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.
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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.
Module 1: Introduction to Plate Tectonics
Plate Tectonics - Learning Outcomes
Difference between Crust and Lithosphere
Structure of the Earth
Compositional and Mechanical Layers of the Earth
How We Know about the Earth's Core
Evidence of Plate Movement
Geological Features of Divergent Plate Boundaries
Geological Features of Convergent Plate Boundaries
Plates Moving Due to Convection in Mantle
Hawaiian Islands Formation
Module 2: Plate Tectonics Assessment
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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