Historical Geology and Sedimentology

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Doel vak

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
e.g. how interdependent all of its various systems and subsystems are.
Sedimentological practicals will provide an insight in small-scale,
local facies development and stratigraphy in relation to large-scale,
global patterns e.g. in NW Europe during the Late Paleozoic and

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 assess a sedimentological log in relation to large-scale global

Inhoud vak

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.


14 lectures (28 hours), practicals (2 x 4 hours), excursion/practial 1
day at TNO Utrecht, 1 day presentations.


The final mark consists of the following components: (1) Written exam
Historical Geology (70%), (2) assignments (10%) and (3) exercises
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.

Vereiste voorkennis

AB_450069; Sedimentologie en Stratigrafie


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

Additional literature will be made available on Canvas.


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

Aanbevolen voorkennis

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

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1097
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. E. Ufkes
Examinator dr. E. Ufkes
Docenten dr. E. Ufkes

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