- WELDON H. BEAUCHAMP
- Cornell University, Snee Hall
- Department of Geological Sciences
- Ithaca, New York 14853-1504
- Tel. 607-255-5514
University: Graduate student-PhD-Geophysics (1993-1997), Ithaca, N.Y.
State University: Master of Science-Geology, (1981-1983), Stillwater,
- New England College: Bachelor of Arts-Geology,
(1978-1981), Henniker, N.H.
of Oklahoma: Majored in Geology, Norman, Okla.(1977-78)
Sun International Exploration and Production
- Senior Geologist: (Jan.1991-May 1993)-Middle
East/North Africa Group-London, England-Regional mapping of the Middle
East and studies of the Paleozoic-New venture opportunities in Syria, Algeria,
United Arab Emirates and Colombia. Geologist for Sun's Amakeen block, Yemen.
- Staff Geologist: (Feb.1990-Jan.1991)-NW
Europe Group-London, England-North Sea-Central Graben, Geologist for 22/13b,
Regional mapping for the 12th bidding round, presented blocks 30/23b and
29/2c to Dept. of Energy, block 30/23b awarded to Sun-May 1991.
- Staff Geologist: (Nov.1988-Feb.1990)-Africa
Group-London, England-Regional studies and operations of Sun's interests
in the Makok permit, Gabon, Delta-H permit, Spain and Hurghada permit,
Gulf of Suez. Recommended farming into Elf's Nkomi permit and Agip's Mpira
and Tassi permits, Gabon. Approved by Sun. Tassi and Nkomi permits resulted
in sub-commercial discoveries.
- Staff Geologist: (Aug.1987-Nov.1988)-Africa
Group-Dallas,Tx. New Venture opportunities-Regional mapping West Africa-3rd.
bidding round-Gabon. Field work and mapping in Gabon.
- Geologist: (Aug.1985-Aug.1987)-Mid-Continent
Group- Dallas,Tx. Generated regional studies and prospects in Oklahoma
which resulted in discoveries. Wellsite work in Anadarko Basin, Central
Oklahoma/Golden Trend, and Southern Oklahoma, Arbuckle and Wichita Mountains.
Represented Sun as a witness at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
- Associate Geologist: (May,1983-Aug.1985)-Mid-Continent
Group- Oklahoma City, Okla., completed reservoir and mapping studies for
N.E.Davis, S.E.Criner, Joiner City, Robberson and Fitts fields.
- Summer Project Geologist: (Summer-1982)-Sun
Gas Division- Corpi Christi Tx. Completed a study of the North McFaddin
Field, Victoria Co., Tx.
Mills Well Logging Service
- Mud Logger: (Summer 1980, and during school
1981-83)- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-worked in Roger Mills Co., Oklahoma Co.,
Carter Co., Rogers Co., and Stephens Co., Oklahoma.
- Extensive field mapping experience in the Wichita
mountains, Oklahoma, Gabon,
West Africa, Yemen
and the Atlas mountains
and Missour basin of Morocco.
- Wellsite geology experience onshore U.S. (Oklahoma
and Texas) and Yemen.
Responsible for wireline and mudlogging operations, picking core points,
and drillstem and production testing.
- Experienced with UNIX operating system.
- ERmapper (image
(Geographic Information System)
- MATLAB (numerical
computation and visualization)
- Adobe Illustrator (electronic illustration)
- Adobe Photoshop (graphic image processing)
Fellowships and Grants
- …Cornell University-Department of Geological
Sciences-Long Fellowship (1993-1994) …
- Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF 29505-AC2),
Muawia Barazangi-principal investigator,
Weldon Beauchamp-graduate student researcher (1995-1996). …
- Department of Defense, AASERT-Augmentation
Awards for Science and Engineering Research Training (DAAH04-94-G-0361),
Dr. Muawia Barazangi-principal investigator, Weldon Beauchamp- graduate
student researcher (1995-1997).
- Intracontinental Rifting and Inversion: the
Missour Basin and Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The Atlas mountains were
formed by reactivation of the rift decollement and related syn-rift normal
faults as thrusts, fault-bend and fault-propagation style folding and duplex
fault zones within the Paleozoic above the reactivated decollement. Structural
styles were studied using field
reflection data, LANDSAT-TM,
air photos and well data.
- Evolution of the High Atlas Mountain Belt
in Morocco. Based on a Geological and Geophysical Transect. A transect
was constructed to better understand the tectonic evolution of the intracontinental
rift basin to a major mountain belt. Seismic reflection data acquired by
ONAREP (Office National de Recherches et d'Exploitations Petrolieres),
was reprocessed, and combined with field mapping, LANDSAT-TM and gravity
and magnetic data to enable the construction of a balanced transect across
the Atlas mountains.
- Superpositional Folding in the High Atlas
Mountains, Morocco: A Result of the Inversion of a Syn-Rift Accommodation
Zone. Superpositional folding in the Atlas mountains has resulted in
apparent "polyphase" deformation. It is proposed that the superposed
folding recognized in the High Atlas mountains was formed by the reactivation
of syn-rift normal faults across an accomodation zone in a single phase
- Tectonic Evolution of the Atlas Mountains,
North Africa. It is proposed to construct a map that documents the
tectonic elements of the Atlas mountains, using remote sensing imagery,
published geological maps, data from field mapping and GIS. These tectonic
elements will help identify the stress orientations resulting from the
interaction of the North African and European tectonic plates.
- The Study of the Tectonic History of the Atlas
Rift and Mountains using Apatite Fission Track and Vitrinite Reflectance
Data. Apatite fission track data were collected to document two phases
of uplift and inversion of the Atlas rift system. The first event occurred
between 160-75 Ma (Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous). This event may be
related to the opening of the Atlantic and subsequent isostatic uplift
of the Atlantic rift margins. The second phase of cooling occurred between
20-30 Ma (Miocene-Oligocene). This uplift phase corresponds to the Alpine
orogenic event, responsible for the major uplift and inversion of the Atlas
- Beauchamp, Weldon H. , Muawia Barazangi,
Ahmed Demnati, Mohamed El Alji, 1996, Intracontinental Rifting and Inversion:
the Missour Basin and Atlas Mountains, Morocco, AAPG
Bulletin, V.80, No.9, P.1459-1482.
- Beauchamp, Weldon H. , Alison C. Ries,
M. P. Coward, Jennifer A. Miles, 1995, Masirah Graben, Oman: A Hidden Cretaceous
Rift Basin?, AAPG Bulletin, V. 79, No.6, P. 864-879.
- Litak, R. K., M. Barazangi, W. Beauchamp,
D. Seber, G. Brew,T. Sawaf and W. Al-Youssef Mesozoic-Cenozoic evolution
of the Euphrates fault system, Syria and implications for regional kinematics,
The Journal of the Geological Society,1996 (in press).
- Beauchamp, Weldon H., 1983, The structural
geology of the southern Slick Hills, Oklahoma, Master's thesis, Oklahoma
State University, 119 p.
- Donovan R. Nowell, Deborah Ragland, Mary Rafalowski,
David McConnell, Weldon Beauchamp, David Marchini, David Sanderson,
Pennsylvanian deformation and Cambro-Ordovician sedimentation in the Blue
Creek canyon, Slick Hills, southwestern Oklahoma, 1988, in: Hayward, O.T.,
Centennial field guides, Geological Society of America, Vol. 4, P.127-134.
R. Nowell, Deborah Ragland., Mary Rafalowski,
Kathy Collins, Tekleab Tsegay, David McConnell, David Marchini, Weldon
Beauchamp, David Sanderson , 1983, Geologic highlights in the Blue
Creek Canyon area, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Guidebook No. 24; P. 84-91.
- Beauchamp, Weldon, H., Richard W. Allmendinger,
Muawia Barazangi, Ahmed Demnati, Mohamed El Alji., Structural Styles of
the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco: Potential Hydrocarbon Traps in the Footwall
of Thrusts Developed From the Reactivation of Syn- Rift Normal Faults,
Abstracts with Programs-AAPG and Society of Economic Paleontologists and
Mineralogists; Vol. 1996, P.13.
- Litak, R. K., M. Barazangi, W. Beauchamp,
D. Seber, T. Sawaf, and W. Al-Youssef, 1994, Intraplate deformation in
the northern Arabian platform: Evolution of the Euphrates fault system,
Syria, Eos Trans. AGU, 75(44), P. 273.
- Barazangi, Muawia, R. Litak, D. Seber, W.
Beauchamp, F. Gomez, T. Sawaf, A. Al-Imam, W. Al-Youssef, B. A. Tadili,
M. Ramdani, A. Ibenbrahim, A. Demnati, and M. El Alji, 1994, Active intracontinental
deformation: Inversion tectonics and mountain- building processes in Morocco
and Syria, Eos Trans. AGU, 75(44), P. 273.
- Beauchamp, Weldon H. , Alison C. Ries,
M. P. Coward, Jennifer A. Miles, Masirah Graben, Oman: A Hidden Cretaceous
Rift Basin?, Annual Meeting Abstracts - American Association of Petroleum
Geologists and Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Vol.
1994; P. 102.
D. A, W. H. Beauchamp, R, N. Donovan,
W. R. Marchini, D. J. Sanderson, 1986, Structural evolution of the Frontal
fault zone, Wichita Uplift, southwestern Oklahoma, Abstracts with Programs-Geological
Society of America, 99th annual meeting; Vol. 18, No. 6, P. 687.
- Donovan, R. N. ,W. Beauchamp, D. McConnell,1984,
Structure of the Wichita frontal fault zone, Abstracts with Programs- The
Geological Society of America, South-Central Section, 18th annual meting,
Vol. 16, No. 2, p.82.
- Geological Society of America
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists
- American Geophysical Union
- Houston Geological Society
- Citizenship: United States of America
- Place of Birth: Duncan, Oklahoma
- Language Skills: Reading capabilities
of technical French and Spanish, some conversational abilities in French