Sedimentary Environments - GEOS2101

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Course Outline:

Campus: Kensington Campus

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: GEOL1111/ GEOS1111 or GEOL1211/GEOS1211 or GEOS170 or BIOS1101 Excluded: GEOL2101.

Equivalent: GEOS2721

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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An introduction to the processes and products of sedimentation in natural environments, and their preservation in sedimentary rock sequences. Mechanisms of sediment transport and deposition; nature and origin of depositional structures. Analysis of depositional environments; fluvial, deltaic, marine lacustrine, glacial and volcanic sediments. Field and laboratory methods for study of sediments, sedimentary basins, facies successions and an introduction to sequence stratigraphy. The fieldwork component will cover modern and ancient sedimentary systems and fossils at various locations, including an introduction to field measurement techniques.

Note: Up to four days of fieldwork is required and will involve some cost to students.

layer upon layer upon layer

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