Extreme Geological Events

FutureLearn Extreme Geological Events

Platform
FutureLearn
Provider
Cardiff University
Effort
4 hours/week
Length
3 weeks
Language
English
Cost
Free
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
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Overview
Discover how extreme geological events have transformed our planet.
Retrace how Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago and has evolved to become the planet we know today.

On this course, you’ll get an introduction to the geological history of planet Earth, and explore the extreme events that shaped it and created conditions for life.

You’ll learn about the largest floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and explore the impact they have had and will continue to have on our dynamic planet.

Finally, you’ll discuss the likelihood of extreme events happening in the future and how we can deal with the risks and hazards.

This course is designed for anyone interested in the geological history of Earth, but may be of particular interest to students looking to study Earth Science.

What topics will you cover?
  • The formation of the Earth and how the planet became habitable
  • Key historical events that shaped the Earth’s surface
  • Differences between regular and extreme geological activity
  • Natural processes behind the largest floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
  • Risks and hazards presented by extreme geological events
  • Likelihood of extreme geological events occurring in the future
Taught by
Wim Degruyter & Team
Author
FutureLearn
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