Nov 19, 2019
GEOL 3500 - Stratigraphy-Sedimentology
Introduction to principles of stratigraphy and sedimentation. Interpretation of depositional environments and their relation to plate tectonic setting. Satisfies half of the Tier I Junior Composition Equivalency JE requirement via a series of research and writing exercises culminating in a term paper at the end of the semester. The written work students submit deepens understanding of how professional writing in Geological Sciences is undertaken, and strengthens students abilities to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize primary literature sources in sedimentary geology journals. Writing and editing drafts will strengthen student skills in construction of compelling and logical arguments as well as critical assessment of the written work of other scientists.
Requisites: GEOL 3201
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 1JE
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Have a general understanding of the factors that control subsurface alteration and cementation of sedimentary rocks.
- Have a general understanding of the principles governing the development of facies models for modern and ancient sedimentary environments
- Have an understanding of the factors controlling the precipitation carbonates and evaporites.
- Have an understanding of the principles governing sediment transport and the interpretation of bedforms and structures formed during and after transport
- Know how the measure, apply the principles of stratigraphic correlation, and interpret the section in terms of sedimentary processes and relative sea level change
- Know the basics of the development and use of the stratigraphic code.
- Learn how to use the library system to search for papers on a topic appropriate for the class and write a term paper that will be edited for style and content and then revised and submitted for grade.
- Receive an introduction to sequence stratigraphy and its use in interpreting stratigraphy at different spatial and temporal scales.
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