GEOL 5342. MICROFOSSILS AND CARBONATE ROCKS. 3 Hours.
Half of this course consists of an introduction to microfossil groups occurring in sedimentary rocks: foraminifers, conodonts, coccolithophorids and others, and their usefulness in regional and global correlation of Phanerozoic strata. The biostratigraphy of these groups will be discussed along with the principles used in the correlation of sedimentary rocks. The other half of the course consists of the analysis of the lithofacies and biofacies of carbonate rocks, their genesis, depositional environments, and diagenesis. Prerequisite: GEOL 3441 and GEOL 3442 or permission of the instructor.