Field Trips

Immediately after the conference, a field trip to some of the geological wonders of southern Tunisia is planned, offering the attendees the chance to explore the Geology of Tunisia and discover new experiences and sensations.

Participants will be able to explore and uncover many mysteries of local geological history. All CAJG field trips are fun and educational, so accompanying persons are also welcome to join in. However, some of our trips may not be suitable for children younger than 10 years old.

Notes on field trip(s):

  • Field-trip guide(s) will be available in July 2020.
  • Online registration to the field trip(s) will open on 31 May 2020 (see Registration).
  • Registration will remain open until the field trip(s) fill up.
  • Payment is due immediately after receipt of field trip registration confirmation.
  • Your field trip slot(s) will not be confirmed until payment is received before the deadline of 30 September 2020.
  • All payment must be made by bank transfer to the account on the registration confirmation.
  • If you prefer to pay cash on-site, please send a scanned copy of your airline ticket before 30 September 2020.
  • CAJG field trip(s) do not involve extended walking.
  • We recommend registering as soon as possible since field trip(s) fill(s) up fast.
  • When the maximum number has been reached, you will be placed on a waiting list.
  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip.
  • If you cancel before 30 September 2020, we will return payment to you at the conference registration desk.
  • If a field trip is cancelled we will return payment to you at the conference registration desk.
  • No refund will be granted to no-shows.
  • Participants in Field Trip 1 must provide their own transportation to Djerba Island (e.g. connecting flight from Tunis-Carthage airport or direct flight to Djerba airport).
  • For Field Trip 1, there will be a free shuttle service for participants between Djerba airport and the hotel on the island (30 mins, see Registration).
  • Field-trip registration fee covers hotel stay for all field-trip nights.
  • Meals and drinks will be included during all field-trip days.
  • We will provide a list of items you should bring on the days of the trip after the registration deadline of 15 September 2020.
  • We maintain a fleet of at least five specially equipped vehicles (per field trip) with professional drivers for exclusive use during field trips and excursions.
  • Please contact us for more information if you have further questions (contact@cajg.org).

Please click below to get more information about each field trip:


Field Trip 1

Tectono-stratigraphic history of the Saharan domain, southern Tunisia

06–07 November 2020

Participation Fee :

550 Euros (student)
650 Euros (academic)
750 Euros (professional)


Leaders:

Samir Bouaziz, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia
Mohamed Soussi, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia

This two-day field trip will take place in the beautiful natural setting of the Saharan platform of southern Tunisia, which occupies a special position within the northern African margin. It is a privileged area for geodynamic reconstruction since the Paleozoic, because of the well identified morphotectonic domains and important sedimentary basin. Participants will learn about the complete stratigraphic sequences, which range in age from Late Permian to Quaternary, and the structural records characteristic of southern Tunisia. The sites have been carefully selected to better understand the Paleozoic orogenic cycle (paleotethys evidence), the Mesozoic tectonics cycle (Tethyan rifting) and the Cenozoic tectonics (evidence of Alpine-Atlasic orogeny). The circuit will also cover the only marine sequences of Late Permian in Africa outcropping at Djebel Tebaga of Medenine and the Mesozoic/Cenozoic subsidence basin (Tataouine, Chott, Jeffara). The complex uplift zone of Telezane and the fault system of Jeffara will be presented in particular in the context of the history of the Ghadames basin. This field trip welcomes senior and early-career scientists from all fields of the geosciences. The field trip guidebook will be available for download in summer 2020. The itinerary will include the following stops


Day 1 (05 November 2020): Arrival to Djerba Island

Note: field-trip participants who don’t plan to attend the 3rd CAJG and who will be landing on this day at Tunis-Carthage airport can use one of the three connecting flights from Tunis to Djerba airport. Booking the connecting flight should be arranged well in advance. Alternatively, participants can use one of the several European (direct) flights landing on the island of Djerba each day.

  • 13:00 Departure after lunch of field-trip participants from the conference hotel in Sousse to field-trip hotel in Djerba (free-of-charge transportation)
  • 18:00 Check into Djerba hotel (“Sentido Djerba Beache”)
  • 19:00 Dinner and meeting with the field-trip co-leaders


Day 2 (06 November 2020): Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic orogenic cycle of Saharan domain

  • 07:00 Checkout and departure from Djerba hotel (“Sentido Djerba Beache”)
  • 08:00 Jorf-Boughrara Lagune: Djerba cultural heritage, geographical, geological and structural framework of S. Tunisia (morphostructural features, Dahar plateau, Jeffara fault system / Lagune of Boughrara: Connection with the Mediterranean Sea and sea level changes
  • 09:30 Jebel Tajera: Structural geometry and Bathonian nonconformity
  • 10:30 Jebel Tebaga of Medenine: Permian rocks, marine character, reef bodies, Fusilinidea, major nonconformities, deformation style, structural geometry, uplift zone, paleogeographic reconstruction, and paleotethys evidence
  • 11:30 Coffee break in the field 
  • 12:00 Halk Jmal: Permian-Triassic transition and Vraconian-Permian nonconformity
  • 12:30 Sidi Stout: Intra-Triassic nonconformity and structural geometry
  • 13:00 Field lunch at Restaurant "Le Bedouin" in Zammour 
  • 15:00 Kef El Aneba: Jurassic stratigraphic sequences, basin border, and Triassic nonconformity
  • 16:00 Col of Bir Miteur: Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous stratigraphic sequences and Albian nonconformity
  • 16:30 Oued Zaafrane: Jurassic-Early Cretaceous and Callovian bioherms
  • 18:00 Arrival to “Hotel Sangho” in Tataouine
  • 19:00 Dinner in the hotel and overnight stay
  • 20:00 Roundtable discussion: Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic orogenic cycle of Saharan domain
  • 21:30 Local traditional musical party

Day 3 (07 November 2020): Tectono-stratigraphy evolution of southern Tunisia

  • 08:00 Checkout and departure from “Hotel Sangho” in Tataouine
  • 08:30 Visit to Museum “Memory of the Earth” in Tataouine
  • 09:30 Merbah El Asfer: Continental series, flaura, sea level changes, and filling up of the basin
  • 10:00 Chenini: Landscape description, Dahar plateau, Albian nonconformity and fossil vertebrates / Visit to the Berber archeological site of Chenini (Troglodyte)
  • 11:00 Visit to the Old city of Ghomrassene / Visit of the prehistoric shelters (Aïn Sefri), Engrave Rupestre and Neolithic civilization
  • 11:30 Coffee break in Ksar Haddada / Visit to the ancient buildings of Ksours and filming location of “Star Wars” movie
  • 12:00 Beni Ghdir: Callovian stratigraphic sequences, Dinosaurs tracks, deformation style, Tatatouine subsident basin, and Tethyan rifting evidence
  • 13:00 Lunch in “Relax Coffee Lounge”
  • 14:00 Zemlet El Ghar: Mestaoua plain, Liassic evaporites, Tectonic control, E-W Zemlet El Ghar fault, subsident basin, and Triassic-Liassic transition
  • 15:00 Smar / J. Rehach: Triassic stratigraphic sequences (Germanic character), Norian nonconformity, tectono-sedimentary record, and structural geometry
  • 16:30 Sum-up: Tectono-stratigraphy evolution of S. Tunisia, basin development (Ghadames, Tataouine, Jeffara), tectonic inversion, role of tectonic inheritance, and geodynamical reconstruction
  • 17:00 Return to Djerba Island via the Roman road
  • 19:00 Arrival, dinner and overnight stay at Djerba hotel (“Sentido Djerba Beach”)


Day 4 (08 November 2020)

Note: alternatively, on the last day, participants also can fly directly to European airports from the island’s airport.

  • 06:30 Checkout from Djerba hotel (“Sentido Djerba Beach”)
  • 07:00 Departure from Djerba Island to the city of Sfax
  • 10:00 Guided tour in Sfax, founded in AD 850 on the ruins of Taparura during the Roman Empire
  • 12:00 Lunch in the old city of Sfax at “Shams Boudaya”
  • 13:00 Departure to El Jem with its impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa illustrating the grandeur of Imperial Rome
  • 15:00 Departure to Tunis
  • 18:00 Arrival to Tunis Carthage airport or overnight stay at “Africa Hotel” in Tunis