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GEO-3112 Sedimentary Processes and Products - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for geovitenskap

Type of course

This course is available as a single course.

Course contents

This course has emphasis on depositional processes and sedimentary products (facies) in various clastic depositional environments. It starts with an introduction to flow dynamics, sediment transport mechanisms and sediment texture, as well as theory on the formation of bedforms and associated sedimentary structures. Next, the course provides an overview of depositional processes and the architecture and spatial distribution of their products in primarily colluvial/alluvial, fluvial, tidal/estuarine, deltaic, littoral/shallow marine, shelf to slope and deep marine environments. Stratigraphic principles, and the application and limitation of generalized and predictive facies models will be discussed.

Lectures, seminars and exercises are combined to give a solid theoretical background for understanding sedimentary architecture in a broad range of depositional systems. Facies analysis of drill cores (from Svalbard) and fieldwork will provide practical experience in collecting, interpreting, and critically assess sedimentological data. Fieldwork will be based on modern and late Quaternary depositional environments in the Tromsø region, where active processes and recent sediments can be compared with analogous sediments exposed in raised sections.

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA::  1 December for the spring semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester.

UiT Students: 1 February for the spring semester.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in geology, or a similar degree following a programme of study of at least three years, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4. In addition, specialization in geology worth the equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits is required. Normally, an average mark of C or better is required at the bachelor's degree level or other program for basis of admission.


Application code: 9371.

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Teaching methods

28 hours of lectures, 22 hours of seminars, 3 days of field course/excursion, 3 days core logging (lab).


3 hours written examination that counts 60 % of the final grade.

A presentation that counts 40 % of the final grade. The presentation can be a written report, a poster, or an oral presentation.

Only the final grade will be reported, based on an average of the grades from the examination parts.

Grading scale: Letter grades A-F, where of F is fail. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Compulsory learning activities

Approval of training in health, safety, and environment prior to the field course and excursion. This includes the use of helmets, high-visibility safety vests etc., and the use of geological equipment (e.g., hammer, spade, scraper, magnifier) in the field.

Approval of training in health, safety, and environment routines in the geology laboratory prior to core logging and other analyses in the laboratory.

Admittance to the exam requires approval of seminar exercises and field course/excursion. Active participation in group work and discussions, field exercises and presentation of results is required in order to obtain this approval.

Date for examination

Take-home exam hand out date 08.06.2022 hand in date 08.06.2022

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.