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These links and readings are provided to support the Sedimentology module at the University of Derby, and are in addition to the classes, and the course and practical notes available from the University of Derby web site. Topics are not necessarily given in exactly the same order as in the course.

Textbook references are to:

TUCKER, M.E. 2001. Sedimentary Petrology: an introduction to the origin of sedimentary rocks. 3rd edition. Blackwell Scientific Publications.


Sediment transport and sedimentary structures


Bedforms and sedimentary structures

Reading reading
  • Tucker, chapter 2, section 2.3; chapter 3, section 3.2

Online lectures, tutorials & reading

Lectures and Tutorials


Erosional structures

Depositional structures - currents

Depositional structures - wind


Depositional structures - waves


Post-depositional structures

[Image credits: BSRG - British Sedimentological Research Group photo archive ]

Video, audio

Video, Audio

Watch all of these movies, and make notes on how the various bedform types develop.

  • From initiation of motion to antidunes: videos of the unidirectional flow bedform progression (St Antony Falls Lab, University of Minnesota) (19 minutes)
  • Current ripples and dunes: watch the movies (large files)
  • Current ripples (including climbing ripples):watch the movie
  • Climbing ripples or dunes: movie
  • Climbing ripples and graded bedding: movie
  • Upper flow regime plane beds with sediment movement: movie [starts at 0m:38s]
  • Antidunes: movie
  • Wave ripples: movie


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This page is maintained by Roger Suthren. Last updated 22 November, 2021 17:56