Knowledge and understanding : Stratigraphic methods and proxies for paleogeographic and paleo-environmental reconstructions. Biosphere evolution in the stratigraphic context. Global and regional geodynamic evolution. Applying knowledge and understanding: bility to apply the skills acquired in the study of stratigraphic-environmental-geodynamic evolution on a regional scale. Making judgements: Distinction between acquiring data and geological-stratigraphic reconstructions on a regional scale. Evaluation of the methods to be applied according to the time intervals and the sedimentation regime.
Expected learning outcomes
Communication skills: Ability to describe and illustrate the knowledge gained during the course to reconstruct geological history resulting from interactions between geosphere-biosphere-atmosphere at regional scale and in the global context. Learning skills: Ability to base the acquired stratigraphic, geological and geodynamic processes on a scale from regional to global and at different time scales.
MODULE I 1) The geological time scale. Time-scale principles (Timescales). 2) The "global puzzle": synthetic geological history of the Earth. Methodologies. From the Precambrian to the present: distribution of continents and oceans: main geological events. Main climate changes of the Late Precambrian and Phanerozoic. 3) The Southern Alps and the evolution of the Tethys Ocean. Definitions. Paleogeography. The Paleozoic. The Triassic. The Jurassic. The Cretaceous. The Cenozoic. 4) The Lombardy Basin. The succession of the Lombardy Basin records the main sedimentary events caused by local, regional and global geological events. 5) elaborations / exercises on what analyzed during the excursions 6) Individual or group insights and discussion on specific topics, such as: SOUTHERN ALPS, GEODYNAMIC EVOLUTION OF THE TETHYS, OCEANIC ANOXIC EVENTS
MODULE II - EXCURSIONS 6 daily excursions on: · Triassic of the Bergamasque Prealps · Triassic of the Grigne area · Jurassic of Albenza (Colle di Sogno) · Jurassic-Cretaceous of Breggia. · Cretaceous-Cenozoic of Brianza.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of STRATIGRAFPHY, SEDIMENTOLOGY Participation to fioeld excursion
Lessons (Module I) Classroom exercises (Module I) Analysis of stratigraphic successions during excursions (Module II) to reconstruct, based on facies analysis the regional geological evolution
PPT and lecture notes available on the ARIEL platform Specific handouts prepared by the teacher for the individual excursions
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam concerning the theory part (Module I) and excursions (Module II). On-going verifications through discussion during the excursions and classroom exercises on what was analyzed during the excursions.