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SCP3051016, A.A. 2019/20

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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 SEDIMENTOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/02 Stratigraphic and Sedimentological Geology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic concepts of geology (structural geology, geodynamic settings, lithology (different types of rocks) and geomorphology (geomorphic configuration of the main depositional environments)
Basic knowledge concerning sedimentology (textural features of the main types of sediments and sedimentary rocks) and stratigraphy (temporal and spatial variability of depositional systems)
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide the expertise to analyze sediments and sedimentary successions in terms of sediment transport/deposition, geometry of sedimentary bodies and sequence stratigraphy principles. The skills provided in the frame of the course will allow to deal with subsurface exploration and environmental management.
Examination methods: Written test with open questions on the main themes illustrated in the frame of the course (processes of sediment transport, depositional environments, sequence stratigraphy)
Assessment criteria: The knowledge concerning the three main topics (processes of sediment transport, depositional environment, sequence stratigraphy) treated during the course will be evaluated. Skill of students in describing and interpret specific deposits or sedimentary succession will be evaluated. The syntax and clarity of the written text will be also considered.
Course unit contents: Introduction to Sedimentology (credits: 0.2)
- facies and facies associations
- textural features of sediments, stratal geometries and terminology

Sediment transport/deposition and post-depositional modifications (credits: 1.8)
- tractional transport from unidirectional currents
- tractional transport from oscillatory currents
- mass transport
- soft-sediment deformations
- icnofossils

Depositional environment (credits: 2.5)
- continental depositional environments (alluvial fan, fluvial, lacustrine, eolian)
- coastal depositional environment (wave-dominated coasts, deltas, tidal flats/lagoons )
- deep marine depositional environment (turbidites, conturites)

Sequence stratigraphy (credits: 0.5)
- base level and accommodation space
- systems tracts
- sequences
- incised valleys
- non-marine sequence stratigraphy
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be mainly based on class teaching, which will be integrated with a field excursion. After dealing with the main topics of the course, a summary will be proposed through discussion of instructive photos or specific cases of study selected from literature. The field trip which will close the course will focus on collection and discussion of data from different sedimentary successions and related depositional environments.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Pdf. files of lessons
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bridge J. and Demicco R., Earth Surface Processes, Landforms and Sediment Deposits. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Reading H.G, Sedimentary Enviroments: Processes, Facies and Stratigraphy. London: Blackie, 2006.