2023-2024 / GEOL0297-1

Diagenesis and dynamics of sedimentary basins


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in geology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Frédéric Boulvain, Anne-Christine Da Silva


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

This specialized course is in two parts:
(1) Sedimentary basin analysis (sequential analyses, sedimentary models, cyclostratigraphy).
(2) carbonate diagenesis (mineralogy and petrology of carbonate minerals, diagenetic sequences). Methods include petrography, cathodoluminescence, isotopic geochemistry.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

(1) Interpretation of a sedimentary bassin, specially in terms of sea-level variations. What are climatic and orbital cycles, how can we interpret them and use them to improve temporal resolution.
(2) Recognition and interpretation of a diagenetic sequence. Use of cathodoluminescence and isotopic geochemistry.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

GEOL0018-1  Sédimentologie et pétrologie sédimentaire

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures with slides. Study of thin sections of carbonate rocks. At the university or online if necessary.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face, distance learning if requested. Lectures and practical work in B18/B20 or online.

Recommended or required readings

The slides will be available on MyUlg after each lecture.
Diagenèse et dynamique des bassins sédimentaires: .pdf file.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Oral or written examination including the description and interpretation of thin sections of carbonate rocks. The examination is classically at the university but could be switched online depending on the sanitary conditions.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


F. Boulvain et A-C. Da Silva Tél.: 02/366.22.52. E-mail: fboulvain@uliege.be, ac.dasilva@uliege.be

Secrétariat: Mme J. Schmetz, Tél. : 04/366.22.51 - e-mail:  joelle.schmetz@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Course of cyclostratigraphy, climatic cycles

Diagenesis part 1

Diagenesis Partie 2
Optical techniques

Diagenesis part 3
Carbon and oxygen isotopes

Diagenesis part 4

Part 5

Part 6
Diagenetic environments

Pyrite - silicification
Pyrite - silicification