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Planet Earth...and You!, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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About this Course

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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12 Reviews

By Zubair Ahmed

Oct 25, 2018

very interesting to me it gives very basic information.

By Pedro Antonio Berrios Molina

Aug 09, 2018

excelente curso

By Kate Savory

Nov 15, 2017

Excellent course! Very informative without being tedious. Clear and concise delivery and illustrations. Would recommend!

By Mariusz K

Oct 11, 2017

Nice entry to geology.

By Hassan Saleh

Sep 20, 2017

Th course is really great and rich and what I rally liked is the practical work on google earth.

By Suzan Hann

Sep 11, 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 Jessica Harker

Sep 07, 2017

Very interesting and interactive course.

By Amber L Brown

Aug 13, 2017

You have to purchase (50 dollars!) the entire course in order to do the quizzes and assignments....that ruined the entire course for me.

By Sebastian Perez-Lopez

Jul 23, 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.

By Robert C Cornell

Jul 10, 2017

Great course, despite the glitches in the links, etc., which seemed to be outdated. i really gained little from the forum.