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Instructor: Professor Bruce W. Fouke
Office: Room 138 Natural History Building (NHB) Phone: 244-5431 E-mail: fouke@uiuc.edu  Office Hours: 4:00-6:00 pm Mondays

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to provide an integrated overview of the sciences of sedimentology and stratigraphy. State-of-the-art analytical tools will be integrated with the newest theoretical depositional and diagenetic concepts to provide a comprehensive answer to the question "What is the paleoenvironmental origin of a sedimentary rock?". Emphasis will be placed on: 1) quantitative description and classification of the composition and layering of sedimentary rocks; 2) spatial and temporal models for reconstructing depositional environments; 3) quantitative water-rock interaction and diagenesis; 4) the theory and practice of reconstructing sea level as a link to gauging ancient climate, oceanic circulation and sedimentation patterns, biotic evolution, and tectonic regimes; and 5) environmental geomicrobiology.

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