Dynamics of Sedimentary Basins


Provide basic training for the characterization of the major mechanisms involved in formation, subsidence, and filling of sedimentary basins and also to develop a solid understanding of the major structural, tectonic (including convergent, divergent, and strike-slip domains), and geophysical processes that produce sedimentary basins. Importance for the research of natural resources.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Carlos Ribeiro Kullberg


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 51

Teaching language



Some basic formation on the disciplines of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Structural Geology.


Allen, P. A. & Allen, J. R. (2004) - Basin Analysis. Principles and Applications. Wiley-Blackwell, 2nd ed., 560 p.
Busby, C. J. & Ingersoll, R. V. (eds.) - Tectonics of sedimentary basins. Blackwell Sci., Inc. Cambridge, 579 p.
Einsele, G. (1992) - Sedimentary basins. Evolution, facies and sediment budget. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 628 p.
Mial, A. D. (2000) - Principles of sedimentary Basin Analysis. Springer-Verlag, 3rd ed., Berlin, 628 p.
Wangen, M. (2010) - Physical Principles of Sedimentary Basin Analysis. Cambridge Univ. Press, 527 p.
List of papers, accessible through the b-on platform, to be given by the teacher..

Teaching method

The teaching, supported in the use of multimedia projections and e-learning methods
(use of the Moodle program) will include theoretical and practical lessons. In practical

classes students will make the interpretation of geological maps including selected
geological profiles.
The practical assessment will have a continuous component by the presentation of
reports related to each map they interpreted, as well as the evaluation of the field books
made during the field trips. Concerning the theoretical component, each student will
make an oral presentation of a selected theme developed by consulting books and
journals of the specialty and a final exam.

Evaluation method

Teoretical-Practical examen (50%) + monography and respective oral presentation upon thematics distributed by the teacher and choosed by each student (50%)

Subject matter

1. Basic concepts for the analysis of sedimentary basins.
2. Interplay between basin analysis and different thematic areas of Earth Sciences.
3. The Wilson Cycle. The formation and evolution of sedimentary basins related to different models of build-up and evolution of the continental margins.
4. Classification and analysis of sedimentary basins in the framework of plate tectonics. Evolution of sedimentary environments and the sedimentary record in different tectonic contexts.
5. Syn-sedimentary and post-depositional deformation structures as markers of inner or outer basin dinamics.
6. Paleogeographic, paleotectonic and paleoclimatic reconstructions; criteria and methods.
7. Basin characteristics for traps and reservoirs and for exploitation of economic resources or the selection of wasting sites.
Drawing of simplified paleogeographic maps based on geological mapping in sedimentary contexts. Field trips in areas of different tectonic contexts.


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