MICROPALEONTOLOGY

Second cycle degree in GEOLOGY AND TECHNICAL GEOLOGY

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: CLAUDIA AGNINI

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic of Stratigraphy and Paleontology
Examination methods: Practical examination plus oral examination
Course unit contents: History of micropaleontology and its position in the context of the geological sciences. Its developments and the importance of deep-sea drilling projects.
The first part of the course deals with “pure” micropaleontology. An overview of the various microfossil groups of botanical and zoological origin, that are widely used both in academic research and oil and gas industry, by presenting their morphology, taxonomy, mode of life, environments and stratigraphic distribution. In this context, preparation- and research techniques of main microfossil groups and their geological importance in terms of dating, correlation, facies interpretation, paleoenviromental and paleoclimaticreconstruction is introduced to the students.
The second part of the course consists of practical microscope exercitations on micropaleontological samples which contain the main microfossil groups presented in the general theoretical part (e.g., calcareous nannofossils, foraminifera, radiolarians, diatoms, ….).