Sedimentology and Stratigraphy: Spring 2014
Kent State University Department of Geology

                      Description: Imnaha Canyon, Eastern Oregon


Catalog Numbers:

Undergrad Geol 44070 (Sections 1&2)
Graduate   Geol 54070 (Sections 1&2)


Undergrad Section 1: 13549
                    Section 2: 13550
   Section 1:  13557

                   Section 2:  13558

(Sections 1&2
combined )

MW 9:15 – 10:30 am
McGilvrey Hall 234
(Unless otherwise noted)


Section 1: T: 11:00 - 12:40 pm
Section 2: T: 2:15 - 3:55 pm

McGilvrey 116 (Unless otherwise noted)


Dr. Joseph D. Ortiz

Graduate TAs:

Mr. Kevin Engle
Mr. Chenjian “Bruce” Fu


McGilvrey Hall Room 334/336


Engle: McGilvrey 208

Fu: McGilvrey 137







Dept. of Geology
McGilvrey 221


Dept. of Geology
McGilvrey 221


TA Office Hours:

Engle: Wed. 10-2 pm; Fri 10-12 pm
Fu: Wed. and Thurs. 12:30 - 3:30 pm

Office Hours

M: 1:30-2:15 pm;
W: 10:00-12:00 am,
R: 1:30-3:30 pm;
F: 10:30-12:00; or by appointment.

Geology Tutoring Lab
McGilvrey Hall
Room 303

(Begins third week of term)



  • Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, (Fifth Edition), by Sam Boggs, Jr., Prentice Hall, 2012,   
         ISBN-13 978-0-321-64318-6.
         (Note: You may find a third or fourth edition of the text, but there are considerable differences as described here.)
  • Handouts and selected readings as assigned during the term.

Course Rationale and Learning Outcomes: The record of Earth's history is writ large in its sedimentary strata. Unraveling the contents of this great book requires specific geological skills and a considerable amount of detective work. Students in this upper level course will be introduced to the systematics of sedimentary rocks and the processes by which they form, erode, and are transformed by early diagenesis. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the underlying principles of sedimentation and their controls on various temporal and spatial scales. A variety of environments will be studied so that the results of these processes can be recognized in the field. In addition to classical approaches, special note will be made of new techniques used in high-resolution sedimentological research, particularly non-invasive sediment logging methods (e.g. Diffuse Spectral Reflectance) and geochemical stratigraphy (e.g. δ18O of biogenic calcite). These techniques are employed by the instructor as part of his active research. Lectures will be integrated with weekly labs and at least two required field trips.

Topics to be covered:
•    Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks – genesis, types, distribution, and alteration
•    Siliciclastic versus biogenic sedimentation
•    Clastic transport and fluid flow
•    Lithostratigraphy and facies relationships
•    Sedimentary environments: Terrestrial, coastal, marine
•    Geochronology and Chronostratigraphy
•    High resolution stratigraphic methods (e.g. core and well logging, chemostratigraphy)
•    Sequence Stratigraphy

Prerequisites and Suggested Courses: Earth Materials II (GEOL 31070), and Invertebrate Paleontology (GEOL 34061), or permission of the instructor. Completion of Geomorphology (GEO32066) before enrolling in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy is highly encouraged. Students are also expected to be familiar with Excel spreadsheet functions and quantitative analysis of data using cell formulas. Training in the use of Excel is provided Scientific Methods in Geology (GEOL 42035),through the Geology tutoring lab (see above) or the KSU library 60-minute seminar series. While this class provides excellent preparation Geology Summer Field Camp (GEOL 4/5092), many students complete Field Camp prior to talking Sedimentology and Stratigraphy due to various scheduling constraints.

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