Facies Analysis

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The laboratory activities, field activities and examples of case studies from the petroleum industry will provide students with the fundamental knowledge to apply what learned.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will acquire the knowledge to understand depositional processes, depositional environments, facies types and how they varied through time and space. Students will develop skills to describe and interpret sedimentary rocks and link them to the environment of deposition that can be applied in various fields of the Earth Sciences.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The lessons, based on the Covid 19 situation of March-June 2021, can be remotely via the Teams platform
Course syllabus
The course focuses on the description an interpretation of physical processes controlling the formation of sedimentary rocks (weathering, erosion, transport, deposition and lithification). Attention will be paid to sedimentation in different depositional environments (marine and continental). Definition and operative use of facies and facies classifications in Sedimentary Geology.
The course consist of class work and field excursions.
Prerequisites for admission
Non sono previsti prerequisiti
Teaching methods
lessons, exercises, field trips
Teaching Resources
Lecture notes of teachers, also available in pdf format files.
  The following textbooks:
Bosellini A., Mutti E. & Ricci Lucchi F. (1986) - Rocce e successioni sedimentarie. 395 pp. UTET
Miall A.D. (2000) - Principles of sedimentary basin analysis. Springer Verlag, 668 pp
Reading, H.G. (1996) - Sedimentary Environments: Processes, Facies and Stratigraphy. Blackwell, Oxford, 688 pp.
Nichols, G. (2009) - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. Blackwell, Oxford, 419 pp.
Leeder (2005) - Sedimentology and Sedimetary Basins. Blackwell , Oxford, 592 pp.
Einsele (1992) - Sedimentary Basins. Springer, Verlag.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam includes an oral test, which allows for a grade up to 30/30. The test is based on questions related to specific topics aimed at ascertaining the student's knowledge of the program and the capacity for synthesis and exposure.
Any additional information on the evaluation methods will be explained during the course.
Field activity: 12 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Felletti Fabrizio
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