2019-2020 / GEOL1039-1

Geological oceanography

From theory to field work

Additional field work

Duration

From theory to field work : 20h Th, 20h Pr, 1d FW
Additional field work : 2d FW

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)5 crédits 

Lecturer

From theory to field work : Nathalie Fagel
Additional field work : Nathalie Fagel

Coordinator

Nathalie Fagel

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Schedule

Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

From theory to field work

The cusus is divided in two parts:
Geological oceanography;
Geochemical oceanography.

The syllabus is organised through five chapters:
- ocean formation and evolution;
- oceanic supplies and transport through water column;
- marine sedimentology;
- processes at water-sediment interface and diagenesis sequence;
- trace element distribution in ocean and proxy for paleoceanography

Additional field work

sampling and analysis of sediments collected in the bay of calvi during the 2 weeks training in Oceanography

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

From theory to field work

The cursus is divided in two parts.
The first part is an introduction to geological oceanography (10h). We will study the origin and evolution of the oceanic basins in relationship with the theory of Plate Tectonic.
In the second part, we will examine the particulate and dissoled exchanges between the ocean and the adjacant reservoirs (lithosphere, atmosphere). The aim is to understand how elements could be used as proxy for paleoenvironmental and paleoceanographical reconstructions.

Additional field work

Practise at the Oceanographic reseach Station Stareso in calvi (France). Complementary approach to the lectures " geological oceanography" followed during the first semestre.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

From theory to field work

None. The cursus will be adapted according to the audience.

Additional field work

None. The cursus will be adapted according to the audience.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

From theory to field work

(a) Various kind of exercices. Resolution of exercice, analyse of cartographic documents and charts. Observation of marine sediments (sands) and rocks (binocular loup, microscope). Preparation and sedimentological analyse(s).
(b) Personal work. Oral presentation with supports (15 minutes) of one selected oceanic borehole and short written report. The talk must presented the four following parts: the general characteristics of the basin (location, climate, hydrodynamics..), its geological formation and evolution, its sedimentology, a synthesis of one paleoceanographic proxy presented in a scientific paper.
c) One-day fieldtrip on an oceanographical boat in North Sea. Demonstration and sampling of water and sediments. Samples will be analyzed on board or during the practises. Collective exercice to present oceanographical researches for general audience.



  

Additional field work

Observation of marine sediments and analysis.
  

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

From theory to field work

Course will be given during the first semester on wednesday morning. Lectures will be followed by exercices (room R88, building B18, Geology).

Additional field work

Practises given during the training in oceanography at Stareso (Calvi, Corse).

Recommended or required readings

From theory to field work

Printed copy available on the campus (copy shop point de vue).

Assessment methods and criteria

From theory to field work

Examination will include two parts.
Theory (60 % of final quotation). Individual oral examination (15 minutes + preparation). Comments of figures and/or tables presented during the lectures.
TP Personal work (40 % of quotation). Selection of one selected coring site : description of hydrodynamic, geological origin géologique of the basin, sedimentologie andt stratigraphy, description of 1 paleoceanographic proxy. Oral presentation (15 minutes) with supports and written report (max. 10 pages).

Additional field work

The observations could be integrated in the global report of the training.

Work placement(s)

Additional field work

Stareso research station, Calvi (France)

Additional field work

Stareso research station, Calvi (France)

Organizational remarks

From theory to field work

Any comment on the syllabus are welcome.

Contacts

From theory to field work

Nathalie Fagel Professor, Geology Departement AGEs - Argiles, Géochimie et Environnements sédimentaires
B18, Allée du 6 Août, B-4000 Liège, Belgium Fax: 04.366.2029 Tel: 04.366.2209
nathalie.fagel@uliege.be www.ages.ulg.ac.be

Additional field work

Nathalie Fagel Professor, Geology Departement AGEs - Argiles, Géochimie et Environnements sédimentaires
B18, Allée du 6 Août, B-4000 Liège, Belgium Fax: 04.366.2029 Tel: 04.366.2209
nathalie.fagel@uliege.be www.ages.ulg.ac.be