2023-2024 / GEOL0006-4

Rocks and sedimentary processes (partie 1)


30h Th, 4h Labo.

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Geological and Mining Engineering2 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Geological and Mining Engineering (joint-degree programme with the "Université polytechnique de Madrid")2 crédits 


Frédéric Boulvain

Language(s) of instruction

French 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

  • Introduction and weathering
  • Erosion and transport
  • Deposition, granulometry of sediments and sedimentary structures
  • Post-sedimentary evolution
  • Detrital sediments
  • Continental and marine carbonates
  • Bioconstructions
  • Organic sediments, siliceous deposits
  • Phosphorites and iron sediments
  • Evaporites, volcanosedimentary deposits
  • Sedimentary sequences.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To acquire the basics of sedimentology and sedimentary petrology: understanding of sedimentary processes and interpretation of sedimentary rocks.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, I.3 of the MSc in geological and mining engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

General geology.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures (in french) with slides (english), movies and rock samples.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face. Lectures in lecture rooms of buildings B18 or B20.

Recommended or required readings

The slides will be available on My ULg after each lecture.

Lecture notes:

Pétrologie sédimentaire: des roches aux processus. Ellipses, 2022, Paris, 283 pp.

Other reference textbooks:

  • Tucker, M.E., 1991. Sedimentary petrology, Blackwell, 260 pp.
  • Cojan, I. & Renard, M., 1999. Sédimentologie, Dunod, 418 pp.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Oral examination.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


F. Boulvain Pétrologie sédimentaire, Bât. B20, 4000 Liège 1 (Sart Tilman) Tél. : 04/366.22.52 - e-mail : fboulvain@uliege.be Secrétariat : Mme J. Schmetz, Tél. : 04/366.22.51 - e-mail : joelle.schmetz@uliege.be

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