*E-PSCI 10. A Brief History of Earth


  • Professor: Jerry X. Mitrovica, Rebecca Fischer
  • Term: Fall
  • Days: M, W
  • Time: 3:00-4:15PM
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Course ID: 203888
  • Subject Area: Earth and Planetary Sciences

This is an introduction to Earth and Planetary science for EPS concentrators and an overview, for those outside the field, of the critical events and processes that have shaped the Earth's evolution and its place in the solar system. The course is designed to highlight the processes, from tectonic plate to microbial scale, that drive the Earth's response to (internal and external) perturbations and we will explore both the time scale of those perturbations and the limits of the Earth's resilience. By considering the full sweep of geological time, from the early Earth to the modern world, the course will take advantage of a series of natural experiments to compare the Earth system during periods with and without atmospheric oxygen, animals, land plants and polar ice sheets, and to compare it, on occasion, with other terrestrial planets.

Notes: Students must be able to join one of the lab sections ([TBD]) in order to enroll in the class. Students who wish to enroll in the class but cannot make the listed class times (due to their local time zone only, not due to scheduling conflicts with other courses) will be eligible for a lecture summary tutorial with Profs. Mitrovica and/or Fischer once a week at time suitable for everyone unable to make the regular course time - to be determined once students enroll. This course includes a mandatory lab component.