2019-2020 / GEOL0256-1

Marine sediment geochemistry


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in geology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in geology (60 ECTS)4 crédits 


Nathalie Fagel

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Study of basic geochemical concepts requested for the interpretation of the geochemical signature of marine sediment records. Examples from literature and from personal proposals.
The cursus is divided in five parts:
- introduction; - diagenetic processes; - interstitial waters; - cycle of metallic elements; - paleoceanographical tracers

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Study of chemical processes leading to formation of sedimentary rocks. Analyses of physical and chemical modifications through early diagenesis. Influence of kinetics and bacterial activity.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge of mineral chemistry and thermodynamic.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Analyses and interpretation of geochemical signatures of marine sediments. Treatment and interpretation of geochemical datasets. Use of excel-like software. A personal computer is requested.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Course will be given during the first semester. Theory: 5 lectures x 2h. Practise: 5 x 2h. The course will be given in English.

Recommended or required readings

A French syllabus is available. Slides are in English.

Assessment methods and criteria

Examination will include two parts.
Theory (70% of final quotation). Written examination on a selection of scientific publications (acces to the reprints and document before the examination).
TP - Written report of TP (30%)

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

The lectures will take place on tuesday am from 9 to 13h
Room R88 at the Department of Geology (B18).


Nathalie Fagel Professor, Département de Géologie Research Unit AGEs - Argiles, Géochimie et Environnements sédimentaires - B18, Allée du 6 Août, B-4000 Liège, Belgium Fax:04.366.2029, Tel: 04.366.2209, e-mail: nathalie.fagel@uliege.be www.ages.ulg.ac.be