Geology 103

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Course material and Assignments

California State University, Sacramento

 

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Course requirements, syllabus and schedule

Week 1

Lecture:  Course introduction, weathering

Lecture:  Sedimentary textures, fabric, maturity

Lab:  Sieve analysis, sediment texture

Week 2

Lecture:  Classification of siliclastic sedimentary rocks

Lecture:  Fundamentals of fluid flow, laminar vs. turbulent flow, Reynolds and Froude numbers

Lab:  Sand composition

Week 3

Lecture: Density and viscosity, particle transport, Hjulstrom curve

Lecture:  Bedform progression, beds and bedding (primary sedimentary structures)

Lab:  Sand provenance

Week 4

Lecture:  Sedimentary structures

Lecture:  Sedimentary structures (continued)

Lab:  Clastic sedimentary structures

Week 5

Lecture:  Classification of siliclastic sedimentary rocks, Folk and Gilbert's classification systems

Exam #1: Wednesday, February 26th

Lab:  Petrology of silicilastic rocks: shale, siltstone, sandstone, conglomerate

Week 6

Lecture:  Mass movements, sediment gravity flows

Lecture:  Deep marine sedimentation, deep sea fans

Lab: Sandstone petrology: practice with Folk and Gilbert's systems

 

Weekend field trip: Measuring stratigraphic sections, deep sea fans in the field

Combined with Geol 111B trip

(Saturday March 8th - Sunday March 9th)

Week 7

Combined lab/lectures:  Read the schedule carefully!

 

Monday: 

     Monday lab people go to Nimbus Dam 1:00- 5:30

     Wednesday lab people begin group project 1:00 - 2:15

 

Wednesday:

     Wednesday lab people go to Nimbus Dam 1:00 - 5:30

     Monday lab people begin group project 1:00 - 2:15

Week 8

Combined lab/lectures:  Read the schedule carefully!

 

Monday: 

     Monday lab people visit their formation 1:00- 5:30

     Wednesday lab people continue group project 1:00 - 2:15

 

Wednesday:

     Wednesday lab people visit their formation 1:00 - 5:30

     Monday lab people continue group project 1:00 - 2:15

Spring break, Geology 111B field trip: March 22nd - 29th

Week 9

No class Monday (Cesar Chavez Day)

Lecture:  Alluvial fans

Lab:  No lab this week, but continue your group project!

Week 10

Lecture:  Alluvial fans

Lecture:  Braided streams

Lab:  Group poster presentations: local stratigraphy

Week 11

Lecture:  Meandering streams

Lecture:  Evaporite minerals, evaporite deposits

Lab:  Sandstone petrography 1: Sandstones in thin section

Week 12

Lecture:  Chert and ironstone

Lecture: Coal and carbonaceous rocks

Lab:  Sandstone petrography 2: Sandstones in thin section

Week 13

Exam #2: Monday, April 28th

Lecture:  Deltaic deposition

Lab:  Petrology of coal, carbonaceous rocks, chert, ironstone, phosphatic rocks

Week 14

Lecture:  Carbonate classification and components (Folk and Dunham)

Lecture:  Carbonate mineralogy and stability

Lab:  Carbonate petrology: limestones, dolostones, porosity, Folk and Dunham

 

Weekend field trip: Coastal processes, sedimentary environments

(Friday May 9th through Sunday May 11th)

Week 15

Lecture:  Carbonate shelf systems, modern reefs

Lecture:  Modern reef facies, reefs through time

Lab practical exam

Comprehensive Final Exam: Monday, May 19th, 12:45-2:45

 

 

Final Grades and Average

 


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