13 July - Happy International Rock Day!

We all know rocks play a big role in the environment, shaping our landscape through history and providing the minerals and metals that have been essential for the evolution of human civilizations. Thanks to geoscience today we are able to unveil the secrets of how they formed, how they transform and the properties that they offer.

International Rock Day is a day for celebrating the science behind rocks: for this occasion we prepared a collection of EAGE resources and news - enjoy!


The EAGE Interactive Online Short Courses are a new format developed to give you the possibility to follow the latest education in geoscience and engineering hosted by experienced instructors remotely. Rock Physics scientists will be happy to hear that José M. Carcione will be teaching his course “Rock Physics and Computational Geophysics” on 10-12 & 14 August 2020 from 16:00 to 19:00 CEST (or 9:00-12:00 CDT). This module covers the physics of seismic and electromagnetic (EM) wave propagation and diffusion fields in real media, such as rocks and geological formations and their applications in the field of geophysical prospecting, seismology and rock physics. Those interested can register here!

Key knowledge on various disciplines is shared through EAGE webinars, which are scheduled periodically or on demand. Michelle Ellis’ “Modelling Compaction and Cementation Effects: Hybrid Rock Physics” is currently available for those interested in rock physics and improving the understanding of the geophysical response of reservoir properties.

For more information on this and to receive updates on upcoming online learning opportunities, we invite you to follow the EAGE Education page on LinkedIn. And while browsing for online learning resources, don’t forget this to have a look at EAGE E-Lectures and bookmark a few to watch later: Per Avseth’s E-Lecture on “Rock Physics and Seismic Reservoir Prediction”, for example, is an all-time favorite!

More good news from the Fifth EAGE Workshop on Rock Physics, held a few months ago: the proceedings are now available in EarthDoc! This event was a great technical focus meeting for the scientific community leading innovation in the field rock physics and featured a record participation of Women in Geoscience. Their achievements are also documented in a report recently published in First Break “Rock Physics Achievements in Milan: Embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Rock physics has always been a key theme within the Association and it is time to go beyond and expand. For this reason, we are now preparing the debut of this renowned workshop within EAGE. The Latin America version of the EAGE Workshop on Rock Physics is currently integrated for a well-known group of professionals at the technical committee covering the most active countries in the region involving academia, service companies and operators. Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved in this promising event!

The long standing and successful Arabian Plate Workshop will soon be in the works again! The seventh Arabian Plate workshop focused on the Precambrian- to-Paleozoic section and covered megasequence AP1 to AP5, whereas previous editions aligned the regional geo-logical understanding and applied nomenclature of the key hydrocarbon-bearing stratigraphic intervals of the Arabian Plate. The Arabian Plate workshop enriches our members' with knowledge in relation to regional and local geological commonalities and diversities. Both local and regional contributions from oil companies, research institutes and universities will be welcome, so watch out for updates!

From our large bookshop selection today we would like to highlight “Operational Geomechanics – A Rock-Based Science for Environmental, Energy, and Engineering Applications” by Mohammed S. Ameen. This volume introduces a new concept encompassing all aspects of rock stress and rock failure in the lithosphere, both artificially induced and naturally occurring. It applies to a full range of depths from surface/near surface to extremely challenging depths and environments. As such the book is a challenge to the traditional approach of compartmentalising geomechanics into discrete topics and instead presents a holistic geomechanical workflow that can be used for different applications.

For an extensive collection of papers on rock physics, dive into Geophysical Prospecting, one of the technical journals you can choose to combine in your membership benefits. It publishes the best in primary research on the science of exploration geophysics, from the very practical to the theoretical.

From libraries to the field: if you are planning your next field trip in the coming months, we have a special playlist to recommend. You can read about it in our Stay Connected Newsletter (it’s not all rock music!)