W4937 - Cenozoic Paleoceanography  

he International Ocean Discovery Proram (IODP) vessel D/V Resolution


This course introduces the physical and chemical processes which govern how and where ocean sediments accumulate as well as reviews the major climate and oceanic events in the last 100 million years of Earth's history.

Major topics addressed are: modes of biogenic, terrigenous, and authigenic sedimentation, depositional environments, pore fluids and sediment geochemistry, diagenesis, sea level history, long-term biogeochemical cycle of C, major events in Cenozoic paleoceanography, and sediment stratigraphic principles and methods.

The last half of the course applies these principles to the interpretation of the sedimentary record of Cenozoic ocean and climate changes.



Profs. Peter deMenocal, Maureen Raymo

Course format: Lectures are Tuesday & Thursday 10:10-11:25 pm. Two labs will provide students hands-on experience with sediment analyses and methods. We host an in-class review journal called "Earth History Reviews" where students are invited by the instructors to write short papers on topics of interest. These are then sent out for anonymous 'review' to 2-3 student-peers before final revisions and submission.

The course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate environmental science majors and concentrators. There are no prerequistes but an introductory Earth science course and general chemistry and/or physics is helpful. This course is designed to compliment Paleoceanography (W4920; McManus, Hönisch).

Labs: Two labs will provide students hands-on experience with sediment analyses and methods. The labs will be conducted at Lamont at times TBD. For those of you at Columbia you can take the Lamont shuttle bus leaving Columbia every hour on the hour (118th and Amsterdam).

Course credit: 3 points.

Course grading: 30% Term project, 25% Final exam, 20% Mid-term Exam, 10% Homeworks, 10% Labs, 5% Class participation.

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Schermerhorn 603: 10:10-11:25 PM


Updated: January 10, 2017 9:47 AM