Study Programmes 2015-2016
Rocks and sedimentary processes
Duration :
30h Th, 1d FW
Number of credits :
Master in Geographical Sciences, general orientation4
Lecturer :
Frédéric Boulvain
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
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.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
General geology.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Lectures (in french) with slides (english), 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 :
The slides will be available on My ULg after each lecture.
Lecture notes:
Pétrologie 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 : Secrétariat : Mme J. Schmetz, Tél. : 04/366.22.51 - e-mail :