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!
I am very grateful to this course and also to the instructors that share their vast knowledge about geology to students of this course. Thank you
Easy to navigate, easy to understand and very user friendly. It's very engaging and different from typical online academic courses.
Excellent Course for Geoscience students! Lab parts are so challenging and informative. I really enjoy this course. The explanations are clear. The forum parts a bit tiring.
The professors make learning fun and fruitful. This course is interesting and provides great insights into Mother Nature and why we should protect the one and only home we have.
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