• The 2015 application round for the Master's course in 'Global Studies - A European Perspective' and the Erasmus Mundus grant will open on January 15th, 2015.

    This Master's course is an interdisciplinary, research-based programme offered by a Consortium of five European universities:

    *Leipzig University (Germany),

    *London School of Economics and Political Science (UK),

    *Roskilde University (Denmark),

    *University of Vienna (Austria),

    *and University of Wroclaw (Poland)

  • It is our pleasure to invite colleagues from other institutions to the 5th INTERNATIONAL STAFF TRAINING WEEK, which will take place in Wroclaw from 20th to 24th  April 2015.

Sedimentary processes, environments and basins (SPEB)

Dr. Jurand Wojewoda & Dr. Stanisław Burliga
Number of hours: 
3h X 13 weeks = 39 hours (1 semester)
Number of hours: 
3h X 7 weeks = 21 hours (1 semester)

eligibility to describe, analyse and interpret sedimentary rock complexes, their
genesis and evolution.


examination – end of the lecture (June); repeat-examination in September
practical excercises – continuous evaluation


physical geology, stratigraphy


1. Recognition of sediments and sedimentary processes (lecture: 13 hours; exercise: 3 hours)

  • sediments: basic definitions and methodology, facies, physical aspects of sedimentary processes: basic definitions of hydraulics, grain transport and primary sedimentary textures and structures (grain orientation and gradation, bedding), mass transport and secondary textures and structures (exercise 1)
  • diagenesis: compaction, lithification

2. Sedimentary environments and sediment architecture (lecture: 13 hours; exercise: 9 hours)

  • facies association: Walther’s law, (sub)environment, depositional systems – continental, transitional, marine; paleoslope: paleoflow and palaeotransport (exercise 2)
  • facies succession: permanent, cyclic and stochastic processes, events, environment evolution, migration of depositional systems (exercise 3: facial maps)
  • 3-D sediment architecture: sedimentary surfaces (erosional, depositional) hierarchy of sedimentary surfaces, boundaries, sequence stratigraphy, deposition rate, cyclicity (exercise 4)

3. Sedimentary basins (lecture: 13 hours; exercise: 9 hours)

  • sedimentary basin: basic definitions and classification (boundaries, geotectonic regime – fundamental Earth’s architecture, stress and strain in lithosphere, lithosphere plates and basins, tensional regime of basin formation and evolution; tectonic controls on basin evolution, rock salt and ground water play
  •  basin architecture: 2d & 3D methods (seismic profiles, sections and tomography) (exercise 5 & 6)
  • ancient basins: basin inversion, examples of ancient basins
  • recent basin live: DEM, neotectonics, facies and structural analysis (exercise 7)