GEO4140 – Environmental stratigraphy

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Course content

Environmental stratigraphy deals with the use of microfossils and associated sedimentological and geochemical data in dated sediment cores to interpret environmental change, whether naturally or human induced. Examples from marine and freshwater systems illustrate how quantitative relationships between microfossil- and geochemical data can provide information about biological reference conditions, even in previously non-monitored areas. The complementary nature of the methods used allows a broad understanding of environmental changes in aquatic environments (e.g., pollution, eutrophication, climatic change). Students will work on a small project to interpret the environmental history of their “own” sediment core!

Learning outcome

You will learn how complementary information from microfossil and geochemical data can be used to define biological reference conditions and document possible changes in marine and fresh water environments through time.


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2 hours of lectures/seminars and 4 hours of practicals per week. Four obligatory, short lab reports and one oral presentation has to be done (and approved) before the final home exam.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching- and exam form of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.

To attend the lectures it is required that the following courses must be taken before the first lecture:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503, HMS0504 and HMS0505 when you attend the first lecture.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Home exam which counts 100%. Four obligatory, short lab reports and one oral presentation must be approved before the home exam can be evaluated.

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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The course title was titled Environmental micropaleontology until spring 2010.

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