2 hours lecture and 4 hours lab. Field trips will be scheduled where appropriate.
1. Overview of sedimentary rocks and environments
2. Weathering, transport and deposition
4. Sedimentary textures
5. Sedimentary structures
6. Siliciclastic rocks and their depositional environments
9. Sedimentary facies and their distribution in space and time
14. Sequence stratigraphy
16. Basin analysis and tectonics
17. Depositional environments of oil, gas and coal
Labs may include:
- Common sedimentary minerals
- Textural analysis of clastic materials
- Sedimentary structures
- Classification of sedimentary rocks
- Sandstones and conglomerates in hand sample and thin section
- Carbonates and evaporites in hand sample and thin section
- Stratigraphic correlations and facies relationships
- Core analysis and stratigraphic column construction
- Sequence stratigraphy and oil
- Depositional environments of coal and oil
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Use composition, grain size, textures, fossils and sedimentary structures to reconstruct sedimentary environments.
- Apply stratigraphic principles and techniques to correlate rocks in space and time (including magnetostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy).
- Interpret the geological history of an area by examining a column, outcrop or core of sedimentary rock.
- Construct a stratigraphic column and log core.
- Relate sedimentary processes and environments to tectonic settings.
- Use petrographic techniques to identify, classify, determine the origin and describe the diagenetic history of carbonates, evaporites and siliciclastic rocks.
- Describe and interpret environments of fossil fuel deposition.
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:
Lab assignments 20-25%
Lab exam 15-20%
Term paper 10-15%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 25-30%
Students should consult the bookstore for the latest required course materials, including the textbook.
Boggs Jr., S. Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, latest edition, or an equivalent text.