Sedimentology Group

Department of Geology and Geophysics
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
University of Minnesota
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Invitation to Sedimentary Geology


"The sediments are a sort of epic poem of the Earth."
- Rachel Carson

Unfortunately, this poem is written in a language we don't understand. Its author is, of course, the Earth herself, through a suite of processes both familiar and mysterious: river floods, coastal storms, earthquakes, land slides, and so on. The fundamental goal of our research program is to help decipher this greatest of all epics. Because the processes that create strata occur all around us, we can easily see and study them; because they leave a permanent record only in particular areas and over very long time scales, we must learn to think about the familiar in new ways.


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