Course level

Undergraduate

Faculty

Science

School

Earth and Environment Sc Schl

Units

2

Duration

One Semester

Class contact

2 Lecture hours, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours

Recommended prerequisite

Assessment methods

Examinations & assignments

Course coordinator

Prof Gregg Webb (g.webb@uq.edu.au)

Study Abroad

This course is pre-approved for Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Work Integrated Learning

Field Experience

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
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Course description

Sediments and sedimentary rocks are the most abundant geological materials at the Earth¿s surface. From river systems, coral reefs and deep sea fans, sedimentary sequences are critical archives of the past, recording climatic, tectonic and biological processes through time. They also host important resources including water, hydrocarbons, coal and many base metal deposits. A thorough understanding of sediments, sedimentary processes and sedimentary sequences (stratigraphy) is vital for students studying Geological Science and extremely useful for students undertaking programs in marine science, geography, palaeontology and archaeology. This course will explore the processes that cause sediments to be produced, transported and deposited. We will examine the composition of sedimentary rocks introducing the traditional petrological microscope and hands on experience of advanced techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy and geochemical analysis using X-ray Fluorescence. We also will undertake two field trips to observe modern and ancient sedimentary environments and develop the tools for interpreting them.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2014 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2013 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2012 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2011 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2010 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2009 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2008 St Lucia Internal Course Profile