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 tectonic structures, and sequence stratigraphic context of above.
Coordinator: Prof. Kevin Pickering
- Module details
Title Surface Processes & Structures UG Code GEOL0010 Coordinator Prof. Kevin Pickering Other Contributors Term 2 Credit 15 credits Written Exam Coursework Field notebooks 100% 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:
- sediment transport / deposition processes in a range of sedimentary environments;
- measurement and interpretation of tectonic structures, and
- sequence stratigraphic context of above.
Students will gain:
- an understanding of sedimentary rocks;
- a basic understanding of simple fluid dynamics applied to sediment transport/deposition processes;
- 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 kinematic indicators in relation to the development of a mountain belt.