Palynology 3

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Course Code: 
PGP 3101
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 3
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

This course deals with pollen and spores of modern plants that are used as references for the identification of the fossilized ones using the shape and structures of pollen grains and spores.  The course covers taxonomy, application of fossil pollen in dating sediments, assessment of maturity and quality of source rocks and the use of pollen/spores in tracing the origin of oil/petroleum is emphasized.  

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Use of fossil pollen in dating rock strata.
  • Describe the structures, textures, shapes of pollen grains and spores.
  • Identify using an optical microscope the different pollen grains/spores of modern and ancient plants.
  • Describe the types of rock strata and the environment of deposition necessary for pollen preservation.
  • Explain how fossil pollen provides a record of past environment and ecology.
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