Sean Willett: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017

Name Prof. Dr. Sean Willett
Geologisches Institut
ETH Zürich, NO E 33
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 69 51
DepartmentEarth Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

402-0620-00LCurrent Topics in Accelerator Mass Spectrometry and Their Applications0 credits1SM. Christl, S. Willett
AbstractThe seminar is aimed at all students who, during their studies, are confronted with age determination methods based on long-living radionuclides found in nature. Basic methodology, the latest developments, and special examples from a wide range of applications will be discussed.
651-3001-00LDynamic Earth I6 credits4V + 2UG. Bernasconi-Green, E. Kissling, O. Bachmann, T. Kraft, M. Lupker, M. Schönbächler, S. Willett
AbstractProvides a basic introduction into Earth Sciences, emphasizing different rock-types and the geological rock-cycle, as well as introduction into geophysics and plate tectonic theory.
ObjectiveUnderstanding basic geological and geophysical processes
ContentOverview of the Earth as a system, with emphasis on plate tectonic theory and the geological rock-cycle. Provides a basic introduction to crystals and minerals and different rock-types. Lectures include processes in the Earth's interior, physics of the earth, planetology, introduction to magmatic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Excercises are conducted in small groups to provide more in depth understanding of concepts and content of the lectures.
Lecture noteswerden abgegeben.
LiteratureGrotzinger, J., Jordan, T.H., Press, F., Siever, R., 2007, Understanding Earth, W.H. Freeman & Co., New York, 5th Ed.
Press, F. Siever, R., Grotzinger, J. & Jordon, T.H., 2008, Allgemeine Geologie. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, 5.Auflage.
Prerequisites / NoticeExercises and short excursions in small groups (10-15 students) will be lead by student assistants. Specific topics in earth sciences will be discussed using examples and case studies. Hand samples of the major rock types will be described and interpreted. Short excursions in the region of Zurich will permit direct experience with earth science processes (e.g. earth surface processes) and recognition of earth science problems and solutions relevant for modern society (e.g. building materials, water resources). Working in small groups will allow for discussion and examination of actual earth science themes.
651-4231-00LBasin Analysis3 credits2GS. Willett, T. I. Eglinton, M. Lupker
AbstractThe course discusses the formation and development of different basin types as part of lithosphere geodynamics. It introduces conceptual models and governing physics, with practical application to the study of basin evolution. Techniques for the analysis of subsidence and thermal history are demonstrated. Organic matter, petroleum play, and their biogeochemical investigation are examined.
ObjectiveBased on the introductory education and practical training during this course, each participant should be able to choose and apply approaches and techniques to own problems of basin analysis, and should be versed to expand their knowledge independently.

In particular, each participant should:

- Develop an intuitive understanding for origin, dynamics, and temporal evolution of basins in a geological / geodynamic context;

- Acquire the necessary theoretical foundation to describe basin evolution quantitatively;

- Be familiar with geological and geophysical methods that are applied to obtain information about rock properties, structural geometry, and thermal and subsidence history of basins;

- Understand the burial and maturation of organic matter in basins, the development of petroleum play, and be acquainted with geochemical methods to study the evolution of biogenic carbon.
ContentThe following topics are covered:

- Introduction; classification schemes and types of basins; heat conduction; geotherms;

- The lithosphere; isostasy; rifts and basins due to lithospheric stretching; uniform extension model; modifications to the uniform stretching model; dynamics of rifting.

- Elasticity of the lithosphere; flexural compensation; geometry and analytical description of loads and the resulting deflection; foreland basins; their anatomy;

- Reconstruction of basin evolution; borehole data; porosity loss and decompaction; backstripping; subsidence curves; thermal history and its reconstruction;

- Petroleum play concept; organic production; source rock prediction and depositional environment; petroleum generation, expulsion, migration, alteration; reservoir and traps;

- Carbon cycle; maturation of organic matter; geochemistry of biogenic carbon; biomarkers; analytical techniques

- Overview of other basin types: effects of mantle dynamics, strike-slip basins.

Each week of the course is split in lectures and corresponding practicals, in which the concepts are applied to simplified problems.

Grading of the semester performance is based on submitted practicals (50%) and a final exam (50%). The exam will take place in the time slot of the last practical (18.12.).
Lecture notesLecture notes are provided online during the course. They summarize the current subjects week by week, and provide the essential theoretical background.
LiteratureMain reference :

Allen, P.A., and Allen, J.R., 2013. Basin Analysis - Principles and Application to petroleum play assessment
3rd edition, 619 pp. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK.
ISBN 978-0-470-67376-8

Recommended, but not required (available in library).

Turcotte, D.L., and Schubert, S., 2002. Geodynamics.
2nd edition, 456 pp. Cambridge University Press.
ISBN 0-521-66624-4.

Peters, K.E., Walters, C.C., Moldowan, J.M., 2005. The biomarker guide (volume 2).
2nd edition, Cambridge University Press.
ISBN 0-521-83762-6.
Prerequisites / NoticeFamiliarity with MATLAB is advantageous, but not required.