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Extreme Geological Events

Cardiff University via FutureLearn

Overview

Discover how extreme geological events have transformed our planet.

Retrace how Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago and has evolved to become the planet we know today.

On this course, you’ll get an introduction to the geological history of planet Earth, and explore the extreme events that shaped it and created conditions for life.

You’ll learn about the largest floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and explore the impact they have had and will continue to have on our dynamic planet.

Finally, you’ll discuss the likelihood of extreme events happening in the future and how we can deal with the risks and hazards.

This course is designed for anyone interested in the geological history of Earth, but may be of particular interest to students looking to study Earth Science.

Taught by

Wim Degruyter

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Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 31 reviews

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  • “Extreme Geological Events” is a course that I’m glad I am taking. This is complicated information, YET very enjoyable and easily learned. This course is for all learners of all ages. The instructors and team should be very proud!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have just finished the course and, as it hasn't been timed out yet, I am enjoying looking over it again to see what I missed the first time. As I am not a 'scientist' I have found it mind stretching, easy to understand once I appreciated the time and scale involved (starting with the 'Big Bang', right down to us 'puny' humans as one contributor put it) and very eager for more along similar lines (especially about Wales, first time I have found mention of wales in any FL course I have done). Try it!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course is definitely rated five stars. I am a high school Geography teacher and I am doing this course during the Covid 19 period of quarantine.
    It is so engaging that I find myself just going from activity to activity. The short lectures are easy to follow and easy on the brains ability to concentrate and absorb.
    the videos are real world examples and relevant and just great to look at.
    Sessions are of a manageable length of time.
    The information is thought provoking and stimulating.
    Glad I signed up. Thank you for offering this course. I will be encouraging all my students to do this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I appreciate how the course was organized from the macro (universe, galaxy, beyond) to the micro (earth, local area, human perspective), and how the macro has had an enormous influence on the micro. All that the human element in the micro 'part' can do is study the events, anticipate some of them, and prepare adequately, which is, in the end, what the course was all about -- knowledge and understanding, followed by application. I got that part ... plus a whole lot more! In short, a fabulous course that has reminded us once again of the uses and benefits of science and of the scientific approach.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I am a regular online learner and this is one of the very best courses I have undertaken. This is my first course in geology/ecology (usually I am studying in other disciplines) but I found it fascinating and the material extremely well explained. I also liked the pace of the course - the study material wasn't too long or repetitive and very good links provided. The staff responded quickly to comments on the feed as did many of the other students. Thank you all and please do another similar course from University of Cardiff for us soon.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I have found this course very informative! Answering all those unanswered questions that I have wondered about over time or wished I'd had paid more attention too in school! It has really helped me to understand and appreciate life and our lovely Planet! The course content is clear and concise and really helps to teach a difficult very sciency subject! :-)
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Thoroughly enjoying this course. Has fitted well with other purses I have taken with Futurelearn.

    Its an "out of my comfort zone" course as my background is more arts and history than science but it is not too difficult.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was excellent. It was down to earth, understandable, well researched and inspiring. I looked forward to each new section.
  • Anonymous
    Well prepared & presented. One of the best MOOC's I've done. One of the strengths of the course is the interactive mentor comments. They really did stimulate learning, motivation debates & clarified questions with clear answers & reference to further...
  • Annita Riddle
    Geology is a passion of mine and taking this course has updated my knowledge. I found the scientific content at a level that requires little advanced knowledge of other sciences. GOOD. The course content held my attention because it was clear precise and EXCITING. The colleagues on the course were helpful with research articles /links, their knowledge and were FUN to correspond with. One reviewer has written ' if you want to boldly go where you haven't gone .... look for it . I would suggest you do a Star Trek and at warp speed to to CARDIFF and EXTREME GEOLOGICAL EVENTS. You will love it.
  • Anonymous
    Just finished week of this course. I found the examples of extreme events really interesting, it introduced me to events that I had not heard of and provided good links to learn more about them. The information about plate tectonics is fairly basic but well presented. Indeed the whole course is well thought out, engaging and has served as a useful reminder of some things I learnt on an OU geology course some years ago. I recommend it to those with no knowledge of geology but those with some knowledge should also find it interesting, especially the example events.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    One of the better online courses I've taken! There are some really brilliant research & project prompts. Some semi-advanced concepts are covered but I never felt lost even when I didn't completely understand it. This isn't even a subject I'm that passionate about so that shows how good it was. The community was curious and friendly, and the tutors engaged lots in the discussions. Many fascinating links & videos shared, the weeks were well divided into different topics and I'm excited to continue to explore these subjects.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was clear and concise. While the early part was important, I suppose I did not have the aptitude to digest the material easily. The later parts were more immediately relevant to me, given that they spoke of the now or relatively recent past. I had "done" Earth Sciences with the O U some time ago as part of a BSc degree, which helped me with concepts. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable yet demanding basis for an understanding of our world and universe. Thanks to all involved.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have greatly enjoyed following this course. It had the right amount of information, lectures and videos for me. The information came in bite sized pieces which were easy to understand.
    It's many years since I did Geology A level and this has led me back to a renewed interest in the geology of our planet. There was plenty of information new to me and the opportunity to research further into the topics that particularly interested me.
    Thanks you Cardiff!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have greatly enjoyed following this course. It had the right amount of information, lectures and videos for me. The information came in bite sized pieces which were easy to understand.
    It's many years since I did Geology A level and this has led me back to a renewed interest in the geology of our planet. There was plenty of information new to me and the opportunity to research further into the topics that particularly interested me.
    Thanks you Cardiff!
  • Anonymous
    This is one of the very best courses I've followed via FutureLearn. The content has obviously been compiled by the University of Cardiff team with care, skill & precision. The documentation is comprehensive & the presentations delivered well by engaging lecturers.

    I commend this course to anyone with an interest in the origins & geology of our planet. Highly recommended.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This is my second time around, I came back completely voluntarily because I really enjoyed the mind stretching the first time around and am sure I missed most of what was being taught. So back again to fill in gaps and stretch the mind some more. If you want to boldly go where you haven't gone before then this course may be just what you are looking for.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is very well organized, managing to get the user in contact with the various geological events, those deemed extreme and the risk associated with them. In fact, risk is the main thing that should be taken into account and the authors manage to explain it in simple and clear words. I highly recommend, both to experts in the trade and not.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course. Easy to follow text, good graphics and links to additional supporting materials, very good presenters on each video. Comprehensive content that really makes one think. One of its strengths are the activities that require independent research and then feedback and discussion with mentors and students.

    Highly recommended course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Very interesting subjects covered and allows me to widen my knowledge of geology.
    The interactive activities are very helpful as it gets you involved and actually proves that you think about the subject, not just read and move on.
    I would say it is suitable for a large age range as it's understandable and well explained.

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