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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Planet Earth...and You!

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


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.

Taught by

Stephen Marshak


4.2 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I thought the course syllabus looked okay when I registered - nothing too special but I was looking forward to rigorous and up-to-date information delivered by specialists. The videos were informative but a little dry. I was most disappointed by the lack...
  • Mike S

    Mike S completed this course.

    Great learning experience. High quality material and presentation. Ignore the noise about the first lab. Lab use using Google Earth was very innovative for an online course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Excellent Course for Geoscience students! Lab parts are so challenging and informative. I really enjoy this course. The explanations are clear. The forum parts a bit tiring.
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