Geology for energy resources
Study-unit Code
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Amalia Spina
  • Amalia Spina
  • 52 ore - Amalia Spina
Course Regulation
Coorte 2023
Learning activities
Discipline geologiche e paleontologiche
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Principles of stratigraphy; Lithostratigraphy; Magnetostratigraphy; Biostratigraphy; Chemostratigraphy; Cronostratigraphy and geochronology; Astronomic cyclostratigraphy; Sequence stratigraphy; Palaeogeographic reconstructions.
Reference texts
Slides and papers distributed during the course.
Text book:
Miall A.D., 1997, The geology of stratigraphic sequences, Springer Verlag. Wilgus et al., 1988. Sea-level changes: an integrated approach. S.E.P.M. Spec. Publ. 42.
Emery D., Myers K., 2009, Sequence Stratigraphy. Wiley ¸
Richard C. Selley (2000)- Applied Sedimentology, Second Edition . Academic press.
Koutsoukos E.A., 2005. Applied stratigraphy. Springer Netherlands.
Miall A. (2016), Stratigraphy a Modern Synthesis. Elsevier.
Educational objectives
The main goal is to provide students to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of stratigraphy, paleobiology, paleoecology, paleobiogeography, biostratigraphy and paleogeography .

The main knowledge and skills that students will acquire are:

- How to read and sort of stratigraphic sequences;

- To interpret the stratigraphic sequences in terms of paleogeographic reconstructions;

- Being able to frame the stratigraphic data in the context sedimentological, tectonic and geodynamic
In order to better comprehend the main topics of integrated stratigraphy, the students that follow this course must have:
- knowledge of the fundamentals of geology;
- knowledge of the sedimentary rocks (classification);
- knowledge of the principle of stratigraphy;
- knowledge of the principle of palaeontology;
- knowledge of the principle of sedimentology;
These preconditions are important for attending and not attending students.
Teaching methods
Theoretical lessons and practical training will be provided, organized as follows:
- Lectures on all the subjects of the courses
- Seminars and working group
- Interdisciplinar field trips at the end of the course
Other information
To integrate the knowledge, the following optional courses are suggested:
- Micropaleontology
- Sedimentary Petrography
Supplementary educational activities:
Periodic assessments, seminars, field trips
Learning verification modality
Written test: it consist of the solution of multiple choice test and graphic /practical exercises. The number of questions ranges between 15 and 30 on the basis of the difficulty.The test has a duration of no more than 80 minutes. The goal of the test is to verify the knowledge acquired on the course contents in order to ensure that the student learned the principles of integrated stratigraphy and its main applications. To complete the evaluation the test also consists on the discussion of a case study proposed by the Professor carried out individually or in small groups (max three students).It consists to discuss the stratigraphic features of a certain geological area and the implications for the subsurface hydrocarbon exploitation.The discussion can take advantage of 10 slides and requiretheoretical insights and clarification of details by the other students and by the board of examiners.The main purpose of this oral test is to assess the cognitive abilities and understanding of the student's ability to apply the acquired skills, aptitude oral exposure and synthesis.
Some assesments during the period of the course could be scheduled.
Extended program
- Principles of stratigraphy
- The time in stratigraphy; geological chronology (relative and absolute) the temporal sequence of events; standard global chronostratigraphical scale. Comparison between the stratigraphic scales in marine and continental successions.
- Stratigraphic units standard (definition and principle): law of superimposition, principle of original horizontality, of lateral continuity and of biotic succession, the Stratigraphic Code.
- The sedimentary cyclicity
- Lithostratigraphy
- Magnetostratigraphy
- Biostratigraphy
- Chemostratigraphy
- Cronostratigraphy and geochronology
- Astronomic cyclostratigraphy
- Sequence stratigraphy
- Palaeogeographic reconstructions.
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