2023-2024 / GEOL0018-1

Sedimentology and sedimantary petrology


30h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geology5 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

Survey of the different families of sedimentary rocks and their constituents, with emphasis on the reconstruction of sedimentary environments.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To be able to describe and interpret sedimentary rocks and their depositional environment.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

GEOL0203-2 Processus sédimentaires

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Oral presentations with slides and video. Practical work is based on thin section examination with polarizing microscope. Different sedimentary rocks are described and interpreted.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

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

Textbook :

Practical work : Identification microscopique des principaux constituants des roches sédimentaires https://www.geolsed.uliege.be/upload/docs/application/pdf/2023-02/tp_petro.pdf

Other textbooks for practical work :

  • Adams, A.E. & MacKenzie, W.S., 1998. A colour atlas of carbonate sediments and rocks under the microscope, Manson Publishing, 180 pp.
  • Adams, A.E. & MacKenzie, W.S. & Guilford, C., 1994. Atlas des roches sédimentaires, Masson, 104 pp.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

The oral examination starts with the description and interpretation of 4 thin sections followed by questions about sedimentary rocks and sedimentary environments.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


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

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Sedimentary petrology
Introduction to sedimentology and sedimentary petrology.