of sedimentary rocks and their related depositional environments, and application of these principles to solving geological problems. Laboratory develops techniques for understanding, describing and interpreting sedimentary rocks, structures, and stratigraphy.
Lecture, targeted laboratory exercises, and local and non-local field trips (West Virginia, Fall break) will be employed so that students gain experience in describing, characterizing, and assessing sediments and sedimentary rocks with increasing independence and cognitive ability.
- Students will be able describe and access sedimentary texture, fabric, and sedimentary structures.
- Students will be able to ascertain sedimentary depositional environments for sedimentary rocks at all scales, i.e., from thin section, hand sample, and outcrop.
- Students will be able to deliver sedimentary expertise in working with other geology students in a structural geology course (Fall break field trip).
- Students begin to develop the ability to parse and assess popular sedimentology articles and scientific papers.
- Students will learn to gather and critically assess written and web resources while creating PowerPoint Presentations about clastic and carbonate depositional environments.
- Students will improve writing ability through bi-weekly writing assignments.
- Students will augment presentation skills by creating posters to be displayed and explained at semester's end at an appropriate undergraduate venue that encapsulate their work on the Fall break field trip.
- Students should develop a personal work ethic and professional attitude.
References and Notes:
Boggs, Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Chosen by my predecessor; will vet while teaching course for the first time Fall 2014.
I am developing this course presently so have not secured supplemental readings as yet. However, my plan is to expose students to both the popular (e.g., Scientific American) and scientific literature that explore or intersect with sedimentary geology.
I am attending this workshop to gain these resources.