GEOS4403 Introduction to Basin Analysis

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit provides an introduction to sedimentary basins and the geological and geophysical methods and datasets used to interpret basin history in terms of key depositional and post-depositional processes (e.g. burial and deformation). Unit topics include the key concepts in sedimentology, stratigraphy and biostratigraphy, an introduction to paleo-environmental analysis and sequence stratigraphy, seismic acquisition and processing and interpretation of seismic and well log data. The unit emphasises the integration of geoscientific datasets as undertaken in basin research and as applied to understanding the formation of basin-hosted resources such as groundwater, petroleum and mineral deposits.
Students are able to (1) understand important concepts and geological processes that control the formation of sedimentary basins and 3D stratigraphic patterns in basin fills; (2) demonstrate practical skills in the interpretation of simple geoscientific data; and (3) demonstrate skills in the integration of geological and geophysical techniques relevant to interpreting basin history and resource exploration.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) progressive assessment through practical exercises and (2) theory examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Moyra Wilson
Contact hours
workshops: up to 4 hours per week
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