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.

Introduce yourself

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.

Our team also includes, Dr Marc-Alban Millet, Dr Ernest Chi Fru, Dr Dan Hobley, Dr Claire Earlie.

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.


Our course mentors are Roberto Loza Espejel and Olivia Walker. They’ll be joining and supporting you during the 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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Extreme Geological Events

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