Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (GEO110)
GEO110 examines different depositional environments, and different types of sediment and sedimentary rocks, their genesis and deposition that are fundamental to the understanding of reservoir rocks. The purpose is to familiarise the students with basic concepts and geological processes that lead to the formation of sedimentary rocks, such as sediment transport, deposition and diagenesis. The course also gives an introduction to stratigraphic principles and methods.
The course includes one week-long field trip and several short optional geological field trips. Participation fees may be charged to cover transport expenses for the short optional trips.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
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The course addresses the topics:
- Sedimentary processes
- Depositional environments and sedimentary basins
- Sediment properties
- Rock classifications and structure classifications
- Stratigraphic principles and methods
- Interpretation of sedimentary and stratigraphic information
- Geological mapping techniques
- Understanding sedimentological processes in different depositional environments.
- Identification of sedimentary rocks and structures.
- Understanding basic principles for stratigraphic methods.
- Understanding of the relationship between orogenic processes (plate tectonics), climate and the production of sediment and reservoirs.
- Background on sedimentology and stratigraphy that can be used as a basis for other fields in geology, engineering and economics, for instance related to petroleum and other reservoirs.
- Understanding of the complexity of sedimentological processes related to basin-external parameters to explain the deposition of mineral resources and hydrocarbons.
- Be able to identify, describe and interpret sedimentary rocks and structures therein.
- Be able to select and use the most appropriate stratigraphic methods to define and correlate sedimentary successions.
- Be able to apply basic sedimentological concepts for the exploration and use of reservoirs.
- Communicate and explain sedimentological processes for the general public as well as in the energy industry.
- Be able to evaluate the potential of hydrocarbon deposits and other deposits of economical value.
Required prerequisite knowledge
GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate
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|Portfolio Assessment||1/1||1 Semesters||Letter grades||All|
The assessment in this course is based on a portfolio that makes up for 100% of the total grade. The portfolio contains 10-14 written assignments. One of the assignments is based on a one-week field excursion. Students who are not able to attend the excursion will get an alternative assignment with an equivalent level of difficulty as the assignment based on the excursion. Final grade of the course is not given until the portfolio is submitted and all assignments have been assessed. It is not a re-sit option in this course. Students who fail or want to improve their grade must re-take the course as a whole the next time it is offered.
Course coordinator:Ingrid Carita Augustsson
Study Program Director:Lisa Jean Watson
Programme coordinator:Karina Sanni
Head of Department:Alejandro Escalona Varela
Method of work
The course includes totally 8 hours of teaching per week + excursion:
- lectures and laboratory practices (6-8 hours per week)
- excursions mainly on walking or biking distance from campus (up to 2 hours per week)
- week-long field trip (in November after the lecture period)
|Sedimentology and Structural Geology (GEO120_1)||5|