Deciphering stages of Earths history in the sand of the Alentejo beaches

Overview

The aim of the course is to enable students to develop concepts about the processes of formation of siliciclastic (sedimentary rocks made of grains), such as sand and sandstone, and what kind of information they can provide about stages of Earths history, and particularly, about their origin, i.e. what source rocks from which they derived (provenance). The syllabus contents will be transmitted in theoretical classes (3h-Basic concepts of evolution of siliciclastic rocks, sediment recycling and provenance analysis), practical classes (11h- sedimentology laboratory techniques, sedimentary petrography, U-Pb zircon geochronology) and on a field trip (12h- study in the field of different types of beach sand and sandstone, magmatic and metamorphic rocks of the sea-cliffs of the Alentejo coast, Sines region (June, 27th 2019), to discuss: i) the current processes of sedimentary dynamics, coastal erosion and sediment transport, and ii) the geological record preserved in the older rocks from the sea-cliffs and whether are being recycled. In this course will be available for use in practical classes and field trip, materials and scientific data that were recently published in ISI journals (Geomorphology/Sedimentology/Sedimentary Geology).

Coordinator and trainer(s)

Cristina Gama (coordinator), is Assistant Professor of the Department of Geosciences and researcher of the Institute of Earth Sciences of the University of Évora.
Manuel Francisco Pereira is Associate Professor with Habilitation of the Department of Geosciences and researcher of the Institute of Earth Sciences of the University of Évora.

Manuel Francisco Pereira, is Associate Professor with Habilitation of the Department of Geosciences and researcher of the Institute of Earth Sciences of the University of Évora.

The two trainers are responsible for curricular units in the areas of Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Field Geology, where they also develop research mainly focused on the sedimentary provenance of siliciclastic rocks (sedimentar petrography, U-Pb zircon geochronology, total rock geochemistry and isotopic chemistry).

Responsible Unit | Department of Geoscienses | Institute for Advanced Studies and Research - IIFA | Institute of Earth Sciences of the University of Évora - ICT

Who can apply

Undergraduate and graduate students.

Maximum number of students

20 students

Course Requirements

Command of the English language

Basic knowledge on Geology

Fee

30€ (including - student insurance and study trip)
Options:
• One meal included (lunch) - 41€
• Two meals included (lunch and diner): 52€
• Meals and acommodation included: 90€

Credits

Official Certificate of Participation.

Contacts

Cristina Gama (cgama@uevora.pt)


• Full calendar here

  • When: 26 to 28 of June
  • Duration: 28hours | 3 days
  • Language: English
  • Venue: Colégio Espírito Santo - Room 106
  • Registration Deadline: June 14
  • 30€
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