ESC-20002 - Reconstructing Past Environments
Coordinator: Stuart M Clarke Room: WSF16 Tel: +44 1782 7 33171
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

ESC 20002 "Reconstructing Past Environments" demonstrates how the geomorphology of ancient sedimentary environments can be reconstructed from evidence in the rock record and from using equivalent modern environments as a template.
The module aims to encourage a basic awareness of the use of sedimentological and stratigraphical methods in reconstructing environments of deposition. The objectives are to introduce the concepts, principles and implications of facies analysis; introduce Walther┐s principle of accumulation of sedimentary successions; to teach techniques for the study of sedimentology and stratigraphy; and to review environments of sediment deposition and the facies and facies relationships that result in the rock record. Skills that will be acquired include sedimentary logging, description and interpretation of sedimentary rock successions, writing of a structured report, team work, problem-solving scenarios, likelihood assessment scenarios, and enhanced fieldwork skills.

The module aims to enhance the students┐ evidence-based knowledge and analytical skills in sedimentological and stratigraphical methods for reconstructing past sedimentary environments of deposition.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

explain and apply the concepts, principles and implications of facies analysis to the analysis and interpretation of sedimentary successions.: 1,2,3,

explain and apply Walther's principle of accumulation of sedimentary successions, and the link between sedimentology and stratigraphy.: 1,2,3,

review and interpret the facies and facies relationships that result in the rock record for different common environments of sediment deposition.: 1,2,3,

appreciate the basin-controls on sedimentary environment, facies and preserved succession.: 1,2,3,

explain and apply appropriately various standard data collection and synthesis / analysis techniques for the interpretation of sedimentary successions, including modern digital methods.: 1,2,3,

explain and apply the main concepts, models and processes that are key to the study of clastic and carbonate sedimentology.: 1,2,3,

produce standard scientific reports to communicate data analysis and interpretation.: 1,

Study hours

24 hours lectures, 32 hours practical classes, 2 hours exam, 8 hours fieldwork, 42 hours completion of practical exercises, 42 hours private study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Report weighted 30%
Scientific report based upon primary fieldwork investigations. Approximately 1500 words.

2: Unseen Exam weighted 50%
Written examination based upon module content

3: Laboratory Book weighted 20%
Assessment of lab work
Assessment of practical exercises from labs