Sedimentary basins are formed in a variety of geologic settings. Basins formed in a particular tectonic context (compressive, extensional or strike-slip) share certain characteristics. Knowing the regional tectonics, we can make useful predictions about the sedimentary fill of a basin. Conversely, for ancient basins, if we understand the basin fill, we can make useful statements about the ancient tectonic setting. Basins are created and filled by coupled processes that cause subsidence and generate and deliver sediment to the basin. Even while it accumulates, the sedimentary fill is modified by compaction as well as the transport of heat and reactive fluids through the rock matrix. To read the basin fill as a record of tectonic and sedimentary events, it is necessary to understand how these processes create the sedimentary record in each basin. This course will cover these processes and their interactions, as understood from various observational datasets (sedimentary and geophysical), as well as the quantitative forward and inverse models commonly used to extract or constrain basin history.
Bernard Coakley has been a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute since 2002. He earned his PhD in geology at Columbia University, carried out post doctoral research at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and served as an assistant professor at Tulane University before moving to Alaska. Coakley specializes in geophysics and seismology and has a particular interest in Arctic Basin tectonics. He has extensive experience in collecting geophysical data from the Arctic Ocean in a variety of vessels, and has made six trips to the North Pole.
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