316 A. Carbonate Sedimentology.
Carbonate Sedimentology is an advanced course that examines carbonate
sedimentology and depositional environments. The course includes
field trips to several classic localities in the country. The course focuses
on the temporal and spatial makeup and controls on mineralogy and
constituent composition of sedimentary carbonates, and introduces
students to carbonate facies, carbonate platform models, sequence
stratigraphy, carbonate cycles, orbital (Milankovitch climate) forcing
and porosity in carbonates as well as field and lab methods. It will
provide an understanding of why no other rock type is as economically
important as carbonates, major reservoirs for petroleum, base
metals and potable water. Prerequisite: Geology 103.