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Sedimentary Geology 186-455 Introduction Professor  Bruce Hart  Earth and Planetary Sciences, FDA 332, Telephone: 398-3677 e-mail: hart@eps.mcgill.ca Office Hours: By appointment   T.A.s  Tim McCullagh   (timothy.mccullagh@mcgill.ca) Dirk Schumann  (schumann@eps.mcgill.ca) Time    Classes: Monday and Wednesday, 11:30am-12:30pm, FDA 348-49 Laboratories: Wednesday, 2:305:30pm, FDA 348-49 N.B Two field trips will be held during term, requiring extended time periods on these days (to be discussed in class) Grading     30 % laboratory exercises/field reports 10 % term projects/presentations 0-20 % mid-term examination 40-60 % final examination Academic Integrity McGill University values academic integrity Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see http://www.mcgill.ca/integrity for more information) Text  Boggs, S Jr., Principles of sedimentology and stratigraphy Englewood Cliffs, N.J : Prentice Hall, th edition Why Sedimentary Geology?  Resources     Most of the world’s energy supply comes from fossil fuels derived from sedimentary rocks Mineral deposits (e.g., stratabound ores, MVT deposits) Water in aquifers Construction materials Why Sedimentary Geology?  Hazards/Engineering     Sediment transport/erosion affect engineering works (e.g., harbours, navigation routes) Sediment transport/erosion affect structural stability Sediment texture (e.g., grain size) affects mechanical properties Slope instability Mississippi Delta It was predicted:  "When we get the big hurricane and there are 10,000 people dead, the city government's been relocated to the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, refugee camps have been set up and there $10 billion plus in losses, what then?" Shea Penland, Geologist, Dec 2000 Why Sedimentary Geology? Book Cliffs, Utah Reef front – Red Sea 100 msec One km Posamentier, 2005 Course Objectives  Teach basic concepts of sedimentary geology  Stuff all geologists should know       Sediment transport Sedimentary structures Rock types Diagenesis Depositional environments Etc Course Objectives  Introduce advanced topics in sedimentary geology  Get you interested in other courses    Field camp(s) Sequence stratigraphy/basin analysis Subsurface mapping
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