This laboratory manual would not have been possible were it not for the work of Steven Earle, whose open textbook “Physical Geology – 2nd Edition” was the basis for this adaptation. Steven is thanked tremendously for his contribution to open educational resources in the geosciences in Western Canada. I thank Geological Technician Candace Toner for her assistance in organizing samples and materials from the Mount Royal University collection, and for her support. Thanks also to the Mount Royal University Library staff, particularly Cari Merkley for her excellent guidance and devotion to this project, and also to Subject Librarian Brian Jackson. Matt Laidlow is thanked for designing the cover of this manual. I also thank Michelle Brailey at Open Education Alberta for her support.

About the Author

Siobhan McGoldrick earned a MSc in geology from the University of Victoria following the completion of a BSc with First Class Honours in geology from Dalhousie University. She has worked with territorial and federal government geological surveys, as well as in the mining industry. Siobhan taught a wide range of geology courses at Yukon University and Mount Royal University before accepting her current position as a Senior Laboratory Instructor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria.


This book project was supported by Mount Royal University Library in partnership with the University of Alberta through the Open Education Alberta project.

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