- Code EMSC3014
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Energy Change, Geology, Environmental Science
This course is not offered in 2019
Sedimentary basins are the source of all our fossil fuel resources, paleoclimate records and make our planet distinctive. This course will cover sedimentary basin development and the methods used to correlate sedimentary sections around the world. The architecture of large sedimentary basins (greater than 500 km across) will be investigated, with an emphasis on how and why they form. Correlation of rock units in time and space rely on global stratigraphic methods, with emphasis placed on 'event' stratigraphy such as Oceanic Anoxic Events and warm intervals from the sedimentary record like the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) and other times of 'Extreme' climate that occurred during the past 100 million years. The skills learned in this course provide the building blocks of climate reconstructions.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
- Assess large scale sedimentary basin architecture using seismic stratigraphy, well logs, coring and in some cases outcrops.
- Describe depositional history of selected basins using case studies from the literature and my personal research. Demonstrate an understanding of how magnetostratigraphy works.
- Evaluate how constructing stratigraphies using stable isotopes of oxygen and carbon is accomplished.
- Develop a working knowledge of how paleotemperature and atmospheric CO2 are reconstructed.
- Analyse and understand how extreme climate events such as the PETM and OAEs are reconstructed.
- Critically analyse how the stratigraphic record can inform us about future climate change and sea level rise, examples from Pliocene stratigraphic study.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- 6 quizzes 30% (LO1-7)
- Weekly practical assignments (6 assessed, including the field trip; LO1-7) 30%
- Theory Exam (LO 1-7) 40%
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WorkloadThere will be 24 hours of lectures and 24 hours of practical/workshops in total. One local field trip is planned.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThere will be no set text, but a series of journal articles will be included in the course material.
Assumed KnowledgeBasic Geology.
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