Fall 2022 - EASC 402 D100

Sedimentology (3)

Class Number: 1964

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Instructor:

    Shahin Dashtgard
    1 778 782-5492
    Office: TASC1 Room 7227
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 302 with a grade of C- or better.



Sediment transport in fluids, the formation, character and classification of internal structures in sediments and paleoenvironmental analysis.


An advanced treatment of facies characteristics and interpretation, facies model concepts, applications of ichnology to depositional environment interpretation, and genetic stratigraphic applications to facies analysis. Course content will include terrestrial, marginal marine and marine environments, in both siliciclastic and carbonate depositional settings. The development of effective field and subsurface criteria for the interpretation of the sedimentary record will be stressed. The ethological (behavioural) classification of biogenic structures, as well as their applications to the ichnofacies concept and to paleoenvironmental interpretation of the sedimentary record will be considered. Students will examine the utility of facies analysis in the various genetic stratigraphic frameworks and the viability of reconstructing the depositional history of sedimentary successions. Relative sea level changes and their effects on deposition will be discussed in relation to the preserved sedimentary record.

Course Topics:
1. Facies Characteristics and Paleoenvironmental Interpretation.
2. Facies Model Concepts for Siliciclastic and Carbonate Successions.
3. Ichnology and Sedimentary Facies Analysis.
4. Genetic Stratigraphy and Relative Sea Level Changes.

Course Organization:
One 2-hour lecture per week.
One 3-hour laboratory per week.
One field trip to Salt Spring Island (includes transport and accommodation) –
September 22-25, 2022.


  • Laboratory Assignments: 35%
  • Field Trip Report: 20%
  • Seminar: 15%
  • Oral Final Exam: 30%


There will be a supplementary fee of $165.60



“Facies Models 4”; James, N.P, and Dalrymple, R.W. 2010. Geological Association of Canada
ISBN: 13: 978-1-897095-503

“Sedimentary Environments and Facies: Processes, Facies and Stratigraphy”; Reading. H.G. 1996. 3rd edition; Blackwell Scientific Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-632-036271


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