Earth Science

  • Course level: All Levels


This ambitious course in Earth Science is the first of its kind, explaining challenging scientific concepts clearly and easily.

Starting billions of years ago at the beginning of time, we bring you right to the present day. The veil is lifted on why the Earth works as it does, how we know what we know about our planet, and how all this affects your daily experience of the world.
This course is an introduction to Earth Science topics through the history of geology and chemistry. It is aimed at giving the student knowledge of why and how we know what we know in Earth Science. If you are looking for a course that will teach you the identification of common rocks & minerals, you might find another course more appropriate because the focus here is big-picture ideas.

We’ll answer the fundamental questions…

  1. How are mountains made?
  2. Why do oceans exist?
  3. What is a crystal?
  4. How old is the Earth?
  5. and many more…

Who this course is for:

  1. Beginners: You are curious about rocks and geology, but aren’t sure where to begin…Look no further!
  2. Intermediate Students: You have some previous geological knowledge but you will certainly benefit from the higher level content included in this course.
  3. Earth Scientists: You already know the science, but think of this course as “all the interesting history they left out of First-Year Geology.” I explore some interesting, offbeat avenues. Chances are, you’ll learn something tangential!

What Will I Learn?

  • earn about the history and workings of planet Earth.
  • Learn about global phenomena, rocks, crystals, plate tectonics, geologic time, and how rocks form.
  • Learn how geology influences everything from the shape of the landscape to natural events (often called disasters.)

Topics for this course

36 Lessons

Earth Science

Introduction to Earth Science00:00:00
Atoms and Chemical Bonds00:00:00
The Rock Cycle and Igneous Rocks00:00:00
Sedimentary Rocks00:00:00
Metamorphic Rocks and Resources from Rocks00:00:00
Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics00:00:00
Evidence and Models of Plate Tectonics00:00:00
Earth’s Interior00:00:00
Other Igneous Activity00:00:00
Crustal Deformation00:00:00
Mountain Building00:00:00
Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere00:00:00
Heating the Atmosphere00:00:00
Atmospheric Temperature Controls00:00:00
Atmospheric Moisture00:00:00
Lift and Instability00:00:00
Clouds and Precipitation00:00:00
Air Pressure and Wind00:00:00
Air Masses, Fronts, and Midlatitude Cyclones00:00:00
Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes00:00:00
Climate Change (Part 1)00:00:00
Climate Change (Part 2)00:00:00
Climate Change (Part 3)00:00:00
The Ancient Roots of Astronomy00:00:00
The Birth of Modern Astronomy00:00:00
Patterns in the Night Sky00:00:00
The Reason for Seasons00:00:00
The Earth-Moon System00:00:00
A Tour of the Solar System00:00:00
The Formation of the Solar System00:00:00
The Terrestrial Planets00:00:00
The Jovian Planets and Small Solar System Bodies00:00:00
The Sun00:00:00
30 £

Enrolment validity: Lifetime


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