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Clastics, carbonates, chemical sediments

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (FGSE)

Teacher(s): Thierry Adatte, Daniel Ariztegui, Sébastien Castelltort, Karl Föllmi, Pascal Kindler, Andrea Moscariello, Eric Verrecchia
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2016 -> 2017

No timetable defined.

Course+Practical work

Autumn semester
5 hours per week
45 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): English, French
Public: No
Credits: 6.00, 9.00


Overview of the sedimentary environments and processes recorded in archives of clastic, carbonate and chemical sedimentary rocks along the source-to-sink sedimentary system. The students get state-of-the-art knowledge of fundamental concepts and papers related to the different segments of the source-to-sink system, from proximal alluvial systems down to deep sea fan deposition and carbonate environments. The students also use this course to develop a detailed understanding of the sedimentary rocks of their own master research area. 


One part of the cours goes over clastic sedimentary rocks in the following order: 1) Sediment routing systems - source-to-sink processes and distal fluvial systems (S. Castelltort), 2) Sedimentary structures (K. Föllmi), 3) Glaciogenic and proximal fluvial depositional systems and processes (A. Moscariello), 4) Paleosoils (E. Verrecchia), 5) Lake systems and processes (D. Ariztegui), 6) Deltaic systems and clastic shelf - shallow marine processes (S. Castelltort), 7) Deep sea clastic systems and processes (S. Castelltort), 8-9) Biogenic, authigenic and clay sediments (T. Adatte - K. Föllmi), 10) Pelagic environments (to be defined). 
The courses 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 take place in Geneva, and courses 2, 4, 8, 9 and 10 in Lausanne.
A week of courses and field work is dedicated to carbonate rocks (P. Kindler) and will take place before the beginning of the second year of Master.


Seminars / Written or oral examination
or examination, in addition to a written exam with questions from each individual parts of the whole course, the students are asked to present a poster on the sedimentology-related research problems of their MSc research study area.


will be given by the teachers upon specific needs

Programme requirements

undergraduate sedimentology course

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