2017-2018 / GEOL0006-1

Rocks and sedimentary processes


30h Th, 1d FW

Number of credits

 Master in geography : climatology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Frédéric Boulvain

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Introduction and mechanisms of alteration
  • 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
Practical work or fieldtrip will be organized.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

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

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

General geology.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures (in french) with slides (english), movies and rock samples. Practical work on rock samples and thin sections. Optional fieldtrip.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-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, Paris, 259 pp.

Other reference textbooks:

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

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


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