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Sequence Stratigraphy - MG420P04
Title: Sekvenční stratigrafie
Czech title: Sekvenční stratigrafie
Guaranteed by: Institute of Geology and Paleontology (31-420)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: winter s.:combined
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: 3
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: Czech, English
Note: enabled for web enrollment
the course is taught as cyclical
Guarantor: RNDr. David Uličný, CSc.
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Annotation -
The course is aimed at students of bachelor (2nd year) through doctoral stages interested in broadening their knowledge of sedimentary processes and their expression in basin fills. The course builds on the basic Sedimentary Geology class (MG421P14) which is recommended as a prerequisite. In lectures, experiments, exercises and seminars the course focuses on relationships of sedimentary processes and the resulting stratigraphic record, emphasizing the principles of sequence stratigraphy and its relationships to chemo- and cyclostratigraphy. Sequence stratigraphy is treated as a universal method of study of the geometry of sedimentary bodies and their bounding surfaces, and interpretation of its formative processes and conditions. Exercises are focused on interpretation of stratigraphic record from borehole lithological and geophysical logs, seismic reflection data, and outcrops. Emphasis is on application of first principles of behaviour of depositional systems, rather than on terminological detail. Each student is expected to prepare and present at least one presentation based on assigned reading.
Last update: Opluštil Stanislav, prof. RNDr., Ph.D. (28.10.2019)
Literature -

Nichols, G. (2009) Sedimentology and Stratigraphy. 2nd Ed., Wiley

Catuneanu, O. (2006) Principles of Sequence Stratigraphy. Springer

Other: assigned reading from scientific journals, sections from Sequence Stratigraphy pages at

Last update: Opluštil Stanislav, prof. RNDr., Ph.D. (28.10.2019)
Requirements to the exam -

Written examination, active attendance at lectures and practicals, seminar contribution as assigned.

Last update: Opluštil Stanislav, prof. RNDr., Ph.D. (28.10.2019)
Syllabus -

Overview of origins of stratigraphy as a discipline; birth of sequence stratigraphy – theoretical roots and the role of petroleum industry

Basics of sequence stratigraphy: the base level concept, principal parameters of formation and filling of accommodation

Eustasy as a concept and the real thing. Why sequence stratigraphy is not the same as the “Vail curve”

Geometrical concept of a stratigraphic sequence; practical aspects of sequence subdivisions, differences in response to tectonic regimes

Sequence stratigraphy in shallow-water carbonates

Sequence stratigraphy in continental systems

Cyclostratigraphy – concepts and data; is there a direct link to sequence stratigraphy?

Free topics chosen according to the students’ interests

Last update: Opluštil Stanislav, prof. RNDr., Ph.D. (28.10.2019)
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