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Exploring Planet Earth - Its Systems and Resources

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Exploring Planet Earth - Its Systems and Resources
  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • Planet Earth is unique in the Solar System as it has just the right systems and resources to give rise to life. This free online course will review the systems and resources found on Earth such as the flow of energy around the planet, the cycling of matter, the geology of the planet, the Earth's atmosphere and biosphere, groundwater and surface water, and mineral, soil and biological resources. The course reviews the impact humans are having on these systems and resources and will look at air, soil and water pollutants, and how humans manage the land. This course will be of great interest to professionals working in areas related to the environmental sciences or earth sciences, to all teachers of geography and science, and to students who are thinking of a career in the environmental sciences or earth sciences. It should also be of interest to anyone who simply wants to understand better our physical place in the universe which is constantly evolving around us.

  • In this course you will:
    - Review the flow of energy and cycling of matter, including the water cycle and Earth's biogeochemical systems;
    - Learn about how the Earth was formed by geological processes such as plate tectonics
    - Review about features of the Earth's atmosphere and ocean currents;
    - Learn about organisms and biomes that make up the Earth's biosphere;
    - Learn about groundwater and surface water and the hydrological cycle;
    - Learn about Earth's meineral resources and how they are mined for extraction
    - Learn about soil types, soil characteristics and soil conservation;
    - Learn about all aspects of pollution and its effects on wildlife
    - Learn about different ways land is used such as residential uses, wilderness uses and recreational uses

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Modules List( 11 )
  • EXPLORING PLANET EARTH - ITS SYSTEMS AND RESOURCE...
  • Module 1: The Flow of Energy and Cycling of Matter
    • Energy Sources and Sinks
    • Forms of Energy
    • Conservation of Energy and Energy Units
    • Earth's Biogeochemical Systems
    • The Water Cycle
    • The Carbon Cycle
    • The Nitrogen Cycle
    • The Phosphorous Cycle
  • Module 2: The Soild Earth
    • Earth's Formation and Structure
    • Geologic Time Scale
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Volcanoes
    • Earthquakes
    • Rocks and the Rock Cycle
    • Soil Formation
  • Module 3: The Earth's Atmosphere
    • Atmospheric Structure
    • Atmosphere - Wind
    • Atmosphere - Weather
    • Ocean Currents
    • Climate
  • Module 4: The Earth's Biosphere
    • The Biosphere
    • Organisms
    • Populations and Communities
    • Ecosystems
    • Biomes
  • Module 5: Groundwater and Surface Water
    • Introduction to the Hydrological Cycle
    • Evaporation, Transpiration and Condensation
    • Air circulation, Precipitation and Infiltration
    • Surface Run-off and Percolation
    • Water Infiltration
    • The Water Table
    • Groundwater Movement
    • Porosity and Permeability
    • Aquifers and Water Storage
    • Types of Aquifers
    • Reservoirs
    • Environmental Effects of Reservoir Construction
  • Module 6: Mineral Resources
    • Introduction to Minerals
    • Economic Value of Minerals
    • Mineral Deposits
    • Types of Mining
    • Refining Minerals
  • Module 7: Soil Resources
    • Soil Profile
    • Soil Characteristics
    • Soil Fertility and pH
    • Soil Degradation
    • Soil Conservation
  • Module 8: Biological Resources
    • Introduction to Biological Resources
    • Biological Resources - Natural Areas
    • Biological Resources - Genetic Diversity
    • Biological Resources - Food
    • Types of Agriculture
    • Biological Resources - Fisheries
  • Module 9: Air, Soil and Water Pollutants
    • Air Pollution
    • Water Pollution
    • Soil Pollution
    • Point Source and Non-Point Source Pollution
    • Pollution Effects on Wildlife
    • Waste Disposal Methods - Landfills
    • Waste Disposal Methods - Incineration
    • Effects of Pollution on Human Health
    • Measuring Pollution
  • Module 10: Managing Land Use
    • Residential and Commercial Land Use
    • Agricultural Land Use
    • Forest Land Use
    • Recreational Land Use
    • Wilderness Land Use
  • COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 11: End of Course Assessment
    • The Earth Assessment
Topics List ( 8 )
Module 1: The Flow of Energy and Cycling of Matter
In this module you will learn about the flow of energy and cycling of matter, including the water cycle and Earth's biogeochemical systems.
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 2: The Soild Earth
In this module you will learn about how the Earth was formed by geological processes such as plate tectonics.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 3: The Earth's Atmosphere
In this module you will learn about features of the Earth's atmosphere and ocean currents.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 4: The Earth's Biosphere
In this module you will learn about you will learn about organisms and biomes that make up the Earth's biosphere.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 6: Mineral Resources
In this module you will learn about Earth's meineral resources and how they are mined for extraction.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 7: Soil Resources
In this module you will learn about soil types, soil characteristics and soil conservation.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 8: Biological Resources
In this module you will learn about biological resources such as genetic diversity, food resources, agriculture and fisheries.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 10: Managing Land Use
In this module you will learn about different ways land is used such as residential uses, wilderness uses and recreational uses.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 11: End of Course Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Course Features
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours

  • Publisher

    OpenLearn

  • Video

    No

  • Audio

    No

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    50 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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