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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

Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 45 reviews

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  • Very interesting, especially to find out that not every event that occurs on earth is considered Extreme even though it certainly seems like it at the time. I just love learning about earth and how dynamic it is
  • “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
    Today's world is filled with extreme events, be they political, personal or geological. The material in this course clarifies some of the most extreme geological ones. Some I have lived through and some occurred hundreds of thousands of years ago, and...
  • Anonymous
    An excellent and ambitious undertaking built around the theme of extreme events. The Big Bang? How about that for an extreme event. topics range from the formation of stars and galaxies, to the solar system and Earth's moon. Snowball Earth is an interesting topic along with the influence of early life feeding oxygen into Earth's atmosphere. You'll find discussions of more familiar extreme events in terms of Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and super floods. Assessing present day risks from major natural disasters brings these events into contemporary relevance. A great course!

  • I have taken several FL courses and rate this course in the top 2 or three I have experienced. It was comprehensive and thought provoking. Its structure encouraged and led to a remarkable learner interaction. The mentors and presenters were excellent and interacted frequently. I found it remarkable for not only the science but also the human factors and historical perspectives related to geological events. A course highly recommended.
  • Anonymous
    The course was extremely interesting and presented well. I thought I knew about tsunamis, volcanos, and earthquakes, but learned even more information and history. There were not only the mechanics of the events, but the effects, causes, and preventive measures to save lives. The comments by other people taking the course were also informative. I hope there are more courses like this one.
  • Anonymous
    This course covers a range of timescales and types of events from astronomical to global to local. No prior knowledge of geology is required: everything is well illustrated and explained. One of the better FL courses and should interest anyone with a wide interest in our natural world and our sometimes precarious existence.
  • Anonymous
    An excellent course with a team of interesting and expert educators and a wide range of different resources produced. Great opportunities for interaction with other learners, which is always a key aspect of Future Learn courses. I learned a lot and was completely engaged throughout.
  • Anonymous
    Terrific course, instructors/mentors put a lot of thought and effort into the class content. This course prompted me to seek out additional research based on what I had learned. I don't have a science background, but was still able to follow along.
  • Anonymous
    Terrific course, instructors/mentors put a lot of thought and effort into the class content. This course prompted me to seek out additional research based on what I had learned. I don't have a science background, but was still able to follow along.
  • Anonymous
    Well constructed and interesting course. I liked the range, from cosmological creation of stars and planets through volcanoes, earthquakes etc to the human impact of these events. The activities were fascinating and enjoyable to do. Thoroughly recommend it!
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting and catchy course if you are interested in the (early) development of our Earth.
    Even though I have always been interested in geology and geography, there were a number of aspects I hadn’t previously been aware of.
  • Anonymous
    This course is one of the best FutureLearn courses I have done. It had excellent videos and was very interesting covering cosmological and geological timescales. fascinating for anyone with an interest in astronomy and geology/hazards.
  • I am about to start my final week and so far have found the course really stimulating. It is a long time since I studied anything "geological" and this has rekindled my interest. I am so pleased I joined in.
  • Anonymous
    This course is so interesting and I am learning so much. I cannot wait to put this on my personal statement for university
  • 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 completed this course.

    The course was excellent. It was down to earth, understandable, well researched and inspiring. I looked forward to each new section.

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