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- Distribution and importance of sedimentary rocks
- Fundamental interpretive principles; uniformitarianism
- Sedimentary processes and sedimentary rocks
- Basic classification
- Sedimentary structure (+ lab)
- Sequence interpretation
- Facies concepts (+ lab)
- Correlation (+ lab)
- Diagenesis (+ lab)
- Introductory petrology of sedimentary rocks (+ lab)
- Plate tectonics and lithospheric motion
- Sea level fluctuations (eustatic changes)
- Transgressions and regressions
- Integrated models
- Structure contour maps and isopach maps (+ lab)
- Fluvial environments and clastic sedimentation
- Coastal environments and clastic sedimentation
- Self carbonates and coral reefs
- Intertidal and supratidal evaporates and carbonates
- Shelf-to-basin sequences
- Aeolian environments and clastic sedimentation
- Glacial environments and clastic sedimentation
- Quarternary record of cyclicity: land and sea
- Evidence for Paleozoic cyclicity
This course will involve 2 hours/week of direct lectures; 2 hours of lab in which students will directly examine rock samples or work with sedimentary sequence problems; and 2 hours of seminar in which instructor and students will discuss key topics, view slide or film presentations, or work on individual projects. Field trips will be scheduled when appropriate. Readings will be assigned to supplement the lectures.
|Term paper / project||20%|
|Lab exercises (5, bi-weekly)||25%|
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fields of sedimentology and stratigraphy, the two areas that are fundamental to the interpretation of the sedimentary rock sequence. The reconstruction of earth history depends to a large upon the interpretation of sedimentary rocks, which form a cumulative sequence documenting past environments on the earth’s surface and containing fossils of ancient organisms. Students will learn how the present is the key to the past, in that modern observations of sedimentological processes form the basis of rock sequence interpretation; but also that the past is the key to the future, given that these processes will continue. Students will learn the methods of dating and correlating rocks; the concept of facies and its relation to environments; and methods used to reconstruct ancient environments and climates. Special attention will be paid to western Canadian examples.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students
Walker, R. G. and N. P. James (eds.). 1992, Facies Models: Response to Sea Level Changes. Geological Assoc. of Canada.
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|Institution||Transfer Details for GEOL 2420|
|There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.|