Instructor: Professor Bruce W. Fouke
|Office: Room 138 Natural History Building (NHB)||Phone: 244-5431||E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org||Office Hours: 4:00-6:00 pm Mondays|
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.