Sedimentary Basins


Course Objective

The main goal of the course is to provide students the skills to analyze
and interpret data on sedimentary basins and derive quantitative
reconstruction of their tectono-sedimentary evolution. In order to do
so, the student should be able to:
- Combine different data sets to understand tecto-sedimentary processes
controlling the evolution of sedimentary basins.
- Combine class material with significant, compiled literature material.
- To work in small interdisciplinary groups.
- To present the results of his/her work in oral and written form.

Course Content

The main topics addressed in this course are:
- the tectonic processes influencing their structural-stratigraphic
framework and the formation setting;
- the classification and subdivision schemes of basinal systems and
their diagnostic characteristics;
- the physical processes controlling their distribution, infilling, and
- principles of physical and sequence stratigraphy of siliciclastic and
carbonate sedimentary systems.

A limited number of real-world sedimentary basins (siliciclastic and
carbonate settings) from various tectonic settings will be addressed and
used to test in practice the theoretical knowledge.

Teaching Methods

Frontal lectures (l), class seminars (s) and practicals (pra),
collective exercises and reading assignments of selected primary
literature on specific regional examples.
Contact hours per student: 2

Method of Assessment

Final written exam (E): 70%
Student presentations (Pres), practicals (Prac) and/or assignments (A):
Class participation: 10%

It is not possible to compensate one component with another.


Required books:
- Allen, P.A. and Allen, J.R. (2004). Basin Analysis. Blackwell
Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-632-05207-3

Additional books:
- Catuneanu, O. (2006), Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy, Elsevier

Other relevant literature will be provided.

Additional Information

This course focuses on the background, origin and evolution of
sedimentary basins in space and time, with the main aim is to understand
how such systems develop and fill, and how they and their contents can
be used for a variety of applied purposes.

Recommended background knowledge

Stratigraphy, sedimentology, structural geology and tectonics at
Bachelor’s level

General Information

Course Code AM_450154
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. K. Ogata
Examiner dr. K. Ogata
Teaching Staff dr. K. Ogata

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Computer lab, Lecture, Reading
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