Welcome to the course
Over the next three weeks we will explore how extreme geological events have shaped our planet and what challenges future events might pose to us.
The course has been developed by a team of researchers and educators at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University.
Each member of the team specialises their research and teaching on the topics we cover on the course.
Please introduce yourself in the comments.
Tell us where you are from, your background and your motivations for taking this course.
Meet the team
Your lead educator is Dr Morten Andersen, Lecturer at Cardiff University. He studies the long term chemical evolution of the Earth’s surface environment.
Please note that Dr Wim Degruyter and Dr David Thompson have both moved on from Cardiff University and won’t be part of the team for this course.
You can follow the team by using the links to their FutureLearn profiles. You’ll then be able to see all the comments they make.
Week by week
In Week 1, we will retrace how Earth was formed 4.5 billion years ago and how it evolved to become a habitable planet. We will explore some of the extreme events our planet experienced along the way.
In Week 2, we will investigate some of the most extreme types of events our planet has experienced. We will examine some of the largest floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
In Week 3, we will consider how our understanding of extreme geological events has developed over time. We will explore the risks and hazards they present us today, and how we should prepare for future events.
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