Historical Geology and Sedimentology


Course Objective

The main goal of this course is to achieve insight in the geological and
biological history of the Earth as a continuum of interrelated events
that have shaped our planet; to recognize the sequence of - and
interrelationships between major events in the history of the Earth, its
surface, and its life forms. This will create an increasing awareness on
links between various (sub)systems.
Sedimentological practicals will provide an insight in small-scale,
local facies development and stratigraphy in relation to large-scale,
global patterns e.g. Neoproterozoic and in NW Europe during the Late

By the end of the course the student should be able to:
- know the main (plate)tectonic, climatological and evolutionary events
in their context in space and time.
- to set up and assess a sedimentological log in relation to large-scale
global patterns.

Course Content

The course starts with a brief history of historical geology and an
overview of the major global events. We address major themes –
sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, paleontology, and plate
tectonics in time and space –, which are woven together to unravel
Earth's history. The focus is on large scale, processes relevant for
understanding how climatic and tectono-sedimentary changes are recorded
in the geological record. In addition, the interdependent aspects of
these themes will be addressed. Smaller-scaled events will be
highlighted during the practicals.

Teaching Methods

14 lectures (28 hours), sedimentological practical (1 x 4 hours), 1 day
core workshop TNO Utrecht, 1 day presentations.

Method of Assessment

The final mark consists of the following components: (1) Written exam
Historical Geology (70%), (2) assignments (10%) and (3)
sedimentological practicals (20%).
A minimum mark of 5.0 is required for the written exam in order to pass
the course. Grades resulting from exercises and assignments are only
valid during the course of the year.

Entry Requirements

AB_450069; Sedimentologie en Stratigrafie


Suggested literature:
Steven M. Stanley and John A. Luczaj, 2015. Earth System History.
4th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1429255264, 608 pages, W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd.

Additional papers will be made available on Canvas.

Target Audience

Earth Sciences; Minor Solid Earth. This course is also open for Minor
Surface Earth.

Recommended background knowledge

AB_1062; Paleontologie (Global Change)
AB_1120; Sedimentaire systemen in ruimte en tijd
AB_1119; Geologie van Nederland

General Information

Course Code AB_1097
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. E. Ufkes
Examiner dr. E. Ufkes
Teaching Staff dr. E. Ufkes

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Computer lab, Lecture, Practical, Excursion