Undergraduate Course: Carbonates (EASC10060)
||School of Geosciences
||College of Science and Engineering
||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
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||The course will consist of lectures, suggested reading and discussion sessions. The following topics will be covered:
a) Controls on carbonate depositional processes; the roles of chemistry and biology.
b) Cool-water, tropical, and pelagic carbonate systems; diversity of depositional geometries.
c) Carbonate sequence stratigraphy; uses and abuses.
d) Diagenesis and the evolution of porosity and permeability; reconstructing subsurface processes in carbonates; dolomitization.
e) The evolution of carbonate systems over the last 4 billion years.
f) The role of carbonates in the carbon cycle.
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Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1)
||WebCT enabled: Yes
|King's Buildings||Lecture||4-8|| 09:00 - 12:00|
||Week 4, Tuesday, 09:00 - 12:00, Zone: King's Buildings. Room 304b Grant Institute |
||5 half-day sessions in Semester 2. This will include individual background reading and preparation for the presentation of seminars on industrial case studies and practical laboratory sessions.
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|This course will introduce students to the unique aspects of carbonates as both sedimentary and biological phenomena and they will develop a detailed knowledge of the principal features of carbonate systems. They will gain a critical understanding of the diverse diagenetic processes found in these highly reactive systems and we will explore how these systems have evolved over geological time. Students will explore how these systems produce unique stratigraphies, particularly the application of sequence stratigraphy. The changing role of carbonate formation and burial in the regulation of global cycles will be discussed. The requisite reading will ensure that learning is informed by forefront developments in this field. Formal presentation skills to informed audiences will be practised in the lecture series. In the assessed seminar and associated essay students are expected to offer professional level interpretations and critically identify the major/ current issues in a selected, specialised field.
|Continuous assessment - 50% Essay, 50% Presentation.
||Carbonate sedimentology; Diagenesis; Sequence Stratigraphy; Evolution
||Dr Rachel Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 6014
||Miss Emma Latto
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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