Marine Geology and Palaeoceanography

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Marine Geology and Palaeoceanography

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies, Field Component, Marine Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ERTH2003 or ERTH2050

    *This course has a field trip component. Additional fees, paid directly to the university, may apply.

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    The evolution of ocean basins though the interplay between plate tectonics and climate controls, the production and distribution of marine sediments, global sea levels and patterns of ocean circulation. An understanding of these processes is vital to infer the distribution of marine resources, marine geohazards such as tsunami and to reconstruct past environmental conditions which are used to inform predictions of future climates. This course integrates sedimentological, palaeontological, geophysical, geochemical and stratigraphic modelling techniques to explore these processes. It will explore the structure and bathymetry of ocean basins, marine sediment deposition from submarine fans to carbonate platforms and glacio-marine environments, and the chemical evolution of marine waters. Students are introduced to the use of marine fossils for palaeoceanographic and palaeoclimatic reconstruction of Cenozoic climates, including opening and closing oceanic gateways, thermohaline circulation and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation.
    Course Introduction
    The size, bathymetry and connection between oceanic basins is controlled primarily by submarine tectonism and sedimentary input. These in turn have a profound influence on the distribution of marine resources, global sea levels, ocean chemistry, deep and surface currents, global climate, and the occurrence of geohazards such as tsunamis or rapid methane hydrate release. This course will investigate the underlying mechanisms and links between many of these fascinating subjects.
    This course provides an introduction to marine geology and oceanography to students at an advanced undergraduate level. It assumes a basic background in sedimentology or earth science.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of concepts involved with marine geology and oceanography.
    • Develop an understanding of the methods used to reconstruct earth history in the ocean and some of the limitations of those methods
    • Develop an ability to work independently on research associated with this topic and to communicate your research effectively.
    • Develop critical faculties when dealing with scientific research and popular portrayals of science.
    • Develop an understanding of how the ocean interacts with other components of the geosphere such as the atmosphere or cryosphere
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 3 Practical or Laboratory hours

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