May 19, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2022-23 
    
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

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GEOL 5540 - Carbonate Depositional Systems I


Study of carbonate rocks in the modern and geologic record, including patterns and processes of sedimentation and diagenesis as well as depositional models.

Requisites:
Credit Hours: 4
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to identify the depositional environment of carbonate rocks in hand sample.
  • Gain an appreciation for changes in carbonate composition through time due to biotic evolution.
  • Graduate students will research a specific depositional environment, determine the diagnostic criteria for identifying carbonates from that environment, and present this information to the class in a 30 minute presentation.
  • Learn the controls on carbonate sedimentation including geochemical, tectonic, diagenetic, and climatic controls.
  • Learn the diagnostic criteria for differentiating the most common carbonate depositional environments including eolian, lacustrine, subaerial, beach, tidal flat, bank margin, reef, open and restricted platform, slope, and basinal environments.
  • Learn to classify carbonate rocks and to identify skeletal and non-skeletal constituents of carbonate rocks.
  • Learn to use hypothesis testing to evaluate depositional environments for carbonate rocks.
  • Understand the primary location and style of carbonate deposition in the modern world.



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