Richard Groshong

Professor, Emeritus/Retired

  • rhgroshon@cs.com

Education

BS, Bucknell University, 1965

MA, University of Texas at Austin, 1967

Ph.D.,Brown University, 1971

Research Interests

Professor Groshong’s research program focuses on the interpretation, validation, and prediction techniques for compressional, extensional, and vertical structures. He and his students are exploring the predictive capabilities of 2-D and 3-D structural balancing, restoring, and modeling techniques. The primary objects of study are the extensional and compressional structures of the Black Warrior foreland basin and the adjacent Appalachian Valley and Ridge province, the extensional and vertical structures of the northern Gulf of Mexico basin, and laboratory models.

Representative Publications

Groshong, R. H. Jr., Kronenberg, A., Couzens-Schultz, B. A., and Newman, J., 2014, Fluids and structures in fold and thrust belts with recognition of the work of David Wiltschko: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 69, p. 281-283.

Schlische, R. W., Groshong, R. H. Jr., Withjack, M. O., and Hidayah, T. N., 2014, Quantifying the geometry, displacements, and subresolution deformation in thrust-ramp anticlines with growth and erosion: From models to seismic-reflection profile: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 69, p. 304-319.

Hale, D. and Groshong, R.H., Jr., 2014, Conical faults apparent in a 3D seismic image: Interpretation, v. 2, p. T1-T11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1190/INT-2013-0121.1.

Schlische, R.W., Groshong, R.H., Jr., Withjack, M.O. and Hidayah, T.N., 2014, Quantifying the geometry, displacements, and subresolution deformation in thrust-ramp anticlines with growth and erosion: From models to seismic-reflection profile: Journal of Structural Geology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2014.07.012

Groshong, R.H., Jr., 2012, Photograph of the month for the Chamberlin special issue: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 41, p. 6.

Groshong, R.H., Jr., Bond, C., Gibbs, A., Ratliff, R. and Wiltschko, D.V., 2012, Preface: Structural balancing at the start of the 21st century: 100 years since Chamberlin: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 41, p. 1–5.

Groshong, R.H., Jr., Withjack, M.O., Schlische, R.W. and Hidayah, T.N., 2012, Bed length does not remain constant during deformation: Recognition and why it matters, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 41, p. 86-97.

Wiltschko, D.V. and Groshong, R.H., Jr., 2012, The Chamberlin 1910 balanced section: context, contribution, and critical reassessment: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 41, p. 7-23.

Groshong, R.H., Jr., Hawkins, W.B., Jr., Pashin, J.C., and Harry, D.L., 2010, Extensional structures of the Alabama Promontory and Black Warrior foreland basin: Styles and relationship to the Appalachian fold-thrust belt, in Tollo, R.P., Bartholomew, M.J., Hibbard, J.P., and Karabinos, P.M., eds., From Rodinia to Pangea: The Lithotectonic Record of the Appalachian Region: Geological Society of America Memoir 206, p. 579–605.

Groshong, R. H., Jr., Pashin, J. C., and McIntyre, M. R., 2009, Structural Controls on Fractured Coal Reservoirs in the Southern Appalachian Black Warrior Foreland Basin: Journal of Structural Geology, v.31, p. 874-886.

Jin, G., Groshong, R. H., Jr., and Pashin, J. C., 2009, Growth trishear model and its application to the Gilbertown graben system, southwest Alabama: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 31, p. 926-940.

Yin, H. and Groshong, R. H. Jr., 2007, A 3-D kinematic model for the deformation above an active diapir: AAPG Bulletin, v. 91, p. 343-363.

Yin, H. and Groshong, R. H. Jr., 2006, Balancing and restoration of piercement structures: insights from 3-D kinematic models: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 28, p. 99-114.

Jin, G. and Groshong, R. H., Jr., 2006, Trishear kinematic modeling of extensional fault-propagation folding: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 28, p. 170-183.

Cates, L. M., McIntyre, M. R., Hawkins, W. B. and Groshong, R. H. Jr., 2004, Structure and Oil & Gas Production in the Black Warrior Basin: Proceedings of the International Coalbed Methane Symposium, Tuscaloosa, Paper 0440.

Ferrill, D. A., Morris, A. P., Evans, M. A., Burkhard, M., Groshong, R. H., Jr. and Onasch, C. M., 2004, Calcite twin morphology: A low-temperature deformation geothermometer: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 26, p. 1521-1529.

Groshong, R. H., Jr., Pashin, J. C., Chai,  B. and Schneeflock, R. D., 2003, Predicting reservoir-scale faults with area balance: Application to growth stratigraphy: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 25, p1645-1658.

Yin H. and Groshong, R. H., Jr., 2003, Geometric properties of active piercement structures: geologic insights from 3-D kinematic models: Transactions of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, v. 53, p. 887-899.

Cates, L. M. and Groshong, R. H., Jr., 1999, Confirmation of regional thin-skinned extension in the eastern Black Warrior basin, Alabama, in Pashin, J. C. and Carroll, R. E., Geology of the Cahaba coalfield: Alabama Geological Society, Guidebook for the 36th Ann. Field Trip, p. 49-57.

Jin, G., Groshong, R. H., Jr. and Pashin, J. C., 1999, Relationship between drag fold geometry and fracture production in the Selma Chalk, Gilbertown oil field, southwest Alabama: Transactions of Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, v. 49, p. 17-18.

1999, Groshong, R. H., Jr., 3-D Structural Geology: Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 324 p.

1998, Qi, J., Pashin, J. C., and Groshong, R. H., Jr., Structure and evolution of North Choctaw Ridge Field, Alabama, a salt-related footwall uplift along the peripheral fault system, Gulf Coast Basin: Transactions of Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, v. 48, p. 349-360 (Best Paper Award, 1998).

1998, Pashin, J. C. and Groshong, R. H., Jr. and Jin, G., Structural modeling of a fractured chalk reservoir: Toward revitalizing Gilbertown field, Choctaw County, Alabama: Transactions of Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, v. 48, p. 335-348.

1998, Pashin, J. C. and Groshong, R. H., Jr., Structural control of coalbed methane in Alabama: International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 38, p. 89-113.

1998, Carlson, E. C., Benson, D. J., Groshong, R. H., Jr. and Mancini, E. A., Improved oil recovery from heterogeneous carbonate reservoirs associated with paleotopographic basement structures: Appleton Field, Alabama: Proceedings Eleventh SPE/DOE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, v. 2, paper SPE 39664, p. 99-105.

1997, Benson, D. J., Mancini, E. A., Groshong, R. H., Jr., Fang, J. H., Pultz, L. M., and Carlson, E. S., Petroleum geology of Appleton field, Escambia County, Alabama: Transactions of Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, p. 35-42.

1996, Groshong, R. H., Jr. and Epard, J.-L., Computerized cross section balance and restoration, in D. G. DePaor, ed., Structural Geology and Personal Computers: Elsevier Science Ltd., Pergamon Imprint, p. 477-498.

1996, Groshong, R. H., Jr., Construction and validation of extensional cross sections using lost area and strain, with application to the Rhine Graben, in Buchanan, P. G. and Nieuwland, D. A., eds., Modern Developments in Structural Interpretation, Validation and Modelling: Geological Society Special Publication No. 99, p. 79-87.

1995, Epard, J.-L. and Groshong, R. H., Jr., Kinematic model of detachment folding including limb rotation, fixed hinges and layer-parallel strain: Tectonophysics, v. 247, p. 85-103.

1995, Pashin, J. C., Groshong, R. H., Jr. and Wang, S., Thin-skinned structures influence gas production in Alabama coalbed methane fields: Intergas ’95, International Unconventional Gas Symposium, p. 39-52.

1994,Groshong, R. H., Jr., Area balance, depth to detachment and strain in extension: Tectonics, v. 13, p. 1488-1497.

1994, Groshong, R. H., Jr., and Epard, J. -L. The role of strain in area-constant detachment folding: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 16, 18, p. 613-618.

1993, Brewer, R.C. and Groshong, R. H., Jr., Restoration of cross sections above intrusive salt domes: AAPG Bulletin, v. 77, p. 1769-1780.

1993, Epard, J.-L., and Groshong, R. H., Jr., Excess-area and depth to detachment: AAPG Bulletin, v. 77, p. 1291-1302.

1993, Ferrill, D. A., and Groshong, R. H., Jr., Kinematic model for the curvature of the Subalpine Chain, France: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 15, p. 523-541.

1993, Wang, S., Groshong, R. H., Jr., and Pashin, J. C., Thin-skinned normal faults in Deerlick Creek coalbed-methane field, Black Warrior Basin, Alabama: Alabama Geological Society, 30th Annual Field Trip, Guidebook, p. 69-78.

1991, Wu, S., and Groshong, R. H., Jr., Low-temperature deformation of sandstone, southern Appalachian fold-thrust belt: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 103, p. 861-875.

1990, Groshong, R. H., Jr., Unique determination of normal fault shape from hanging-wall bed geometry in detached half grabens: Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae, v. 83, p. 455-471.

1989, Groshong, R. H., Jr., Half-graben structures: Balanced models of extensional fault-bend folds: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 101, p. 96-105.

1988, Groshong, R. H., Jr., and Usdansky, S. I., Kinematic models of plane-roofed duplex styles: Geological Society of America Special Paper 222, p. 197-206.

1988, Groshong, R. H., Jr, Structural evolution in the Anniston CSD at Gadsden, Alabama, in Coleman and others, (editors), Structure of the Wills Valley anticline – Lookout Mountain syncline between the Rising Fawn and Anniston CSD’s, northeast Alabama: A Guidebook for the 25th Annual Field Trip, Alabama Geological Society, p. 44-48, 69-76.

1988, Groshong, R. H., Jr., Low-temperature deformation mechanisms and their interpretation: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 100, p. 1329-1360.

1984, Groshong, R. H., Jr., Pfiffner, O. A., and Pringle, L., Strain partitioning in the Helvetic thrust belt of eastern Switzerland from the leading edge to the internal zone: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 6, p. 5-18.