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SCP5070180, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CARBONATE SEDIMENTOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge NEREO PRETO GEO/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/02 Stratigraphic and Sedimentological Geology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Practice 1.5 18 19.5 No turn
Lecture 3.5 28 59.5 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione 2017/2018 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 PRETO NEREO (Presidente)
BREDA ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
RIGO MANUEL (Supplente)
1 Commissione 2016/2017 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 PRETO NEREO (Presidente)
BREDA ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
RIGO MANUEL (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Knowledges of sedimentary geology and clastic sedimentology; base notions of chemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: The students will acquire those notions of carbonate sedimentology that are required for the study of stratigraphy and depositional architecture of carbonate sedimentary bodies; will learn a method for the reconstruction of cement paragenesys and diagenetic history of carbonate rocks; will arise knowledges on the diagenesis of carbonates and on the analysis of carbonate microfacies, for what the diagenetic facets are concerned.
Examination methods: Written test
Assessment criteria: The written test will be evaluated on the base of the learning of the contents of the course. The written test will include a practical problem to solve (e.g., recostructing a diagenetic history on the base of thin sections) and will be marked also according to the accuracy to which the problem will be solved
Course unit contents: - Te carbon cycle in the oceans, and some notions of physical oceanography;
- the precipitation of carbonates as a chemical and biological process;
- origin of carbonate platforms and deep-water carbonates;
- types of carbonate platforms, their depositional architectures, and their dynamic stratigraphy;
- diagenesis of carbonates and reconstruction of diagenetic histories;
- dolomitization processes;
- sequence stratigraphy of carbonates.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is subdivided into classroom lectures, excercises, and field excursions. The lectures provide the bases to understand the course contents. The excercises consist on the study of carbonate microfacies, with special focus on diagenetic features. Some excercises require that the student solves a practical geological problem (e.g., the recostruction of a diagenetic history). The excursions are aimed at reconstructing the depositional architecture of a carbonate platform of north-eastern Italy.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lectures and excercises are available in advance via the moodle page of the course, and may be provided directly by the teacher in the classroom. Thin sections are made available in the microscope rooms. The following web resource results useful:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Tucker, Maurice E.; Wright, V. Paul; Dickson, J. A. D., Carbonate sedimentologyMaurice E. Tucker, V. Paul Wrightwith a chapter by J.A.D. Dickson. Oxford \etc.!: Blackwell scientific publications, 1990. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Demicco, Robert V.; Hardie, Lawrence A., Sedimentary structures and early diagenetic features of shallow marine carbonate depositsby Robert V. Demicco and Lawrence A. Hardie. Tulsa: SEPM, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Schlager, Wolfgang, Carbonate sedimentology and sequence stratigraphyWolfgang Schlager. Tulsa: SEPM, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Flugel, Erik; Munnecke, Axel, Microfacies of carbonate rocksanalysis, interpretation and applicationFl├╝gel Erikwith a contribution by Axel Munnecke. Berlin: Heidelberg, Springer, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo