ERTH 1010 T - Our Dynamic Planet Earth

Origin of the Earth, concepts of geological time, and exploration of the interaction and duration of geological processes that shape the surface to deep interior of our planet, the climate, and formation of rocks and earth resources. Precludes additional credit for ERTH 1001 (no longer offered) and ERTH 1006. Prerequisite(s): a 4U/M level in Advanced Functions and at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences or Physics are recommended. This course is for students who are not enrolled in the Faculty of Science.

Nearly everything that we do is connected in some way to the physical Earth - its lands, oceans, atmosphere, plants and animals. The materials used for our homes and offices, the clothes that we wear, our sources of energy, our drinking water, the air that we breathe, and the food that we eat, are all in some way derived from our planet. The earth sciences offer an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to understanding Earth, and apply knowledge from biology, chemistry, physics, ecology and mathematics to tackle complex issues.

This course will provide you with a broad overview of the Earth system, giving you a clear view of how the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere all interact. We will discuss the origin of the solar system, the Earth and moon, and how meteorites retain a record of the composition of the early Earth and planets; the Earth as a layered planet; geologic time and radiometric dating of rocks and minerals; minerals and how they form; the theories of continental drift, seafloor spreading and plate tectonics, or "Why our Planet is Mobile"; rocks, including the major igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock types; the physical properties of the Earth, including magnetism, gravity and heat flow; earth resources, including water, metals, and energy, their extent and limitations, and potential resources of the future; and finally the geology of Canada.

CRN for section T: 32364

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 32365

Instructor: Geoffrey Pignotta

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