Sedimentology Field Course – from Depositional Systems to Sedimentary Architecture

The course focus is on siliciclastic rocks/sediments. The course takes advantage of the excellent outcrops of sedimentary rocks in central Spitsbergen combined with access to study characteristic modern processes and deposits in a high Arctic environment.

Modern deposits from near-shore, fluvial and slope processes are investigated and used to discuss the influence of climatic zones on facies models. Some of the discussions and observations are also relevant when investigating the ancient sedimentary record, and used to discuss preservation potential, lateral variations and implications of e.g. terrain on facies models.  The course consists of alternating lectures, seminars and field work. Lectures will provide background information for the current state of debate and students will be expected to critically assess published facies models and interpretations in seminars.

The field work will focus on gaining practical experience with description and interpretation of sedimentological data. The data collected in the field will be used to discuss published models and interpretations. Field excursions will be carried out partly as daytrips in the area near Longyearbyen and partly as overnight excursions to other areas in order to have access to the full range of sedimentary environments.

Course details

Academic level(s)PhD
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline15.04.2014
ECTS credits10.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEarth sciencePhysical science (others)
Teaching placeSvalbard
Tagsgeologysiliclastic rockssedimentspitsbergenarctic environment
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