Details of ES1101 (Autumn 2019)

Level: 1 Type: Theory Credits: 3.0

Course CodeCourse NameInstructor(s)
ES1101 Earth and Planetary Sciences Somnath Dasgupta

The Earth System and its components and interactions- introductory remarks
The Solar System, Origin and differentiation of the Earth
Origin cosmic abundance and classification of elements, evidence from meteorites
Exploring the interior of the earth, seismology
Physics and Chemistry of minerals
Continental drift, sea floor spreading to Plate Tectonics
Plate boundaries and manifestations of plate motions (deformation) in rocks
Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary processes of rock formation
Weathering and erosion
Natural resources
Concept of Geologic time (relative and absolute scale)
Nature of the fossil record and its contribution in deciphering history of deep time
Major events in Earths history showcasing interactive nature of various surficial processes (Early development of life and oxygen revolution, Cambrian explosion, K-Pg extinction).
Earth sciences and society, the human impact on Earths environment.
Sustenance of Life and resources

Text Books:
1. Press, F and Siever, R. Understanding Earth (5th ed.), W.H. Freeman and company.
2. Fowler C.M.R. The Solid Earth, second edition, CUP.
3. Edward J. Tarbuck & Frederick K. Lutgens Earth: An introduction to Physical Geology (9th ed.), Pearson Prentice Hall.
4. J. I. Lunine. Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World, second edition, CUP.
5. Stanley, S. M. Earth System History (3rd ed), W.H. Freeman and company.

Course Credit Options

Sl. No.ProgrammeSemester NoCourse Choice
1 IP 1 Not Allowed
2 IP 3 Not Allowed
3 IP 5 Not Allowed
4 MR 1 Not Allowed
5 MR 3 Not Allowed
6 MS 1 Core
7 RS 1 Not Allowed
8 RS 2 Not Allowed