- Code EMSC6014
- 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
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.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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. 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 field trip costs are approximately $200 and are in addition to the standard course costs. Field trips payments are made through Scienceshop
- 6 quizzes (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Weekly practical assignments (6 assessed, including the field trip) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Theory exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Research paper (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which will consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 X 3 hour practical per week.
- A weekend field trip is planned to the South Coast of New South Wales during the first month of the course.
- Approximately 56 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
There will be no set text, but a series of journal articles will be included in the course material.
Bachelor degree including Earth Science/Geology or Chemistry to a first year level
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