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, term paper

Course coordinator

Dr Kevin Welsh (k.welsh1@uq.edu.au)

Study Abroad

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

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2018 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

The evolution of ocean basins through the interplay between plate tectonics and climate controls, the production and distribution of marine sediments, global sea levels and patterns of ocean circulation. An understanding of these processes is vital to infer the distribution of marine resources, marine geohazards such as tsunami and to reconstruct past environmental conditions which are used to inform predictions of future climates. This course integrates sedimentological, palaeontological, geophysical, geochemical and stratigraphic modelling techniques to explore these processes. It will explore the structure and bathymetry of ocean basins, marine sediment deposition from submarine fans to carbonate platforms and glacio-marine environments, and the chemical evolution of marine waters. Students are introduced to the use of marine fossils for palaeoceanographic and palaeoclimatic reconstruction of Cenozoic climates, including opening and closing oceanic gateways, thermohaline circulation and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation. This course will explore these facets of marine geology and palaeoceanography through guided practical exercises and a short fieldtrip to observe key indicators of sea level change such as fossil coral reefs.

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 1, 2010 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2009 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2008 St Lucia Internal Course Profile