Carbonate Rocks: Spring 2010
Kent State University Department of Geology
Catalog Numbers:
Masters Geol 63067
Doctoral  Geol 73067
Call Numbers

Masters: 11000

TR, 9:15-10:30 pm, Room 339 McGilvrey Hall

Dr. Joseph D. Ortiz
Office: McGilvrey Room 334/336 Web: About the Instructor
Dept. of Geology
McGilvrey 221
Office Hours

T:       10:30-11:30 am

W:      12:50- 3:30 pm
or by appointment.


  • Tucker, M.E., Wright, V.P., Carbonate Sedimentology,  Blackwell Science, 482 p. 1990, ISBN 0-632-01472-5.

  • Schlager, W., Carbonate Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy, SEPM Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology, #8, 200 p. 2005, ISBN 1-56576-115-2.

    Handouts and selected readings as assigned during the term.

Course Rationale and Objectives:
Carbonates represent one of the most important classes of sedimentary rocks. They are important as records of biogenic evolution, particularly in marine settings; serve as reservoirs for oil, gas, and water, and are critical in the biogeochemical cycling of the Earth system. We will explore carbonates on the micro-, meso-, and megascopic scales to evaluate their role in the sedimentary record through time. Students will learn how to identify carbonate rocks and their constituent components, characteristics of ancient and modern carbonate depositional environments, and how to evaluate carbonate deposits in the context of a sequence stratigraphic framework placing emphasis on forcing and response.

Topics to be covered: (see syllabus)

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