Spring 2020 - EASC 107 J100

Economic Geological Resources (3)

Class Number: 1436

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    HCC 2540, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Kevin Cameron
    1 778 782-4703
    Office: TASC 2 Room 7530.2



An overview of Earth's major economic resources. Topics will include geologic processes which produce significant natural resources including metals, hydrocarbons and other energy resources, industrial minerals, and groundwater. Emphasis will be placed on relations between earth sciences and aspects of economics, business, history, politics, and environmental issues. Much of the focus will be on the changing nature of resource exploration and extraction, and how this may evolve in the near to distant future. Students may not use EASC 107 for credit towards Earth Sciences major or minor program requirements. Breadth-Science.


An overview of the Earth's major economic geological resources intended for non-Earth Sciences majors or minors. Background on major Earth processes which produce significant natural resources including metallic deposits, hydrocarbon and other types of energy, industrial mineral and groundwater resources. Much of the focus will be on the changing nature of how these resources have been found and exploited through history and how this may evolve (or not) in the near and distant future.

Course Topics:
1. Introduction and the origins of resources
- Minerals: Society’s foundations
- Resource uses
- Consequences of increasing population
2. Understanding Earth Processes
- Plate Tectonics
- Resource formation
3. Conventional energy resources
4. Non-conventional energy resources
5. Metallic resources
- How metal deposits form and how we use them
6. Industrial Resources
- Non metallic minerals and mineral resources
- gemstones, fertilizers, foods, medicines, chemical additives, building materials
- Water
7. The Future of Earth's Resources
- Challenges meeting resource needs
- Resource alternatives and solutions

Course Organization: One 3 hour lecture per week.


  • Two “mid-term” in-class tests. Final exam scheduled by Registrar’s office.


This course cannot be used by EASC majors or minors for credit towards EASC required or optional courses, or as optional Science course requirements.  

Absence from class can make learning the course material challenging and thus missing classes may result in missed material and poorer grades. The Professor and/or any Teaching Assistant(s) are unable to provide individual tutoring for students who miss class.



“Equipment” for note taking (Pen and paper or laptop or tablet, etc.)


Earth Resources and the Environment, J.R. Craig, D.J. Vaughan, and B.J. Skinner, 4th Edition, 2011. Prentice-Hall Publications
ISBN: 978-0-32-167-6481

Registrar Notes:

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