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Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 6-8 hours/week...

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Orientation

8 readings, 1 quiz
8 readings
Welcome to Planet Earth...and You!10m
Syllabus15m
Google Earth Instructions30m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media5m
About the Discussion Forums15m
How Graded Discussions Work10m
Discussion Rubric10m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz15m
8 hours to complete

Week 1: Earthquakes!

18 videos (Total 115 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
18 videos
1.A.2 Generation of Earthquake Vibrations5m
1.A.3 Introduction to Faults4m
1.A.4 Types of Faults5m
1.A.5 Earthquake Waves6m
1.B.1 The Intensity and Magnitude of Earthquakes6m
1.B.2 Seismometers4m
1.B.3 Interpreting Seismograms and Earthquake Magnitude4m
1.B.4 Comparing Earthquakes5m
1.C.1 Damage Due to Ground Shaking5m
1.C.2 Other Consequences of Earthquakes7m
1.C.3 Tsunamis8m
1.D.1 The First Step in Predicting Earthquakes: Recognizing Where They Occur6m
1.D.2 Earthquake Recurrence Interval7m
1.D.3 Interpreting The Recurrence Interval4m
1.D.4 Efforts to Prevent Earthquake Devastation5m
1.D.5 Mitigating Earthquake Damage7m
Week 1 Lab: Triangulation Lab 13m
1 reading
Week 1 Overview10m
3 practice exercises
Week 1 Quiz1h
Week 1 Assignment1h
Week 1 Lab1h 30m
Week
2
9 hours to complete

Week 2: Plate Tectonics

17 videos (Total 128 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
17 videos
2.A.2 Alfred Wegener & Continental Drift5m
2.A.3 Evidence for Continental Drift6m
2.A.4 New Discoveries Leading to Plate Tectonics: Seafloor Bathymetry10m
2.A.5 New Discoveries Leading to Plate Tectonics: Apparent Polar-Wander Paths7m
2.A.6 New Discoveries Leading to Plate Tectonics: Evidence for Seafloor Spreading11m
2.B.1 Discovering Plate Tectonics4m
2.B.2 Earth's Internal Layers and the Concept of a Plate7m
2.B.3 Three Types of Plate Boundaries: Divergent Plate Boundary6m
2.B.4 Three Types of Plate Boundaries: Convergent Plate Boundary6m
2.B.5 Three Types of Plate Boundaries: Transform Plate Boundary5m
2.B.6 Continental Rifts and Continental Collisions5m
2.B.7 Intraplate Earthquakes6m
2.B.8 The Velocity of Plate Motion7m
2.B.9 Plate Driving Mechanisms7m
Week 2 Lab: Plate Tectonics! Lab Part 111m
Week 2 Lab: Plate Tectonics! Lab Part 214m
1 reading
Week 2 Overview10m
3 practice exercises
Week 2 Quiz1h
Week 2 Assignment1h
Week 2 Lab1h
Week
3
8 hours to complete

Week 3: Volcanoes!

23 videos (Total 149 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
23 videos
3.A.2 Where Does Molten Rock Come From?5m
3.A.3 How Does Rock Melt?6m
3.A.4 Forming Molten Rock; a Magma Composition5m
3.A.5 Volcanoes Associated with Subduction5m
3.A.6 Melting at Rifts and Mid-Ocean Ridges6m
3.A.7 Melting at Hot Spots7m
3.B.1 Introduction to Igneous Rocks6m
3.B.2 What Are Igneous Rocks Composed Of?5m
3.B.3 When Molten Rock Solidifies7m
3.C.1 Types of Volcanic Eruptions6m
3.C.2 Magma and Lava with Gas6m
3.C.3 Eruption Materials6m
3.C.4 Pyroclastic Debris4m
3.C.5 Three Different Volcano Shapes5m
3.C.6 Eruption Styles and Case Studies4m
3.C.7 Case Studies of Volcanic Explosions: Pompeii, Present-Day Italy9m
3.C.8 Super Volcanoes in the Geologic Record7m
3.D.1 Volcanic Hazards, Part 15m
3.D.2 Volcanic Hazards, Part 28m
3.E.1 Predicting Volcanic Eruptions7m
3.E.2 Dealing with Volcanic Hazards6m
Week 3 Lab: Volcanoes! Lab Introduction 8m
1 reading
Week 3 Overview10m
3 practice exercises
Week 3 Quiz1h
Week 3 Assignment1h
Week 3 Lab1h 30m
Week
4
10 hours to complete

Week 4: Rocks and Mineral Resources

19 videos (Total 141 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
19 videos
4.A.2 Origin of Earth Materials5m
4.A.3 Defining Minerals7m
4.A.4 Clues for Identifying Minerals8m
4.B.1 Introducing Classes of Rocks5m
4.B.2 The Nature of Igneous Rocks9m
4.B.3 Different Types of Sedimentary Rocks4m
4.B.4 Formation of Clastic Sedimentary Rocks6m
4.B.5 Primary Sedimentary Structures and Sedimentary Basins6m
4.B.6 Carbonate Sedimentary Rocks6m
4.C.1 How Rocks Can Change11m
4.C.2 Metamorphic Rocks Part 18m
4.C.3 Metamorphic Rocks Part 27m
4.C.4 The Rock Cycle3m
4.D.1 The Practical Uses of Rocks8m
4.D.2 The Nature of Metal Ore Deposits9m
4.D.3 Global Steel Usage5m
4.E.1 Non-Metallic Minerals – Concrete and Crushed Rock10m
4.E.2 Other Non-Metallic Resources – Brick, Gypsum, Dimension Stone9m
1 reading
Week 4 Overview10m
3 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz1h
Week 4 Assignment1h
Week 4 Lab1h 30m
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Top reviews from Planet Earth...and You!

By SHSep 11th 2017

This is the second time that I took this course. It was more in depth in topics than the original course, and I enjoyed it. Good presentation. Thank you.

By SPJul 23rd 2017

Very good information - I loved the Google Earth Labs you guys set up for us. Really useful and a fun way to connect knowledge with real life.

Instructors

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Dr. Stephen Marshak

Professor and Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment
Department of Geology
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Dr. Eileen Herrstrom

Lecturer
Geology

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