EARTH SCIENCE Course Online
Earth science is the scientific study of our planet, the Earth. It encompasses all sciences which focus on the Earth, and uses physics, geology, geography, meteorology, mathematics, chemistry and biology.
Take a journey into the fascinating world of earth science and learn about the dynamic forces at work on, in and around the planet. A comprehensive and fascinating course.
Discover the physical history of earth and the forces driving its changes, learn about rocks, minerals, gases, oceans and plate tectonics and much more, investigate the science behind current environmental issues such as global warming and greenhouse gasses and nvestigate the complex interactions that drive climate and environmental conditions throughout the world.
This in-depth science course would benefit from further study especially within the science disciplines of enviromental studies, biochemistry I and II, marine studies I and II and if your goals are toward a career in tourism then the courses in adventure tourism, travel photography and ecotour management will give you additional expertise.
Attractive discounts apply for multiple course pathways [see our 'discounts and payment plan' page]
There are 9 lessons in this course:
- Structure and Forces
- Scope and Nature of the Earth and it's Structure
- Continental and Oceanic Crust
- Continental Drift
- Sea Floor Spreading
- Plate Tectonics
- Plate Boundaries; divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries
- Transform Faults
- Volcanoes; shield volcanoes, cinder cones, composite conesmagma, pyroclastic flow
- Rocks and Minerals
- Mineral Properties; crystaline form, luster, colour, streak, hardness, light transmission, cleavage, fracture, etc
- Mineral Groups
- Nonsilicate Minerals
- Rocks; formation, texture
- Sedimentary Rocks; derital, chemical and biochemical rocks
- Metamorphic Rocks
- Surface Changes
- Mass Wasting
- Streams; birth of a stream, stream flow, deposited stream sediment
- Ground Water and Land Subsidence
- Aquifiers and Confining Beds
- Soil; parent materia, time, climate, life forms, slope
- Soil Profile, horizons
- The Oceans
- Scope and Nature of Oceans
- Sea Water
- Coriolis Effect
- Geostrophic Flow
- Land Scale Currents
- Convergence and Divergence
- El Nino
- The Ocean Floor
- The Marine Food Chain
- Air and Weather
- The Hydrological Cycle
- The Atmosphere
- Atmosphere and Circulation of Essential Elements
- Structure of the Atmosphere, Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Seasons
- Solar Radiation
- The Greenhouse Effect
- Temperature Control
- Air Pressure
- Wind; Local Winds, Wind Erosion, Wind in Arid Climates
- Tropical Cyclones
- The Greenhouse Effect
- Global Warming
- Anthropomorphic Changes to Global Climates
- Ozone Layer and Ozone Destruction
- Atmospheric Pollutants
- Global Weather Patterns
- Climate Classification; Tropics, Dry Climates, Humid Mid Latitude and Mild Climates, Polar Climates, etc
- Geological Time
- Geological Time Scale
- Relative Dating
- Types of Fossils
- Radiometric Dating; radiocarbon dating, radioactivity, half life
- Geological Time
- Modern Environmental Issues
- Balance of Nature
- Major Current Environmental Events
- Resource Depletion
- Conservation Issues
- Pollution and Waste
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
- Describe the major structural elements of Earth and the major internal forces which affect them.
- Classify rocks and minerals according to their characteristics and formation.
- Explain external processes that that cause topographic and soil changes on the earth’s surface.
- Describe the oceans of the earth and their role in global processes.
- Describe the earth’s atmosphere and the forces which create weather.
- Describe some well known effects of particular atmospheric conditions like the Greenhouse effect.
- Identify global weather patterns and their relationship to different climates.
- Describe the way in which the earth’s surface has changed over time.
- Identify environmental issues which are of current significance.