Sedimentary Geology

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sedimentary Geology

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Earth Science Level 2

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    Short Description
    The formation and diagenetic alteration of sedimentary rocks.

    Course Aims
    To describe the environments of deposition of sedimentary rocks and the sedimentary processes effecting their character.
    To evaluate methods of assessing the provenance of clastic sedimentary rocks.
    To describe the processes and products of diagenetic alteration of sedimentary rocks and evaluate the impact of diagenesis on the porosity and permeability of sedimentary rocks.
    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
    1 To identify and describe sedimentary rocks in hand specimen and thin section.
    2. To recall the controls on diagenesis of sedimentary rocks and their influence on porosity and permeability and potential for hydrocarbon exploration.
    3. To summarise the mineralogical and textural changes that occur in mudrocks during burial diagenesis.
    4. To describe how changes in Phanerozoic ocean chemistry are recorded in the rock record.
    5. To summarise how terrestrial carbonates can be used as climate proxies.
    6. To evaluate the provenance of clastic sedimentary rocks.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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