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SCP5070180, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 PRETO NEREO (Presidente)
BREDA ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
RIGO MANUEL (Supplente)
3 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 PRETO NEREO (Presidente)
BREDA ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
RIGO MANUEL (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Knowledges of sedimentary geology and clastic sedimentology; base notions of chemistry. Having taken, or being taking "Sedimentology" is recommended.
Target skills and knowledge: The students will acquire those notions of carbonate sedimentology that are required for the study ofthe stratigraphy and depositional architecture of carbonate sedimentary bodies, both outcropping or in the subsurface; 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: The marking is based on two documents: a mid-term report based on class excercises and a final exam.
The report is the interpretation of a carbonate depositional system, presented as a idealized geological cross section of a carbonate platform, which is being studied during the course.
The final exam is a written test, which requires to answer briefly, with a short text or with geological sketches, to open questions.
Assessment criteria: The mid-term report is evaluated on the base of its consistency with data collected during the excercises, and consistency with the existing models of carbonate depositional systems. Notions of geological mapping, along with the notions on carbonate sedimentology acquired with this course, may be needed to complete the report.
The written test will be evaluated on the base of the learning of the contents of the course.
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

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Action learning

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)