EAS 100 – Planet Earth Fall 2018
Dr. Daniel S. Alessi
ofﬁce hours: 9:50-10:50 on Wednesday and Friday; or, by appointment
ofﬁce hours: 9:00-10:00 on Tuesday; or, by appointment
Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00-9:50 (CCIS 1-440)
Laboratory: Sections D01-D14 meet weekly on the L1 level of CCIS; be sure to conﬁrm the
time of the section in which you are enrolled
★ 3 (ﬁ 6) (either term, 3-0-3) 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
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 interaction with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources. Not available to
students with credit in EAS 101, 102 or 201 or SCI 100 (Note: Students with credit in EAS 201
may take EAS 200). [Faculty of Science]
EAS 100 is an introductory course that focuses on the interlinked processes that formed and
continue to shape the planet on which we live. After a general introduction, the course covers
major systems that includes the geosphere (solid Earth), the hydrosphere (solid, liquid, and
gaseous water), the atmosphere (composition, weather, and climate), and the biosphere
(evolution of life, elemental cycling, impacts of humans). The primary objective of the course is
to give students a broad, integrated knowledge of Earth systems science, and a foundation for
those who will continue on as Earth Science majors.
Required course textbook: Skinner and Murck, The Blue Planet, 3rd Edition, ISBN:
978-0471236436. The hardcover, loose leaf, or eBook versions of the text are acceptable;
copies available in the University of Alberta bookstore.
Required laboratory materials: Students must purchase a laboratory kit and a Fall 2018 edition
laboratory manual from the University bookstore. In addition, bring notepaper, pens, pencils, an
eraser, a metric ruler and a protractor to all laboratory sections.
eClass: eClass will be used periodically for communication between instructor, laboratory
coordinator, TAs and students. Lectures will primarily be given as slide presentations, and will
be posted on eClass in Adobe pdf format. Note that although the lecture slides will be posted,
attendance is highly recommended, as a signiﬁcant fraction of the material may not appear on
these slides. In addition, basic course information, supporting documentation for the course, and
review questions for the laboratory examination will appear on the course eClass website.
Approximate Lecture Schedule
The following schedule is intended to provide a general guide to how the course lectures will
progress. Besides the midterm and ﬁnal examination dates, exact dates of the lectures are
subject to change.