ESC-30034 - Advanced Topics in Sedimentology
Coordinator: Stuart Clarke Room: WSF16 Tel: +44 1782 7 33171
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Students must have passed the Year 2 module ESC-20002 (Reconstructing Past Environments)

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Description for 2024/25

The stratigraphical principles introduced in Year 2 are studied in greater depth, concentrating on the analytical methods of seismic and sequence stratigraphy, which allow the geometry of sedimentary rock bodies to be related to basin wide tectonic and eustatic controls.

To provide a broad overview of the relationship between sedimentology and stratigraphy on a basin-wide scale, and to appreciate the environmental and economic implications.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

critically assess techniques that relate sedimentological evidence to regional and global stratigraphical cyclicity through the study of sequence stratigraphy: 2
describe the ways in which sedimentological and stratigraphical principles relate to structural aspects of sedimentary basins to control the gross-scale sedimentary geometry of basins: 1,2
interpret the links between the spatial and temporal evolution of sedimentary basins and the distribution of the sediments they contain, the broad-scale controls on such, and the economic implications: 1,2
apply advanced fieldwork skills and modelling techniques to interpret sedimentary successions in a sequence stratigraphical context: 1
present scientific findings and interpretations in a standard scientific report format: 1
describe, critically assess, and apply, the techniques that relate spatial geometries and relationships between sedimentary deposits to their temporal evolution, through the study of seismic and chronostratigraphy: 1,2

Study hours

- Lecture 20 hours
- Practical classes 30 hours
- Fieldwork 18 hours
- Private study and completion of assignments 82 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Report weighted 50%
Scientific report beased upon fieldwork
Students produce a scientific report into sequence stratigraphy based upon outcrops examined on a field course. The report should set the examined outcrops in the context of the sequence stratigraphical evolution of the area studied. Report length: ~1500 words

2: Laboratory Book weighted 50%
Practical work
Lab book of exercises from practical sessions