|| EA21510 |
|| OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE GEOLOGY |
|| 2003/2004 |
|| Professor Alex Maltman |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Dr Charles Bendall, Dr Robert J Whittington |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 30 Hours Up to 10 x 3 hours |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Written examination, with the title of the essay on the ODP component, worth 25%, announced in advance.||100%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours ||100%|
On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of :-
methods by which the sea floor is investigated
the types of sediment which occur from a delta to the deep ocean floor
the processes which control ocean sedimentation
the relationships between tectonics and the ocean basins
the types of minerals and other resources of the ocean
An introduction to Oceanography. The methods and techniques used in marine geological investigations and the processes and products of marine sedimentation.
Topics to be addressed:
An introduction to Oceanography
Overview of oceanography. Open University Video
Techniques in Marine Geology
Marine Navigation; GPS. Research Vessels
Seabed and subseabed sampling; dredge and core sampling; divers; ROVs; submersibles; boreholes.
Satellite bathymetry. Single beam echo sounding. Swath bathymetry
Side Scan Sonar; basic physics of method; distortions; shelf surveying; GLORIA and TOBI surveying of the deep ocean.
Seismic reflection; basic physics of methods; analogue single channel reflection profiles; multi-channel digital reflection profiles.
The Ocean Drilling Programme (ODP)
Marine and laboratory techniques; evolution and range of the project; case studies on convergent plate margins.
Continental Shelves, Ocean basins, Tectonics and Sedimentation
Plate tectonics and the oceans; climate, waves, tides and ocean currents. Shallow marine siliciclastic sedimentation. Shallow marine carbonate sedimtation. Deep water sedimentation, turbidites and oozes.
Video linked into separate lecture courses above.
Waves Open University Video
Currents Open University Video
Oceans and Climate Open University Video
Global Sea Level Open University Video
The Ocean Floor Open University Video
Rockall Open University Video
Jamaica and the Sea Open University Video
Polar Science Open University and other videos
Marine Minerals Other videos
Deep Marine Life Other videos
The scope and range of Oceanography. The variety of methods and techniques used in the investigation of the marine geological environment. The processes and products of marine sedimentation from continental shelves to the deep oceans including biological and bacterial influences.
** Recommended Text
Kershaw, S. (2000) Oceanography: An Earth Science Perspective
Stanley Thornes Publishing 07487 54423
** Supplementary Text
(1991) Waves, Tides and Shallow Water processes.
Open University. 008036371-7
The Ocean Basins: Their Structure and Evolution.
Open University. 008036365-2
Summerhayes, G.P. and Thorpe, S.A. (eds) (1996) Oceanography : An illustrated guide.
Manson Publishing. 1-874545-37-5
** Consult For Futher Information
Proposed European contribution to ocean drilling is summarised at:- http://www.jeodi.org
Latest information on the ODP is at:- http://www-odp.tamu.edu/
Logging aspects are covered at:- http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/BRG/ODP
Future ocean drilling plans are outlined at:- http://www.iodp.org
This module is at CQFW Level 5