Catalog Number: 1020
Number of Credits: 4
Sedimentology is the study of the erosion, transport, and deposition of sediment in rivers, deltas, beaches, and many other sedimentary environments. Our understanding of modern deposits is used to recognize their ancient equivalents in the sedimentary record. Near the end of the semester we will use the principles of sequence stratigraphy to understand how long-term changes in sea level and sediment supply act to shape regional-scale sedimentary systems. The labs will reinforce the lectures with a focus on identifying and interpreting sedimentary rocks and structures and on applying the basic methods of stratigraphy to particular problems. There are several required field trips. This course is required for geology majors and is useful for archaeologists, geographers, environmental scientists, land planners, and civil and petroleum engineers. This class meets 1/2 of an A&S "W" (writing) requirement in geology. About 8 to 10 pages of writing and rewriting are required. The other half of the "W" requirement will be met in GEOL 0060.Offered every fall term. Lecture 3 hours; laboratory 2 hours.
GEOL 0055. Cross-listed with ANTH 1520. [CG CEG EES]