Sedimentary Geology and Laboratory

A.Y. 2017/2018
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Knowledge and understanding: understand the sedimentary processes and skills in interpreting depositional paleoenvironment
Expected learning outcomes
Applying knowledge and understanding: interpretation of sedimentary successions
Making judgements: making judgments
Communication skills: learning and using thematic language
Learning skills: diverse, according to the ability of the students
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course allows the learning of the basic concepts of the Sedimentary Geology purposed for the recognition, description and understanding of the stratigraphic features recorded in the sedimentary successions and for the field analysis.
1) The subsidence, the sea level variations, the preservation of sediments, strata organization, diagenetic modifications. The stratigraphic boundaries, unconformities, lithofacies and the sedimentary events in the geological records. The stratigraphic correlations, and classifications (lithostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, magneto-chemmostratigraphy, UBSU, ciclostratigraphy). Construction and interpretazion of lito and cronostratigraphic schemes, paleogeographic maps
2) Depositional environments and their characteristic facies. Classification of sedimentary basins.
3) Exercises: lithostratigraphic correlations, construction and interpretation of stratigraphic sections, the stratigraphic field work.

This course will provide the basic concepts of petrography of sedimentary rocks. Students will be introduced to the theory (12 hours) of carbonate and siliciclastic rock microfacies and will get practical training (16 hours) of sedimentary rocks microscopy, both of limestones and sandstones and their classifications.
1) The carbonate microfacies components: different types of carbonate grains and bioclasts. Recognition of the main diagenetic features in carbonates: dissolution, cementation, compaction, recrystallization. Folk , Dunham and Emby and Klovan carbonate rock classifications.
2) The sandstone microfacies: recognition of matrix, grain mineralogy, cements; recognition of the main diagenetic features. Dott and Folk classifications of sandstones.
3) Practical activity of sedimentary rock microscopy with a polarized optical microscope: description and classification of carbonate and sandstone microfacies.
GEO/02 - STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY - University credits: 10
Field activity: 12 hours
Practicals: 36 hours
Lessons: 48 hours
Turno I
Professor: Della Porta Giovanna
Turno II
Professor: Della Porta Giovanna
Turno Unico
Professor: Della Porta Giovanna
Monday, 10.30-12.30
Via Mangiagalli 34, II floor
Monday 12.30-13.30
via Boticelli 23