Earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, ice ages, landslides, floods, life evolution, plate motions—all of these phenomena have interacted over the vast expanses of deep time to sculpt the dynamic planet that we live on today. Planet Earth presents an overview of several aspects of our home, from a geological perspective. We begin with earthquakes—what they are, what causes them, what effects they have, and what we can do about them. We will emphasize that plate tectonics—the grand unifying theory of geology—explains how the map of our planet's surface has changed radically over geologic time, and why present-day geologic activity—including a variety of devastating natural disasters such as earthquakes—occur where they do. We consider volcanoes, types of eruptions, and typical rocks found there. Finally, we will delve into the processes that produce the energy and mineral resources that modern society depends on, to help understand the context of the environment and sustainability challenges that we will face in the future.
Planet Earth...and You!University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Week 1: Earthquakes!
Week 2: Plate Tectonics
Week 3: Volcanoes!
Week 4: Rocks and Mineral Resources
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TOP REVIEWS FROM PLANET EARTH...AND YOU!
Best course I have taken out of all the courses. It is presented really well, easy to understand and there is a lot of thought put in the creation of the materials and assignments
A great course! It is easy to follow and complete it. Good for students who are interested in geology but have no prior knowledge about it.
Excellent course! Very informative without being tedious. Clear and concise delivery and illustrations. Would recommend!
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.
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