EARTH506-22A (HAM)

Sedimentary Geology

15 Points

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School of Science
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Paper Description

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This 15 point paper builds on the foundations of sedimentary geology established in EARTH 312. Students will explore, at a more independent level, how geological models (i.e., facies models, stratigraphic models, and geocellular models) are conceptualized, constructed, and validated. EARTH 506 uses short lectures supplemented by independent readings and active participation in group or individual exercises. The focus of this paper is to understand different ways of applying geological models to sediments and rocks and to develop a "tool box" of mapping and stratigraphic correlation techniques that can be used to rationalize the sedimentary record.

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Paper Structure

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The paper is composed of lectures, student seminars, and practical sessions.

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The paper is supported by learning resources provided in person or accessed via Moodle.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Develop and interpret geological models for sediments and rocks based on outcrop, core, and subsurface geophysical datasets.
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  • Infer environments of deposition and geological history from 2D and 3D geological models.
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  • Critically discuss the limitations of geological models and compare/contrast between different model frameworks.
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  • Map sedimentary deposits and build cross-sections of strata to establish meaningful interpretations and predictions geobodies.
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Assessment

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Maps, cross sections and models are developed during practical learning in the laboratory and on the computer. Understanding of environments of formation and limitations of modelling are assessed through written reports and seminar presentations. There are 4 assignments: all involve preparation of a hand-drawn model together with a written report; assignments 3 and 4 also require an oral presentation.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1 - Wireline Mapping
15 Mar 2022
12:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
2. Assignment 2 - Literature Reviews (ongoing)
10 Jun 2022
No set time
10
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
3. Assignment 3 - Structure Mapping
22 Mar 2022
12:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
4. Assignment 4 - Correlation Exercise
29 Mar 2022
12:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
5. Assignment 5 - Cross Section 1
12 Apr 2022
12:00 PM
10
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
6. Assignment 6 - Cross Section 2
16 May 2022
12:00 PM
10
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
7. Assignment 7 - Cross Section 3
7 Jun 2022
12:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
8. Exam
40
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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O. Catuneanu, Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy 1st version
N.P. James and R.W. Dalrymple, Facies Models 4, GeoText 6, Geological Association of Canada
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Online Support

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Online support will be provided via Moodle, which is accessible to all students who are enrolled in the paper.
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Workload

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The paper involves up to 12 workshops, preparation and presentation of a oral seminars and associated reports, and preparation for a final 3-hour exam. A 500-level 15 point paper in any of the science subjects offered by the University of Waikato typically involves less than ~30 hours of supervised study and it is assumed that up to ~120 hours will be spent in private study by an ‘average’ student. Students should expect to spend approximately 30 hours in independent study for each assessment item.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Linkages to other papers: ERTH242, ERTH562 ERTH563; ERTH564, ERTH565

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: EARTH312 or EARTH313 or ERTH352

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Restrictions: ERTH552

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