Field Course in Carbonate Environments
|Course code GEOS3260||Units 10||Level 3000||Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences|
This course introduces students to the stratigraphy, sedimentology, facies and facies associations of carbonate environments. This is chiefly attained by taking part in a one week to 10 days field excursion to ancient carbonate depositional systems preceded by Introductory Lectures and workshops and followed by self -conducted research project on campus tied to the fieldwork which includes the acquisition of petrographic observations, diagenetic studies and bibliographic research. Field locations are not fixed, and may even be overseas, whereby the exact timing will depend on the best climatic conditions for fieldwork in the selected area. Fieldwork would commonly take place within the semester break or before the start of semester 2 (if overseas). Details of the area, timing and duration of the field work will be provided in Blackboard well before the corse commences (15 days) if field area is in Australia. Notice of field area overseas will be given one year in advance to collect expressions of interest and allow for flights organization. Note that the course runs every two years.
This course has a compulsory course component and in order to pass the course, students must obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in the field/research report.
Available in 2014
|Objectives||At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to: |
1. demonstrate an understanding of field stratigraphy;
2. demonstrate an understanding of facies and facies associations within a tectonically active context;
3. demonstrate the capability to recognise boundaries and use them in correlations
4. demonstrate the capability to use notes, sketches and photos as the working material necessary to draw interpretations;
5. demonstrate the capability to carry out field work independently;
6. demonstrate knowledge relative to the theorethical and analytical tools needed to solve field-based problems;
7. write a well-researched, synthetic scientific report that processes field and campus laboratory data to obtain results, and discusses the results incorporating literature hypotheses to formulate conclusions.
|Content||GEOS3260 is conducted at different field areas where outstanding carbonate complexes outcrop. The syllabus consists of a six (6) to ten (10) day field mapping program, with lectures in the morning and workshops in the evening. Student's field notes will be the core of the interpretative report back at The University of Newcastle. |
Lectures will cover:
1) principles of carbonate formation (bio-mediation, bio-precipitation, chemical precipitation;
2) the concepts of carbonate factory;
3) evolution of carbonate environments and carbonate factories with time with focus on their relation to global climates and mass extinctions;
4) the importance of carbonate factories in the global Carbon cycle, and as reservoirs of hydrocarbons and high quality water resources;
5) Basic concepts of carbonate geochemistry, including isotope geochemistry, and how this is applied in economic and academic research.
|Assumed Knowledge||GEOS2200, GEOS2280 and/or GEOS2050.|
|Modes of Delivery||External Mode|
|Teaching Methods||Field Study|
Self Directed Learning
|Contact Hours||Laboratory: for 30 hour(s) per Term for Full Term|
Field Study: for 26 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Workshop: for 6 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
|Timetables||2014 Course Timetables for GEOS3260|