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Dynamic Earth: Understanding Plate Tectonics

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Dynamic Earth: Understanding Plate Tectonics
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  • The past one hundred years has seen a revolution in how we understand the structure of the earth and the geological processes that shape it. In this free online course you will be introduced to the structure of the earth including features such as the crust, the mantle and the core. You will learn about plate tectonics and how continental and oceanic plates move, and what happens at divergent plate boundaries and convergent plate boundaries. You will go back in time and learn about a supercontinent called Pangaea that existed over 200 million years ago, and how the Hawaiian Islands were formed more recently. This course will be of great interest to all learners would like a greater knowledge and understanding of the structure of the earth and the geological processes that formed today's continents and oceans.

  • Having completed this course the learner will be able to:

    - Describe the earth's outer and inner structure
    - Describe what happens at divergent plate boundaries
    - Describe what happens at convergent plate boundaries
    - Explain how plates move due to convection in the mantle
    - Explain how the Hawaiian islands were formed

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