402-major1 - Major 1 GY 402: Sedimentary Petrology Grain...

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Major 1 GY 402: Sedimentary Petrology Grain Size Group Project: Advise and Guidelines The Project: In Geology, we strive to teach you not only practical techniques, but also interpretation skills. In this, the first of the major projects in Sedimentary Petrology, you will have an opportunity to think as well as learning one of the major sedimentological techniques. It is a group project, so you are also going to learn how to work with others. Step one of this project is the development of the question (or if you wish, proposing an hypothesis). Try to select a topic that you are interested and a question that can be resolved via grain size analysis. During our cross park trek, I will try to suggest a few ideas. If one sounds interesting to you, see if one or more* of your colleagues are also interested in that topic. The come and see me and I'll try to help you to develop it. You will write up the hypothesis as part of a separate writing assignment. Step two of the project involves collecting the samples. It is necessary to limit you to 5 samples per person in the group (a team of 2 will collect 10 samples) in order to reduce the time involved in lab work. The type of sampling is rather diverse. Grab sampling, soft sediment piston coring and hand augering are all possible. You will be given individual guidance for sample collection. Step three is the lab work. Read the manual before you start processing your samples. This is tedious, but simple work and you will receive "training" once you are ready to go. Step four is data interpretation. I have no idea what your sediment samples will be, nor what your grain size distributions will show, but there is always something worth discussing in these projects. Once you finish your grain size analysis, enter your raw data into the Excel spreadsheet that you will get from the class website. Do not screw around with any of the pages of the spreadsheet with the exception of the first one. Print off the data pages and show them to me before you do anything else. You may have to tweak the data before you print off the histograms and ternary plot. Step five is the write-up. This is where the (W) component of the course comes in and where you make (or break) your grade. The write up will consist of the following sections: Title Page Abstract (1/2 page) Table of Contents (1 page) Introduction (1/2 page) Methodology (1 to 1 ½ pages) Results (1 page; includes a summary table) Discussion (2+ pages) Conclusions (1 page) Appendices (your excel data sheets, ternary plot and histograms) A partnership of 2 people is ideal for this exercise but I will permit up to 4 people per group. I’m just going to expect more from a group of 3 or 4 than I will of a group of 2.
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