Teaching

Stratigraphy (ESS 455, Winter quarter):

The course introduces students to the basics of stratigraphy. It familiarizes them with the basic tools for interpreting the age, geometry, and architecture of sedimentary archives. It has many applications, from paleo sciences that reconstruct Earth history (paleoclimatology, tectonics, paleontology, paleobotany) to economic geology and the study of ore deposits and petroleum reservoirs.

Prerequisite: Evolution of the Earth (ESS 213).


Depositional environments (ESS 456, Spring quarter):

The course introduces students to the principles of sedimentary facies analysis, including survey of modern processes that produce sedimentary sequences. Students are trained to the recognition of various depositional environments represented in the geologic record, including terrestrial, marine terrigenous, and carbonate environments. The course includes several fieldtrips to different depositional environments (two of them being required).

Prerequisite: Evolution of the Earth (ESS 213).


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