GEOS3103/3803: Environmental and Sedimentary Geology

GEOS3103 Environmental and Sedimentary Geology

Credit points: 6
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Dan Penny (Coordinator), Prof Peter Flood
Session: Semester 2
Classes: Two 1 hour lectures and one 3 hour tutorial/practical class per week
Prerequisites: GEOS(2124 or 2924) and GEOS(2111 or 2911 or 2114 or 2914 or 2113 or 2913); or GEOS(1003 or 1903) and 24 credit points of Intermediate Science units of study with permission of the Head of School
Prohibitions: GEOS3803
Assumed knowledge: GEOS1003, GEOS2124
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, practical reports and quizes (100%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Delivery Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day

Sediments and sedimentary rocks cover most of the Earth's surface, record much of the Earth's geological and climatic history and host important resources such as petroleum, coal, water and mineral ores. The aim of this unit is to provide students with the skills required to examine, describe and interpret sediments and sedimentary rocks for a variety of different purposes. Specific foci of the unit will be the identification of the recent or ancient environment in which sedimentary materials were deposited, the environmental controls which produce sedimentary structures, and the processes that control the production, movement and storage of sediment bodies. On completion of this unit students will be familiar with the natural processes that produce and modify sediments across a range of environments at the Earth’s surface, including fluvial, aeolian, lacustrine, marginal marine and deep marine environments. The various controls on the sedimentary record such as climate and sea-level change, as well as diagenesis and geochemical cycles will also be discussed. Practical exercises will require students to examine global datasets, and determine the properties and significance of sediments and sedimentary rocks. The course is relevant to students interested in petroleum or mineral exploration, environmental and engineering geology as well as marine geoscience.

Textbooks
Course notes will be available from the Copy Centre and an appropriate set of reference texts will be placed on special reserve in the library.

GEOS3803 Environmental and Sedimentary Geology Advanced

Credit points: 6
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Dan Penny (Coordinator), Prof Peter Flood
Session: Semester 2
Classes: Two 1 hour lectures and one 3 hour tutorial/practical class per week.
Prerequisites: Distinctions in GEOS(2114 or 2914) and GEOS(2124 or 2924); Students who have a credit average for all Geoscience units may enrol in this unit with permission of the Head of School
Prohibitions: GEOS3103
Assumed knowledge: GEOS1003, GEOS2124
Assessment: One 2 hour exam, practical reports and quizes (100%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Delivery Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day

This unit has the same objectives as GEOS3103 and is suitable for students who wish to pursue aspects of the subject in greater depth. Entry is restricted and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their performance at the time of enrolment. Students who elect to take this unit will participate in alternatives to some aspects of the standard unit and will be required to pursue independent work to meet unit objectives. Specific details for this unit of study will be announced in meetings with students in week 1 of semester.

Textbooks
Course notes will be available from the copy centre and appropriate set of reference texts will be placed on special reserve in the library.