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Dynamic Earth: Understanding Plate Tectonics

Gain a better understanding of the structure of the earth including features like the crust, the mantle, and the core.

Geography
Free Course
This free online Geography course will teach you about Plate Tectonics. In this course you will learn about the structure of the earth and its geological features such as the crust, mantle, and core. You will also learn about the earth's plate tectonics, how continental and oceanic plates move, what happens at divergent plate boundaries and convergent plate boundaries, and go back in time to learn about a supercontinent called Pangaea.
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Publisher

    Khan Academy

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Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

The past one hundred years have seen a revolution in how we understand the structure of the earth and the geological processes that shape it. This course will begin with a discussion of the earth's outer and inner structure. You will study the difference between crust and lithosphere and the compositional and mechanical layers of the earth. You will also learn how we came to know about the earth's core.

You will then look into interesting evidence of plate movement. This course will discuss the geological features of divergent and convergent plate boundaries as well as the movement of plates due to convection in the mantle. You will delve into the formation if the Hawaiian islands as well as the Pangaea which is a hypothetical supercontinent believed to have been in existence before the continents broke apart during the Triassic and Jurassic Periods.

Upon the completion of this course, you will have a good understanding of the earth's outer and inner structure and what happens at divergent plate boundaries and convergent plate boundaries. You will also gain better insight into how plates move due to convection in the mantle, and a whole lot more! Sign up for this course and take a look at the structure of the earth and the geological processes that formed today's continents and oceans. 

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Learning Outcomes

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

Certification

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