking forward to continue to grow in our research capabilities and methodologies been used.

Dr. Nicolas Waldmann
 
Head
Geology of sedimentary basins
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Dr. Nimer Taha
Lab manager
Sedimentology, geochemistry, chemistry, and petrophysics
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Postdoctor
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Dr. Yin Lu
 
Postdoctor
Sedimentary processes in the deep Dead Sea basin
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Emmanuel Ovie Eruteya PhD student +972-4-6647900  
Aihemaiti Maitituerdi PhD student Two glacial-interglacial cycles of climate and ecosystem dynamics on the East African equator +972-4-6647900  
Ido Tkasz Msc student Petrophysical properties of unconsolidated sand units in the southern Shfela region +972-4-6647900  
Ravit Bennaim
MSc student
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Yakufu Niyazi
MSc student
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Yosi Ben Simon
MSc student
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Lior Ben-David
MSc student
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Lee Stern
 
MSc student
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Mor Arnon
MSc student
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Peleg Haruzi
MSc student
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Omer Bar-Ziv
MSc student
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Alumni

Gilad Shtienberg PhD  
Dagan Schalev MSc  
Elitsa Hadzhiivanova MSc Thesis: Sedimentological insights into depositional events in the Dead Sea  
       

Visiting scientists

Dr. Mimonitu Opuwari Western Cape University, Cape Town, South Africa (link) Petrophysics and well logging in South Africa and Israel Jan 2016
Dr. Gloria López Cadavid Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana, Burgos, Spain (link)

Luminiscence dating of shallow-water cores in the East Mediterranean and Indian Ocean

Jul 2016
Dr. Kamaldeen Omosanya Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway (link)

Origin and dynamics of intra-salt deformation and its implication for hydrocarbon exploration

Mar 2017
       
       

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Accepted

Bialik, M.O., Waldmann, N., (accepted). The drowning of a siliciclastic environment: insights intooceanographic reconstructions of the northern Arabian Platform during the Early Cretaceous. Basin Research.

Omosanya, K.O., Ståle, E.J., Eruteya, O.E., Waldmann, N.D., (accepted). Forced folding and complex overburden deformation associated with magmatic intrusion in the Vøring Basin, offshore Norway. Tectonophysics.

Palchan, D., Neugebauer, I., Waldmann, N., Schwab, M.J., Dulski, P., Brauer, A., Stein, M., Erel Y., Enzel, Y., (accepted). North Atlantic controlled depositional cycles in MIS5e layered sediments from the deep Dead Sea basin. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Shtienberg, G., Dix, J., Roskin, J., Waldmann, N., Bookman, R., Bialik, O., Porat, N., Taha, N., Sivan, D., (accepted). New perspectives on coastal landscape reconstruction during the Late Quaternary: A test case from central Israel. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

Waldmann, N., Schalev, D., Eruteya, E.O., Bialik, O.M., (accepted). Origin of mound-like structures on the outer continental shelf off-central Israel. Marine Geology.

2016

Eruteya, O.E., Waldmann., N., Schalev, D., Makovsky, Y., Ben-Avraham, Z., 2016. Post-Messinian deep-water gas piping in the Levant Basin, SE Mediterranean. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 66/1, 246-261. 

Hansen, L., Waldmann, N., Storms, J.E.A., Eilertsen, R.S., Ariztegui, D., Chapron, E., Nesje, A., 2016. Morphological signatures of mass wasting and delta processes in a fjord-lake system: insights from Lovatnet, western Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 96, 9-29.

Neugebauer, I., Schwab, M.J., Waldmann, N.D., Tjallingii, R., Frank, U., Hadzhiivanova, E., Naumann, R., Taha, N., Agnon, A., Enzel, Y., Brauer, A., 2016. Hydroclimatic variability in the Levant during the early last glacial (~117-75 ka) derived from micro-facies analyses of deep Dead Sea sediments. Climate of the Past Discussions, 12/1, 75-90.

Shtienberg, G., Dix, J., Waldmann, N., Makovsky, Y., Golan, A., Sivan, D., 2016. Late Pleistocene evolution of the continental shelf of central Israel: a case study from Hadera. Geomorphology., 261, 200-211.

2015

Coianiz, L., Ariztegui, D., Piovano, E.L., Guilizzoni, P., Lami, A., Gerli, S., Guédron, S., Waldmann, N., 2015. Fossil pigments as fingerprints of environmental changes for the last two millennia in subtropical South America. Journal of Paleolimnology, 53, 233-250.

Eruteya, O.E., Safadi, M., Waldmann, N., Makovsky, Y., Ben-Avraham, Z., 2015. Seismic Geomorphology of the Israel Slump Complex in the Levant Basin (SE Mediterranean). In: Lamarche, G., Mountjoy, J., Bull, S., Hubble, T., Krastel, S., Lane, E., Micallef, A., Moscardelli, L., Mueller, C., Pecher, I., Woelz, S. (Eds.), Submarine Mass Wasting Events and their Consequences. 39-47. Springer.

Neugebauer, I., Brauer, A., Schwab, M.J., Dulski, P., Frank, U., Hadzhiivanova, E., Kitagawa, H., Litt, T., Schiebel, V., Taha, N., Waldmann, N.D., and DSDDP Scientific Party, 2015. Evidences for centennial dry periods at similar to 3300 and similar to 2800 cal. yr BP from micro-facies analyses of the Dead Sea sediments. Holocene, 25/8, 1358-1371.

Neugebauer, I., Schwab, M.J., Waldmann, N.D., Tjallingii, R., Frank, U., Hadzhiivanova, E., Naumann, R., Taha, N., Agnon, A., Enzel, Y., Brauer, A., 2015. Hydroclimatic variability in the Levant during the early last glacial (~117-75 ka) derived from micro-facies analyses of deep Dead Sea sediments. Climate of the Past Discussions, 11, 3625-3663.

2014

Neugebauer, I., Waldmann, N., Schwab, M.J., Brauer, A., Enzel, Y., Kitagawa, H., Frank, U., Dulski, P., Agnon, A., Ariztegui, D., Ben-Avraham, Z., Goldstein, S.L., Stein, M., and DSDDP Scientific Party, 2014. Depositional systems of a deep hypersaline lacustrine environment: new insights from the ICDP Dead Sea Deep Drilling Project. Quaternary Science Reviews, 102, 149-165.

Esteban F.D., Tassone A., Lodolo A., Menichetti M., Waldmann N., Lippai H., Darbo A., Baradello L., 2014. Basement Geometry and Sediment Thickness of Lago Fagnano (Tierra Del Fuego). Andean Geology, 41, 293-313.

Waldmann N., Borromei A.M., Recasens C., Olivera D., Martinez M.A., Maidana N., Ariztegui D., Austin Jr. J.A., Anselmetti F., 2014. Integrated reconstruction of Holocene millennial-scale environmental changes in Tierra del Fuego, southernmost South America. Palaeogeography, Palaeoeclimatology, Palaeoecology, 399, 294-309.

2013

Vasskog  K., Waldmann N., Bondevik S., Nesje A., Chapron E., Ariztegui D., 2013. Evidence for Storegga tsunami run-up at the end of Nordfjord, western Norway. Journal of Quaternary Science, 28/4, 391-402.

2012

Schattner U., Lazar M., Harari D., Waldmann N., 2012. Active Gas Migration Systems Offshore Northern Israel, evidence from seafloor and subsurface data. Continental Shelf Research 48, 167-172.

2011

Moy C., Dunbar R., Guilderson T.P., Waldmann N., Mucciarone D.A., Recasens C., Ariztegui D., Austin Jr. J.A., Anselmetti F., 2011. A geochemical and sedimentary record of high latitude Holocene climate evolution from Lago Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 302, 1-13.

Vasskog K., Nesje A., Støren E.N., Waldmann N., Chapron E., Ariztegui D., 2011. A Holocene record of snow-avalanche and flood activity reconstructed from a lacustrine sedimentary sequence in Oldevatnet, western Norway. The Holocene, 21/4, 597-614.

Waldmann N., Anselmetti F.S., Ariztegui D., Austin Jr. J.A., Pirouz M., Moy C., Dunbar R., 2011. Holocene mass-wasting events in Tierra del Fuego (54°S): Implications for paleocismicity. Basin Research, 23, 171-190.

2010

Waldmann N., Torfstein A., Stein M, 2010. Northward intrusions of tropical storms via the Red Sea corridor during past interglacials.Geology, 38/6, 567-570.

Waldmann N., Ariztegui D., Anselmetti F.S., Austin Jr., J.A., Moy C., Stern C., Recasens C.,  Dunbar R., 2010. Holocene Climatic Fluctuations and Positioning of the Southern Hemisphere Westerlies in Tierra del Fuego (54°S),Patagonia. Journal of Quaternary Science, 25/7, 1063-1075.

Waldmann N., Ariztegui D., Anselmetti F.S., Coronato A., Austin Jr., J.A., Moy C., Dunbar R., 2010. Geophysical Evidence of Multiple Glacier Advances in Lago Fagnano (54°S, Southernmost Patagonia) since the LGMQuaternary Science Reviews. 29, 9-10, 1188-1200.

2009

Torfstein A., Haase-Schramm A., Waldmann N., Kolodny Y., Stein M., 2009. U-series and oxygen isotope chronology and limnological history of the mid to late Pleistocene Lake Amora (Dead Sea Basin). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73/9, 2603-2630.

Waldmann N., Stein M., Ariztegui D., Starinsky A., 2009. Stratigraphy, depositional environments and sedimentology of the Late Pleistocene Samra Formation in the Dead Sea basin.Quaternary Research, 72, 1-15.

2008

Ariztegui D., Anselmetti F.S., Gilli A., Waldmann N., 2008.  Late Pleistocene environmental changes in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego-A limnogeological approach. In: Rabassa, J., (Ed.): The Late Cenozoic of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Developments in Quaternary Sciences Series 11. ISBN 978-0-444-52954-1. Elsevier, 430 p.

Waldmann N., Ariztegui D., Anselmetti F.S., Austin Jr. J.A., Dunbar R., Moy C., Recasens C. 2008.Seismic stratigraphy of Lago Fagnano sediments (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) - A potential archive of paleoclimatic change and tectonic activity since the Late Glacial. Geologica Acta, 6/1, 101-110.

2007

Waldmann N., Starinsky A., Stein M., 2007. Primary carbonates and Ca-Chloride brines as monitors of paleo-hydrological regime in the Dead Sea basin. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26, 2219-2228.

2006

Weinberger R., Begin Z.B., Waldmann N., Gardosh M., Baer G., Frumkin A., Wdowinski S., 2006. Quaternary rise of the Sedom Diapir, Dead Sea basin. In: Enzel, Y., Agnon, A., and Stein, M., (Eds.): New frontiers in Dead Sea paleoenvironmental research, Geological Society of America Special Paper 401, 33-51.

2004

Prasad S., Vos H., Negendank J.F.W., Waldmann N., Goldstein S.L., Stein M., 2004. Evidence from Lake Lisan of solar influence on decadal to centennial climate variability during the late glacial. Geology, 32, 581-584

van der Borg K., Stein M., de Jong A.F.M., Waldmann N., Goldstein S.L. 2004. Near-zero Δ14C values at 32 kyr cal BP observed in the high-resolution 14C record from U-Th dated sediment of Lake Lisan. Radiocarbon, 46/2, 785-796.

2003

Sheffer N., Enzel Y., Waldmann N., Grodek T., Benito G., 2003. Claim of largest flood on record proves false. EOS transactions, American Geophysical Union, 84:109.

Waldmann N., Stein M., 2003. The transition between the Samra and Lisan formations in the Dead Sea Basin: paleogeographic and tectonic implications. Israel Geological Society Annual Meeting, Dead Sea. Field Trip Guide, (In Hebrew).

Research at the PetroLab facility aims to answer questions under two main discipline domains: paleoclimate reconstruction and basin analysis.

Combined paleoclimate reconstruction/basin analysis:

  • The International Scientific Continental Drilling Program: The Dead Sea Deep Drilling Project (DSDDP). Sedimentary processes in a tectonic active basin: the Dead Sea as an example. Project in cooperation with: A. Brauer and S. Marco.
  • Seismic stratigraphy and paleohydrological reconstruction in Lake Chad (Chad/Cameroon). Project in cooperation with: Sylvestre F. and Tezcan D.
  • Source to sink processes in the Nordfjord region (Western Norway): reconstructing glacial sedimentary processes using subsurface lacustrine geophysical imaging techniques and sediment coring Project in cooperation with: K. Vasskog, A. Nesje and L. Hansen.
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstructions Down South (ENDS): The Lago Fagnano sedimentary record (Tierra del Fuego, southernmost Patagonia) Project in cooperation with: D. Ariztegui, F. Anselmetti and J. Austin Jr.
  • Deep-sea record of Mediterranean Messinian events (DREAM). Project in cooperation with: A. Camerlenghi, J. Lofi, G. de Lange, R. Flecker, D. Garcia-Castellanos, C. Hübscher, T. McGenity, M. Rabineau, M. Roveri and F.J. Sierro. 

Basin analysis:

  • Gas hydrates in the Norwegian Margin (GANS). Project in cooperation with: H. Haflidason, H.P. Sejrup and B.O. Hjelstuen.
  • Shallow gas systems in the Eastern Mediterranean and their connection to deep hydrocarbon reservoirs (GASTIME).
  • Fluid flow systems in the Pliocene-Pleistocene sedimentary overburden in the Levant basin (GASTIME).
  • Integrity of the sedimentary overburden over a shallow gas reservoir offshore Israel (GASTIME).
  • Variability of Mg isotopes in dolomites at different scales: a new tool for understanding Mg global cycling and dolomitization (MgSCALE). Project in cooperation with: W. Li.

Paleoclimate:

  • The eastern closure of the Mediterranean Sea during the Miocene and its implication on paleoceanographical reconstructions (MioEAST). Project in cooperation with Betzler C. and Frank M.
  • Glacial-Interglacial climate and ecosystem history on the East African Equator: the sedimentary record of Lake Challa, Kenya. Project in cooperation with: Verschuren D., De Batist M., Van Daaele M., Sinninghe Damste J., Wolff C., van Geel B., van der Plicht J., Haug G., Conley D., Barker P., Blaauw M., Russell J., and Deino A.
  • Cenozoic Paleoceanography of the Brazilian Equatorial Margin (PBEM). Project in cooperation with:  Jovane L., Alves T., Droxler A., Piller W., et al.
  • Unravelling 10 Million Years of environmental and climatic changes in Africa: Lake Chad Drilling ProjectProject in cooperation with: Sylvestre F., Schuster M., Abdheramane M., Flecker R., Vogel H., and Ariztegui D.
  • Sea level reconstrcution during the deglaciation in Navarino Island, Tierra del Fuego. Project in cooperation with: Björk S.
  • Argentine Margin Transects: Deciphering the Interactions among Southern Ocean Circulation, Climate, and Tectonics (Project 911). Project in cooperation with Wright J., Gruetzner J., Slowey N., Kulhanek D., Uenzelmann-Neben G., Garcia Chapori N., Violante R., and Schwartz E.


 

Several of the scientific projects carried out in the PetroLab takes place in full international collaboration with institutes abroad, including: 

The PetroLab facility is the first analytical lab in Israel which focuses on analytical measurements of sedimentary cores, aiming integrating petrophysics, sedimentology and mineralogy with subsurface geophysical interpretation.

The PetroLab facility is furnished by state-of-the art analytical gear for both petrophysical and mineralogical measurements. The GeoTek Multi Sensor Core Logger (MSCL) serves for high-resolution, non-destructive analysis of cores. Using a suit of sensors, the MSCL system enable a suite of geophysical measurements to be obtained rapidly, accurately and automatically on sediment or rock cores. The rugged nature of the equipment makes it suitable for use in either an onshore laboratory/repository environment or onboard survey and drilling vessels. Our MSCL is equiped with gamma-density, magnetic susceptibility and P-wave sensors. 

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        The Multi Sensor Core Logger  

The PetroLab analytical facility is complemented as well by the cost-effective Vinci-Technologies steady state gas Permeameter and Helium-Porosimeter (HEP-P). Both instruments are dedicated to measure permeability and porous space of plug-sized core samples for reservoir overburden integrity. The Helium gas expansion porosimeter is based on the Boyle's and Charles' law expansion of helium gas and is used for direct grain volume and pore volume measurement in auxiliary cell at isothermal conditions.

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The Vinci Technologies gas Permeameter
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The Vinci Technologies He-Porosimeter

 

For mineralogical analyses, the PetroLab analytical hub is complemented by a Rigaku MiniFlex XRD diffractometer. The XRD is a powerful and well-established technique for analyzing mineralogical properties of sediments. The XRD gear can perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of polycrystalline materials. In qualitative analysis, the instrument is used to identify unknown substances (chemical compounds or “phases”) by comparing experimental diffraction data against a database of known phases. In quantitative analysis, it is used to characterize solid mixtures to determine relative abundance of crystalline compounds. 

For analysis of Total Organic/Inorganic Content (TOC/TIC), PetroLab is furnished with a Skalar Primacs TOC Aanalyzer in solids/liquids. Based on a dual oven design the analyzer is capable of performing rapid, reliable, separate determinations of Total Carbon (TC), Inorganic Carbon (IC) and Total Organic Carbon (TOC) on one instrument, and has been developed especially for solid materials on sample weights of up to two grams. Automatic balance interfacing avoids the necessity of error-free typing of weight data.

For elemental analyses, our newly purchased S-Mobile PD/SDD XRF spectrometer from Xenemetrix provides non destructive elemental analysis from sub-ppm to 100% concentrations. It is a compact analyzer that can easily be transported to fieldwork. This capable 50kV, 50 Watt portable X-ray Fluorescence analyzer is capable of sensitive and precise analysis, similar to laboratory class gear. The gear has the capability of detecting elements ranging between Na to F and has a wide range of feasibility in paleoclimate, hydrocarbon, mining and environmental studies.

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The Skalar TOC Analyzer The Rigaku MiniFlex XRD The Xenemetrix XRF spectrometer

 

Complementary microscopy is available for thin slide and smare slide visualization for mineralogical and sediment grain interpretations.

The PetroLab has been recently equipped with a NeoScope benchtop SEM that complements the research capabilities and provides high resolution SEM imaging at a 10X-60,000X magnification. This all-new NeoScope offers as well integrated, full-featured Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) with SDD technology for advanced analytical applications.

The new adding to the lab is a MC-100 Dielectric Cell, designed for dielectric constant and dissipation factor measurements on viscous materials. The cell consists of two electrodes that are adjustable from 0 to 100 mils. Accuracy of setting is 0.000125 inches, with the electrodes positioned horizontally. The cell is useful in rheological studies for measurements of conductivity, resistivity and permitivity, among other parameters.

 

The Jeol Benchtop SEM

 


For geophysical and petrophysical interpretation and basin analysis, we are indebted to the following companies for financially supporting academic research in the PetroLab:

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The following vacancies are currently open:

 

  • PhD Position in Marine Geology

For our new research group in "Geological Processes in Sedimentary Basins" at the Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences of the University of Haifa, Israel, and within the context of an international collaboration, applications are invited for a PhD position to participate in the joint research program with the University of Granada, Spain, for the aim of studying "Sediment dynamics and sedimentary processes in the Iberian Margin: integrating paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental studies". In this 3-year funded research program, we will use cutting-edge advanced technologies and sedimentological analytical methods of cores retrieved from shallow to deep sites along the southern shore of the Iberian Peninsula. This multi-disciplinary approach will enable to use the sedimentary archives as a tool to understand the mechanisms that govern sediment provenance and processes in light of climate change through time. The student will investigate the granulometry, mineralogy, carbon content (inorganic and organic) and geochemistry of cores retrieved from different depths along the southern shores of the Iberian Peninsula. The student will be required to participate in analytical work both in the laboratory facilities of Haifa and Granada.

A Master or Diploma degree in geosciences at the start of the project (1st March 2016 or soon thereafter) is required. Successful candidates are expected to show broad earth-science interests, ability to conduct this multi-approach PhD project in a team and should have good communication skills in English.

For further information, please contact Nicolas Waldmann (nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il; Tel: +972 4 8288790 and +972 58 5258286), or download this PDF.

Please send your application files (complete CV, letter of interest and two support letters) by e-mail to Nicolas Waldmann (nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il). Applications are being considered until the position is filled.

 

  • PhD Position in "Geological Processes in Hydrocarbon-Prone Marine Basins"

For our new research group in "Geological Processes in Sedimentary Basins" at the Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences of the University of Haifa, Israel, applications are invited for a PhD position to participate in the joint research program with the University of Oxford, UK for the aim of studying "The interaction of fluid-flow and mass transport deposits in the Levant Sea". In this 3-year funded research program, we will use state-of-the-art software packages for subsurface imaging and modeling (e.g., Schlumberger's Petrel (c) seismic interpretation package) as well as sedimentological analytical methods of cores. This multi-disciplinary approach will enable using 3D subsurface imaging and sedimentary archives as a tool to understand the mechanisms that govern sediment provenance, their associated processes and the interaction with fluid flow in the deep basin. The student tasks include seismic interpretation and sedimentary core analyses.

A Master or Diploma degree in geosciences at the start of the project (March 1st, 2016 or soon thereafter) is required. Successful candidates are expected to show broad earth-science interest, ability to conduct this multi-approach PhD project in a interdisciplinary team and should have very good English communication skills.

For further information, please contact Dr. Nicolas Waldmann (nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il; Tel: +972 4 8288790 and +972 58 5258286), or download the following PDF.

Please send your application files (complete CV, letter of interest and two support letters) by e-mail to Nicolas Waldmann (nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il). Applications are considered until the position is filled. 

 

  • PhD or MSc Positions in "Variability of Mg isotopes in dolomites at different scales: a new tool for understanding Mg global cycling and dolomitization"

For our new research group in "Geological Processes in Sedimentary Basins" at the Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences of the University of Haifa, Israel, applications are invited for a PhD position to participate in the joint research program with the University of Nanjing, China for the aim of studying "The petrophysical properties of dolomites at different scales". In this 3-year funded research program, we aim to understand the influence of the petrophysics properties of dolomites in the variability of Mg isotopes at various global scales. The work includes mainly sedimentological and petrophysical analyses of IODP cores to be merged with outcrop studies of dolomites in both Israel and China. This multi-disciplinary approach will enable to understand the mechanisms that shape Mg cycling and dolomitization at a global scale.

A Master or Diploma degree in geosciences at the start of the project (March 1st, 2016 or soon thereafter) is required. Successful candidates are expected to show broad earth-science interest, ability to conduct this multi-approach PhD project in a interdisciplinary team and should have very good English communication skills.

For further information, please contact Dr. Nicolas Waldmann (nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il; Tel: +972 4 8288790 and +972 58 5258286), or download the following PDF.

Please send your application files (complete CV, letter of interest and two support letters) by e-mail to Nicolas Waldmann (nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il). Applications are considered until the position is filled.