Summer 2023 - EASC 101 D200

Dynamic Earth (3)

Class Number: 2697

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SRYC 2995, Surrey



Dynamic Earth offers an introduction to minerals, rocks, geologic resources and processes. Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of geology and is the focus as we learn how the Earth changes over geologic time and results in the formation of volcanoes and mountain belts, faults, folds and earthquakes. Breadth-Science.


This course provides an introduction to planet Earth - how it formed, how it evolved, how it works, and how we can help to preserve it.  Lectures investigate geologic theory, while laboratory sessions focus on "hands on" exercises emphasizing minerals and rocks, Earth structure and processes.

Course Topics May Include:

  1. The Layered Earth and Plate Tectonic Theory
  2. Earth Materials (Minerals, Rocks, Sediments, Economic Resources) and the relationship between Earth Materials and Plate Tectonics (Volcanoes, Rock Cycle)
  3. Earth's Interior and Geologic Processes (Mountain Building, Earthquakes)
  4. Geologic Time and Earth History
  5. Environments and Surface Processes (Mass Wasting, Surface Water, Glaciers, Groundwater, Deserts)
  6. Coastlines and Marine Geology
  7. Canadian Geology

Course Organization: One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour lab per week.  Lab attendance is mandatory. 


Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the layered Earth.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of plate tectonic theory.
  • Understand our local plate tectonic setting, volcanism and seismic risk /hazard.
  • Identify minerals and rocks in hand specimen based upon their diagnostic properties (minerals), and composition / texture (rocks).
  • Understand the concept of geologic time and the placement of major geologic events in Earth history.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with geologic cross-sections and maps.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about geologic processes.


  • Lab Participation and Completion 5%
  • Pre-Lab Quizzes 5%
  • Lab Test 1 15%
  • Lab Test 2 15%
  • Mid-Term Theory Test 30%
  • Final Theory Test 30%



A pencil and eraser are required for the lab. Other materials are supplied. Students are welcome to bring their own pencil crayons and protractors for labs in the second half of the term.


Course E-Text: (or physical copy)

“Introduction to Physical Geology, Canadian Edition”; Fletcher, C., Gibson, D., Ansdell, K. 2013; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; ISBN 978-1-118-71889-6

ISBN: 978-1-118-71889-6


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