Spring 2018 - EASC 403 D100

Quaternary Geology (3)

Class Number: 1933

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    TASC2 8500, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2018
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 5018, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Nicholas Roberts
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7211
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 201, EASC 209W or GEOG 213, and EASC 308. All with a grade of C- or better.



Stratigraphy and history of the Quaternary Period with emphasis on glaciation, glacial sediments, and landforms. The course includes several 1-day trips and at least one 3-day trip.


General: This course is intended for senior undergraduate students and graduate students who possess a general background in geology and also have some training in related science disciplines such as geography and biology. The course provides an in-depth examination of Quaternary geology (i.e., the geology of the past 2.6 million years). Topics include Quaternary processes and sediments, stratigraphy, geomorphology, surficial geology, and Quaternary geochronology. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of (1) the recent geologic record in space and time, (2) important natural process that have shaped the landscape during the Quaternary and (3) Quaternary sediments and landforms. Principles and concepts are illustrated with examples from Western Canada and the adjacent northwestern U.S. The course has a strong field emphasis within the constraints imposed by winter weather.

Course Organization: There will be a 2-hour lecture each Friday. I may also lecture in at least a portion of the lab period. On many Fridays, however, field trips will replace the lecture. DO NOT schedule any other courses on Friday. In addition to Friday field trips, we will have a 3-day excursion to the Channeled Scablands in central Washington in March or the beginning of April.


  • Term Paper 20%
  • Midterm Exam #1 15%
  • Midterm Exam #2 25%
  • Final Exam 35%
  • Class Participation 5%


**You should budget $100.00 for all field trip expenses, As we will be in the field a minimum of 8 days in late winter/early spring, be prepared for cool wet weather. You will need a backpack, field boots, a camera, and standard items including a field notebook, pen, and pencils.

Be aware that during the field trip there will be periods of strenuous hiking, hiking close to cliffs and crossing roads with busy traffic. Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn. Further details regarding safety, food, housing and field supplies will be discussed prior to the field trip



Assigned readings: A collection of research papers will be distributed during the class. The articles provide information on the Quaternary geology of British Columbia; some articles are pertinent to the field trips.


Glacial Geology; Ice Sheets and Landforms. 2nd edition Bennett, M.R. & Glasser, N.F. 2010. John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 978-0-470-51691-1

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