2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CPHYS 3020 Sediments: The Language of the Earth

This course explores the topics of sedimentology and stratigraphy. Sedimentology deals with the nature and properties of sediment. Stratigraphy focuses on what the "strata", layers of sediment, can tell us about the geological history of the planet. Topics explored in this course include weathering and transport of sediment, deposition, erosion, cementation, and soil failure. Students will begin to "read" the history of the Earth as written by its sediments along with what other planets may have written. This course includes field and significant lab components. A final project/presentation is required. The course is suggested as a follow up or complement to CPHYS 4104.




CPHYS 1104


as needed