ERTH 1011 T - Evolution of the Earth

Earth's changing patterns of continent and ocean basin distribution related to plate tectonics; resulting change in global sea level, sedimentation, paleoclimates and life on Earth. Precludes additional credit for GEOL 1008 (no longer offered) and ERTH 1009. Prerequisite(s): a 4U/M level in Advanced Functions and at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences or Physics are recommended; ERTH 1010 is normally taken prior to this course. This course is for students who are not enrolled in the Faculty of Science.

In this course, we will explore the components of the Earth system - the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere and biosphere - and their mutual interactions. We will also look at the evolution of the Earth as seen through the lens of the geological record, from Archean to Anthropocene, including the evolution of life. Finally, we will look at the future of the Earth system and the perspective from other planets.

CRN for section T: 20874

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 21234

Instructor: Matthew Trenkler

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