Sedimentary Environments

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Doel vak

The goal of this course is to characterise, classify and interpret a
selected number of terrestrial and marine sedimentary environments in
terms of their processes, facies distribution, morphology and

Inhoud vak

Special attention will be paid to periglacial and aeolian sedimentary
environments and peat environments.

Periglacial environments (Kasse): processes and landforms that are
specific to this environment and their paleoclimatic significance will
be discussed. Special attention is paid to those phenomena which are
also preserved in the fossil record.

Aeolian environments (Prins): the sedimentary processes responsible for
sand and dust transport, the specific climatic setting of such
environments, and associated landforms and deposits will be discussed.
Special attention will be given to present-day dust source areas,
associated erosion-transport-deposition processes and the resulting dust
deposits (terrestrial and marine) and their paleoclimatic significance.
A guest lecture by J.B. Stuut (NIOZ) is envisaged.

Peat environments (Van der Putten): the climatic conditions and
geomorphological settings favourable for the formation of extensive peat
deposits will be discussed. Important plant macro- and microfossils
which allow to reconstruct the evolution of the local mire vegetation
will be introduced. The use of (changes in) species assemblages as a
tool to infer environmental and climate change during the Holocene and
last glacial-interglacial transition will be discussed.


The course has a study value of 6 ECTS and has a study load of about 168
hours consisting of:
- Lectures (11 sessions of ~3.5 hr), including practicals, literature
presentation and discussion meetings.
- Field trips (2 x 1 day).
- Self-tuition (~110 hr).


The final mark of the Sedimentary Environments course will be determined
on basis of the partial marks given for the following items:
1) Student paper presentation (25% of final mark).
2) Periglacial Environments part (25% of final mark): assignments during
the practical (10%) and Dinkel excursion report (10%).
3) Eolian Environments part (25% of final mark): written examination.
4) Peat environments part (25% of final mark): written examination.

In case of a re-sit, your final mark will be determined by the highest
partial mark for the individual topics.

Vereiste voorkennis

A requirement for this course is that students have followed the second
year course ‘Kwartair Geologie (AB_1084)’.


A course manual and list of selected literature (book chapters,
articles) will be made available via Canvas.


3rd-year bachelor students from the bachelor programmes Earth Sciences
and Earth & Economics.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1093
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. M.A. Prins
Examinator dr. M.A. Prins
Docenten dr. M.A. Prins
dr. C. Kasse

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