- Course Description
X429s allows students to build upon concepts learned earlier in the course and take advantage of exceptional exposures of Mississippian carbonates in the field station area to complete a comprehensive sedimentological analysis of Mississippian carbonates.
Students will construct a detailed measured section that is used as a framework for integrating sedimentological, geochemical, petrographic, and paleontological data. These datasets will be the basis for detailed facies and sequence stratigraphic analysis, to understand changes in depositional environments and relative sea-level. The techniques and skills developed here will provide students with a fuller understanding of the interplay between tectonics, eustasy, climate, and sedimentation.