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Planet Earth...and You!

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 8-10 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

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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.

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Stephen Marshak

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2.0 3 years ago
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I thought the course syllabus looked okay when I registered - nothing too special but I was looking forward to rigorous and up-to-date information delivered by specialists. The videos were informative but a little dry. I was most disappointed by the lack of quality control regarding the first assignment on this course. We were asked to take readings from seismographs to determine the location and magnitude of an earthquake. The scales were not only very imprecise but the 'right' answers for many of the questions were completely wrong. There have been long discussions on the student forum, many…
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Great learning experience. High quality material and presentation. Ignore the noise about the first lab. Lab use using Google Earth was very innovative for an online course.
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