This course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the sediment transport and deposition processes in a range of sedimentary environments. It covers the measurement and interpretation of sedimentary structures, the principles of stratigraphy, and sequence stratigraphic context of above.
Coordinator: Dr. Martin Homann
- Module details
Title Sedimentology & Stratigraphy UG Code GEOL0010 Coordinator Dr. Martin Homann Other Contributors Term 2 (lectures, practicals, fieldtrip) Credit 15 credits Oral Presentation Poster Presentation 5% Coursework Moodle Quiz 10%, Field exercises and notebooks 45%, Practical exercises 40% Pre-Requisites GEOL0006 Surface Processes; GEOL0015 Maps, Images & Structures Maths & Stats Content and Requirement Students should be familiar with algebraic manipulation, graphical representation of data (including logarithmic scales) and simple calculus. They should be able to use Microsoft Excel for data analysis (including some basic statistics, i.e., mean, mode, standard deviation). Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours Hours of Lectures/Seminars 20 hours Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 10 hours Hours of Tutorials As needed. Days of Fieldwork 10 days Other Categorizing Student Performance Levels
The course is designed to provide Second Year students with an understanding of:
• Sedimentary processes and deposits.
• Palaeobiological aspects of stratigraphy.
• Sequence stratigraphy
• Structural geology.
• Tectonics and sedimentation.
To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of:
- sedimentary processes; from sediment source and transport to deposition and formation of strata
- depositional environments of siliciclastic rocks and carbonate sedimentology
- principles of stratigraphy
Students will gain:
- an advanced understanding of the different types of sedimentary rocks and their formation;
- ability to identify depositional environments based on lithology, facies, and sedimentary structures;
- an understanding of process-based aspects of selected modern and ancient sedimentary environments, variability and criteria for recognition;
- an introduction to the concept of sequence stratigraphy as tool to help understand the temporal/spatial variability of sediments and sedimentary environments;
- ability to measure and interpret various structures, including the reconstruction of Paleoenvironments.