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Module GL3301: Sedimentary petrology: from sediment to rocks

Module GL3301
Co-ordinator: Dr Catherine Rose
Course Type: Mandatory

Theory examination (50%); practical examination (25%); in-course laboratory practical work and seminars (25%)

ECTS: 5 Credits
Prerequisites: GL2205, GL2206

Contact hours & timing:

Michaelmas Term
  Weeks 12-16, seven hours per week

Module Learning Aims:

The aims are (1) To acquire a basic understanding of how sediment is produced at the Earth's surface and then becomes rock. (2) To be able to relate the information preserved in these sedimentary rocks to physical, chemical and biological processes that occurred during their formation.

Module Content:

The origin of a wide range of sedimentary rocks is investigated in theory and in the laboratory using hand samples and thin sections.

Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • provide technical descriptions of common sedimentary rock types from hand samples and thin sections
  • outline appropriate strategies for laboratory investigation of sedimentary rocks
  • produce basic interpretations of petrological evidence

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Last updated 30 September 2014