Carbonate Sedimentary Environments
Carbonate stratigraphy, depositional environments (fossil reefs) and their geological evolution.
Two lectures, one lab (three hours); one term
Prerequisite: One of EARTH SC 2E03, ENVIR SC 2E03, ISCI 2A18
Crosslist: EARTH SC 3P03, ENVIR SC 3P03
Time/Term Offered: Term One Fall 2012-13
Instructor: Dr. E. Reinhardt
Room: General Science Building Rm. 231
Tel:(905) 525.9149 x27594
Office hours: by appointment
Shawn Collins, GSB 301, x27524, email@example.com
The course will examine carbonate sedimentary environments and their facies, which will include the deep basin to the shallow reefs, ponds and lagoons of the platform. We will examine sea-level control on these systems and how they respond over geological time. The course will focus on modern processes occurring in Cenozoic reef systems but we will also compare and contrast them with Paleozoic reefs. We will spend time studying the geologically important invertebrate taxa and important taphonomic trends. Knowing the basic ecology (or paleoecology) of reefal organisms is important for understanding how ‘biological growth’ (the carbonate factory) affects sedimentation production - carbonates respond differently to sea-level change than their clastic counterparts which will be demonstrated when we examine sequence stratigraphic concepts.
1. Carbonate rock/sediment identification
2. Carbonate facies / environmental analysis
3. Fossil identification and interpretation
4. Stratigraphic logging and interpretation -- facies analysis
5. Presentation skills
LECTURES: Mo, Wed 13:30 -14:20 - BSB/343
LABORATORIES: Mo 08:30-11:20 - BSB/345
Required Text Books/Course materials:
Tucker, M.E., Wright, V.P., 1990, Carbonate Sedimentology, Blackwell Science.
Geokits are mandatory for all laboratories and fieldtrips. They can be purchased ($95) from Alyson Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kit includes laboratory and field items for this and future courses. It also contains safety items and is mandatory for the fieldtrip in this course. If you do not have the kit, you will not be permitted on the trip.
Please bring your Geo Kit to every lab session. In addition, bring white paper, pens, pencils, eraser and a metric ruler.
Laboratories: 5 x 8% = 40%
Midterm: 15% - Multiple Choice (50 mins) (in class Oct 22)
Final Exam: 45% - Bell ringer Lab exam (1 hr) and short answer (1hr) (in lab period 9:30 AM Nov 26).
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