12.117A Field Geobiology I
Examines basic biological processes that operate in sediments. Lectures cover biological, physical and chemical processes that influence the formation and stabilization of sediments, including biomineralization, weathering, erosion, the formation of sedimentary structures and interactions with sediments, flow, and the cycles of nutrients. Lab covers analytical methods used to examine microbial processes, bioinformatic methods used to analyze microbial communities, and techniques used to analyze sediment grain sizes and chemistry. Readings and discussions provide preparation for the 12.117B field trip to a modern sedimentary environment. Enables students to interpret processes in modern sedimentary environments, reconstruct similar processes in the rock record, collect appropriate samples in the field, and analyze microbiological data. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.
This class has 12.007 as a prerequisite.
12.117A will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by T. Bosak.
Lecture occurs 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 54-517.
This class counts for a total of 6 credits.
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