Identify key events that led to the formation of the Earth
Discuss why the Earth is dynamic, able to support life and experience extreme geological events
Explore the relationship between extreme events and the emergence of simple and complex life on Earth
Identify the distinction between extreme geological events and the regular activity that occurs on our dynamic planet
Summarise the processes and triggers that lead to megaquakes, super eruptions, mega-tsunamis and megafloods.
Explore how extreme events have shaped and impacted our planet
Assess how evidence of extreme events from the past is gathered and evaluated
Explore the difference between risk and hazard in relationship to extreme geological events
Discuss the possibility of extreme geological events happening on our planet in the future and how we can mitigate the hazards they present us
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.
The formation of the Earth and how the planet became habitable
Key historical events that shaped the Earth’s surface
Differences between regular and extreme geological activity
Natural processes behind the largest floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
Risks and hazards presented by extreme geological events
Likelihood of extreme geological events occurring in the future
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.