Environmental Geology

Envi­ron­men­tal Geol­o­gy is the study of the earth­’s envi­ron­ment from a geo­log­ic per­spec­tive. It explores the effect of humankind’s activ­i­ties on the sur­face envi­ron­ment. The earth­’s under­ly­ing for­ma­tions impact much of what humankind does. Sur­fi­cial and sub­sur­face geo­log­ic for­ma­tions effect our water use, water and sub­sur­face pol­lu­tion, and waste dis­pos­al options. This course will intro­duce you to the geo­log­ic for­ma­tions in Alber­ta and how those for­ma­tions present envi­ron­men­tal prob­lems and opportunities.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify basic geological terms and concepts.
  • Distinguish various geological depositional environments.
  • Describe the types of geological resources in Alberta.
  • Recognize geological data types and tools.
  • Identify information sources.
  • Understand the influence of geology on environmental concerns, including ground-water availability and contamination, rock/earth stability, and erosion.
  • Discuss how the relatively recent geological history has influenced environmental geology in Alberta.
  • Identify potential future environmental concerns in Alberta.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Required textbook: Edmonton Beneath Our Feet : A guide to the geology of the Edmonton region, by John D. Godfrey (ISBN: 9780969710707)
  • Mandatory field work: long pants and good grip boots with good ankle support are essential. Rubber boots are useful but not necessary. Wear wheather-appropriate clothing, sun block, work gloves, and high-visibility clothing (safety vest, reflective stripes, or blaze orange/yellow outer layer)
  • Students are responsible for their transportation to the field trip sites; carpooling options may be available.
  • Post-course work (assignments or exams) may be required.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

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