Sedimentary Structures and Processes at Passive Margins
MSc-1 Sedimentary Structures and Processes at Passive Margins (Schwenk, 30%)
The central content of this course is the transport and deposition of sediment particles on passive margins with respect to external and internal forces, thereby integrating sedimentological, geophysical and actuo-paleontological results. In particular, a variety of gravity-driven mass flows and their deposits as slides, debrites and turbidites are discussed, especially in the environment of submarine canyons and submarine fans. Additionally, the impact of bottom currents on sedimentation and the resulting contouritic deposition are explained. Case studies (including sediment cores) will be analyzed in terms of evolutionary models and a processed-based understanding.