EOSC 311 · The Earth and its Resources

An introduction to the Earth with emphasis on its industrial and aesthetic resources. Rocks, minerals, gold, diamonds, sediments, fossils, oil and gas, canyons, and volcanoes and the processes that create them. Not for credit in the Faculties of Science and Applied Science. No background in Science or Mathematics is required. [3-0-0] Prerequisite: Second-year standing.

Course Availability & Schedule

 Non-specialist course


Vancouver, City on the Edge by Johnn Clague & Bob Turner

Lecture Topics

Week Topic
1 Introduction - Resources & the Earth in Space
2 Earth’s Materials - Elements, Minerals & Rocks
3 Geologic Time - 4.5 Billion Years of Earth History
4 Plate Tectonics - A Unifying Theory
5 Earthquakes and the Earth’s Interior
6 Volcanoes, Magma and Igneous Rocks
7 Erosion, Canyons, Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks
8 Mountain-building, Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
9 Energy: Fossil Fuels, Gas Hydrates, Nuclear, Alternative
10 Metals and Gemstones
11 Water: From the Continents to the Oceans
12 Climate Change: Deserts, Glaciers, Global Change
13 Geology and Resources of the Solar System