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Study programmes 2013-2014Last update : 17/04/2014
GEOL0006-1  Rocks and sedimentary processes

Duration :  30h Th, 1d FW
Number of credits :  
Master in Geological and Mining Engineering, in-deph approach, 1st year3
Master in Geological and Mining Engineering, specialized approach, 1st year3
Master in Geographical Sciences, general orientation, in-depth approach, 1st year4
Master in Geographical Sciences, general orientation, didactic approach, 1st year4
Master en sciences géographiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en développement territorial et géomatique, 1st year4
Master in Geographical Sciences, general orientation, specialized approach, 1st year4
Master en sciences géographiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en géomorphologie, 1st year4
Lecturer :  Frédéric Boulvain
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Course contents :  
  • Introduction and mechanisms of alteration
  • Erosion and transport
  • Deposition, granulometry of sediments and sedimentary structures
  • Post-sedimentary evolution
  • Detrital sediments
  • Continental and marine carbonates
  • Bioconstructions
  • Organic sediments, siliceous deposits
  • Phosphorites and iron sediments
  • Evaporites, volcanosedimentary deposits
  • Sedimentary sequences
Practical work or fieldtrip will be organized.
Learning outcomes of the course :  
To acquire the basics of sedimentology and sedimentary petrology: understanding of sedimentary processes and interpretation of sedimentary rocks.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
General geology.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Lectures with pictures, movies and rock samples. Practical work on rock samples and thin sections. Optional fieldtrip.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Face-to-face. Lectures in lecture rooms of buildings B18 or B20.
Recommended or required readings :  
Lecture notes:

Pétrologie (http://www2.ulg.ac.be/geolsed/introsedim/introsedim.htm) sédimentaire: des roches aux processus. Ellipses, Paris, 259 pp.

Other reference textbooks:

  • Tucker, M.E., 1991. Sedimentary petrology, Blackwell, 260 pp.
  • Cojan, I. & Renard, M., 1999. Sédimentologie, Dunod, 418 pp.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Oral examination.
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
F. Boulvain Pétrologie sédimentaire, Bât. B20, 4000 Liège 1 (Sart Tilman) Tél. : 04/366.22.52 - e-mail : fboulvain@ulg.ac.be Secrétariat : Mme M. Guadagnano, Tél. : 04/366.53.23 - e-mail : M.Guadagnano@ulg.ac.be


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