Spring 2018 - EASC 201 D100

Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (3)

Class Number: 1930

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    AQ 2104, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2018
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    James Maceachern
    jmaceach@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-5388
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7235
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 102 or 210. All with a grade of C- or better.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to the nature, origin and interpretation of stratified earth materials. Principles of lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy and chronostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, the facies concept.

COURSE DETAILS:

General:
The course integrates principles of stratigraphy with principles of process sedimentology in order to develop techniques for the description and interpretation of sedimentary facies, prediction of facies architecture, reconstruction of paleogeography and resolution of depositional history.

Course Topics:
1.  Introduction to sedimentology, including: chemical sedimentation, clastic process sedimentology, basis of flow regime theory, identification and interpretation of physical and biogenic sedimentary structures.
2.  The character of facies, including: the facies concept, the use of facies associations, applications of Walther's Law, development of facies models, and the interpretation of depositional environments. 3
.  The character of facies associations in depositional settings ranging from terrestrial to deep marine environments.
4.  Introduction to stratigraphy, including: stratigraphic principles, lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, and chronostratigraphy.
5.  Genetic stratigraphy, including: allostratigraphy, genetic stratigraphic sequences, T-R sequences, and sequence stratigraphy, with an emphasis on relative sea level, base level, eustacy vs. tectonics, systems tracts and depositional environments, and reconstruction of depositional history.

Course Organization:
Two 90 min lectures and one 3-hour laboratory class per week.

Grading

  • Laboratory Assignments 10%
  • Mid-Term Theory Exam 15%
  • Final Laboratory Exam 30%
  • Final Theory Exam 45%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Boggs, S. Jr. 2012. Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall, 584p.
ISBN: 978-0-321-64318-6

RECOMMENDED READING:

Students may also find Dalrymple, R. and James, N.P., 2010, Facies Models, Geological Association Canada, St. Johns Nfld to be useful as an additional text. A copy of this book will be on 4-hour reserve in the library.

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