Pre-requisites SOES1001 and (SOES1002 or SOES1008)
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Be aware of the main methods by which sedimentary data is gathered in the field, and then analysed in the laboratory.
- Understand basic fluid mechanics relevant to sedimentary processes, and how these interact with sediment to form erosional and depositional features and bedforms.
- Understand the processes by which sediments are eroded, transported and deposited.
- Be able to make logical deductions about the origin and depositional environment of a suite of sediments based on their various characteristics.
- Awareness of the main methods by which sedimentary data is gathered in the field, and subsequently analysed in the laboratory.
- Be conversant with the principle environments in which sediments are deposited and be able to identify these in the geological record on the basis of their distinguishing features.
- Laboratory investigation of sediment characteristics.
- Be conversant with the chief attributes by which sediments are described and classified.
- Field recognition of sediments and sedimentary rocks, and the ability to make logical deductions about the origin and depositional environment of a suite of sediments based on their various characteristics.
The course begins with an introduction to fluid - sediment interactions, including erosion, deposition and bedform development. Most of the course is spent considering the full spectrum of sedimentary environments from continental environments to deep-water. We will consider the processes that operate in each environment and the characteristics that enable them to be distinguished in the rock record.
The practical component and field excursion examine modern processes and sediments as well as ancient sedimentary rocks.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Formal lectures (24 x forty-five minutes): will provide an introduction to fluid-sediment interactions and the characteristics of sedimentary environments from continental sediments to deep water
Laboratory Classes: will investigate sediment characteristics and analytical methods.
Fieldwork: will develop teamworking and analytical skills by recognition of sediments and sedimentary rocks.
A wide range of support is available for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
|Practical classes and workshops||33|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Gary Nichols. Sedimentology and Stratigraphy.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.