Dr. Mike Blum
||The study will address the following questions: Were Early Pennsylvanian fluvial systems crossing Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky feeder systems for Ouachita deep-sea fans? What was the size and scale of these Early Pennsylvanian drainage basins?
||This study will apply source-to-sink methods to constrain the drainage basin boundaries of Early Pennsylvanian fluvial systems in the Illinois basin and neighboring basins.
||The provenance of Early Pennsylvanian fluvial systems will be identified by detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology. This method will be cross-checked by scaling relationship analysis of fluvial architectural data obtained from outcrops and the subsurface.
||Findings will be published in peer-reviewed journals.
||The results of the study will identify fluvial sources for large deep-sea fans analogous to the deep-sea fans in the Bay of Bengal.