William W. Little

Geology

Brigham Young University-Idaho

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Activities (3)

Building a Facies Model part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Activities
Facies models are often abstract and difficult for undergraduate students to fully understand. As a result, they tend to memorize idealized diagrams from text books that can be reproduced for an exam, then forgotten. The purpose of this exercise is to help students understand a model by "building" it "piece by piece" and relating the various components to concepts they learned earlier in the semester, such as energy relationships, base level, facies, facies associations, and Walther's Law. It is designed to begin as an in-class discussion led by the instructor using a black or white board, followed by group collaboration, out-of-class exercises, and concluding with a formal examination. The example provided here is for a prograding shoreface system; however, the same approach can be applied to any depositional system.

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Building an Idealized Stratigraphic Sequence Clastic Shoreline Example part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Activities
The purpose of this exercise is to guide students through the process of constructing a stratigraphic sequence based on understanding relationships between the production of space and filling that space with sediment.

Increasing the Effectiveness of Undergraduate Field Camp Through the Integration of Preparatory Courses part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Four courses; Introduction to Field Geology, Sedimentology & Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, and Advanced Field Methods have been linked to optimize use of time at field camp.

Course

Increasing the Effectiveness of Undergraduate Field Camp Through the Integration of Preparatory Courses part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Four courses; Introduction to Field Geology, Sedimentology & Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, and Advanced Field Methods have been linked to optimize use of time at field camp.

Other Contribution

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Courses
A combination lecture and laboratory course that covers the origin, classification, distribution, and correlation of sedimentary rock bodies and their use in interpreting geological history. This course provides a broad overview of the processes involved in the production of sedimentary rock bodies and the formation of stratigraphic successions, the classification of sedimentary rocks and rock bodies, the recognition of ancient depositional environments, and the methods and uses of stratigraphic (basin) analyses.


Events and Communities

Sedimentary Geology Workshop 06

Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014