Fall 2018 - EASC 309 D100

Global Tectonics (3)

Class Number: 1016

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    RCB 6101, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2018
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 5008, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Brendan Dyck
    1 778 782-5389
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7233
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 201, 204, 205, 206 and 207. All with a grade of C- or better.



The study of motion and deformation of the earth's crust and upper mantle at a regional and global scale. A detailed examination of plate tectonic theory: plate boundary types, mechanics of plate movements, basin formation and mountain building. Case studies of major orogenic belts of the world highlighting regional structural deformation processes in response to tectonic stresses. Students are required to attend a weekend field trip during this course. Students with credit for EASC 407 prior to fall 1998 may not take this course for further credit.


General: The Plate Tectonics paradigm is the fundamental basis for all aspects of our current understanding of the Earth Sciences. We will examine the fundamentals of plate tectonics, mechanics of plate motions, characteristics of major plate boundaries, neotectonics, formation of orogenic belts, tectonic controls on major sedimentary basins, tectonic controls on the formation and location of all major economic deposits (metal, hydrocarbon and industrial), the evolution of tectonic processes over time, tectonic controls on climate change and the evolution of life, and many other aspects of how plate tectonics drives our world and how the planet drives plate tectonics. Student seminars will provide in depth information on specific topics. Labs will include simple exercises in plate motions, paleomagnetics, structural geology, as well as other techniques used to study tectonic systems.


  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Laboratory Exercises/Assignments 15%
  • Lab Final 20%
  • Final Exam 40%



"Global Tectonics"; Kearey, P., Klepeis, K.A. and Vine, F.J.; 3rd Edition 2008; Blackwell Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4051-0777-8


Geological Dictionary

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