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This course introduces the principles and disciplines of stratigraphy which include lithostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, and seismic stratigraphy. This course also serves two other purposes. One is to bridge the undergraduate course "Sedimentary Geology" by teaching the marine sedimentary environments. The other purpose is to teach how to extract stratigraphic and structural information from reflection seismic data. People who are interested in how sedimentary basins are formed and evolved and the tectonics in lithospheric and crustal scale are advised to take the course "Basin Analysis".

Couse outline

1. Introduction

2. Lithostratigraphy

3. Magnetostratigraphy

4. Biostratigraphy

5. Chronostratigraphy and Geologic Time

6. Marginal-Marine Environments

7. Siliclastic Marine Environments

8. Carbonate and Evaporite Environments

9. Sequence Stratigraphy

10. Seismic Stratigraphy

11. Seismic Expression of Structural Style



1. Bally, A. W. (eds.)., 1983. Seismic Expression of Structural Styles: A Picture and Work Atlas. AAPG Studies in Geology, 15. (Volumes 1 to 3)

2. Bally, A. W. (ed.). 1987. Atlas of Seismic Stratigraphy. AAPG Studies in Geology, 27. (Volumes 1 to 3)

3. Boggs, S., 2006. Principle of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4th ed.), Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 662 p.

4. Catuneanu, O. (2006) Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy . Elsevier, 375 pp.

5. Coe, A. L., 2003. The Sedimentary Record of Sea-Level Change. Cambridge University Press, 287pp.

6. Shaw, J. H., Connors, C., Suppe, J., 2005. Seismic Interpretation of Contractional Fault-Related Folds. AAPG Studies in Geology, 53, 156 pp.



Midterm exam 40 %
Final exam 40 %
Homework 20 %