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Certificate of Achievement

Marco Bertolini

has completed the following course:

Extreme Geological Events

Cardiff University

This course provided an introduction to the geological history of planet Earth, and explored the extreme events that have shaped it. It covered topics such as the formation of the Earth and how the planet became habitable, the largest floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the likelihood of extreme events happening in the future and how we can deal with the risks and hazards presented to us in the present.

3 weeks, 4 hours per week

Educators

Dr Morten Andersen

Senior Lecturer

Cardiff University

Transcript

Learning outcomes

  • 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

Syllabus

  • 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

Issued on 26th June 2022

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Extreme Geological Events

Cardiff University