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An introduction to the principles, methods and tools of basin analysis.
2021 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials, field trips and assessments.The aim of this course is to introduce basin analysis and the techniques used to reconstruct depositional, post-depositional, and burial history. The lecture programme will include: basin formation and tectonic setting, subsidence mechanisms, sedimentary responses to tectonic activity, diagenesis and hydrocarbon maturation, and modern examples of basin types drawn from around the world. An introduction to various techniques used in basin analysis will include provenance analysis, petroleum maturation and migration, seismic reflection and sequence stratigraphy.
Learning OutcomesThe course will focus on large-scale basin analysis of both ancient and modern basins. Students successfully completing this course will:Apply their understanding of tectonic settings to sedimentary basinsCalculate rates of subsidence to determine subsidence mechanisms for basinsLearn the basic principles of seismic reflection theory and data acquisitionLearn seismic stratigraphic interpretation and sequence stratigraphyApply petrographic skills to determining burial depth and maturation of organic material to form petroleum and coal Become familiar with a number of case studies in basin analysis and tectonics drawn from the development of New Zealand from 100 Ma to the present.Summary of the Course ContentThe topics coved by this course are:basin types by tectonic settings, structural stylebasin subsidence provenance analysisdiagenesis petroleum and coal systemsseismic reflection theory and practiceseismic and sequence stratigraphy in basin analysis
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
GEOL243 and any 15 points at 200 level from GEOL
Students must attend one activity from each section.
2 lectures per week (50 minutes each) 1 lab per week (2.5 hours each)
In lab exercises (JRP) - 25%In lab exercises (KNB) - 25%Examination and Formal Tests Final examination (2 hour) 50% date TBA during end of year exam period.
Recommended textbook(s): These are on reserve in the library and there will be readings from a variety of texts.• Allen, P.A., and J.R. Allen, 2005: Basin Analysis; Principles and Applications 3rd ed., Blackwell Scientific• Miall, A.D., 2000: Principles of Sedimentary Basin Analysis 3rd ed., Springer-Verlag
Prerequisites: GEOL243 Recommended preparation: GEOL242 and GEOL244
Domestic fee $910.00
International fee $4,438.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.