Microbe-mineral interactions through time; Origins of banded iron formations; Ancient paleo-redox conditions on Earth; Neoproterozoic glaciations and animal evolution.
MSc or PhD projects are available that combine lab-based experiments focusing on the partitioning of trace metals to iron oxides, silicates and carbonates with the chemical analyses of Precambrian banded iron formations, cherts and carbonates, respectively, in order to ascertain the composition of the ancient oceans and marine biosphere
A non-laboratory introduction to the origin and evolution of the Earth and the solar system. Introduction to plate tectonics and the rock cycle. Simple energy balances and interactions between radiation and the atmosphere, land, oceans, ice masses, and the global hydrological cycle. Evolution of life, biogeography, and global climate in the context of geologic time. The carbon cycle. Human interactions with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources. This course may not be taken for credit if credit has been obtained in EAS 100 or 210. (Note: EAS 201 and EAS 200 are considered to be equivalent to EAS 100 for prerequisite purposes). [Faculty of Science]
Processes and geological evidence of natural catastrophes, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, slope failures, tsunamis, floods, extraterrestrial impacts, and other rapid environmental changes. Natural hazard risk in the context of geological time. Prerequisite: Any 100-level Science course. [Faculty of Science]
The relationship between biology and geology. Ichnology, geomicrobiology, and microfossil content. The evolution of animal-rock relationships through time. Topics vary: see www.eas.ualberta.ca/eas460 for details. May be taken more than once for credit provided no topic is repeated. Topics include: (1) Ichnology; (2) Geomicrobiology; (3) Micropaleontology. Prerequisite: EAS 336. [Faculty of Science]
The relationship between biology and geology. Ichnology, geomicrobiology, and microfossil content. The evolution of animal-rock relationships through time. Topics vary: see www.eas.ualberta.ca/eas560 for details. May be taken more than once for credit provided no topic in EAS 460 or 560 is repeated. Topics Include: (2) Ichnology; (2) Geomicrobiology; (3) Micropaleontology. Classes concurrent with EAS 460. [Faculty of Science]