67098 - Quartenary Geology

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, the students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in Quaternary Geology for a critical analysis of outcropping and buried Quaternary successions. Specifically, students will be able to:

- plan and develop an integrated bio-sedimentary approach aimed at the description and interpretation of Quaternary successions;

- reconstruct the sedimentary and environmental dynamics of both natural and human-dominated depositional systems during the Quaternary period;

- identify and evaluate the main controlling factors influencing the depositional architecture and evolution of Quaternary successions.

Course contents

The Quaternary period: stratigraphic subdivision; dating methods for Quaternary deposits; Quaternary isotope stratigraphy, climate variability and sea-level changes; Milankovitch and sub-Milankovitch cycles; high-frequency climate and sea-level changes during the present interglacial period (proxy data and current state of knowledge); basic concepts on depositional environments and facies; depositional architecture of Quaternary successions and relationships with climate and sea-level changes at Milankovitch and sub-Milankovitch scales; allogenic and autogenic forcing factors controlling the depositional architecture; Anthropocene and mid-late Holocene successions as depositional archives of the human impact; geological maps of Quaternary deposits.


The bibliographic material will be provided during the course.

Teaching methods

Lectures, field work.

Assessment methods

Written test and oral test. The written test, in case of a positive result, will be valid for one year. The written test (time: 2 hours) consists of (i) questions about the course contents and (ii) facies and sequence stratigraphic interpretation of logs and/or sections. The oral test consists of one question on the exercises done during the written test and 1-2 questions about the course contents. The final mark will be calculated on the basis of the written test (70%) and the oral test (30%).

Teaching tools

LCD projector.

Office hours

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