Course Contents at a Glance

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The following list shows a summary of the topics covered in this course. To see all of the course pages, visit the Table of Contents.

Module 1: Science of Geology

  • What is Geology?
  • Scientific Processes in Geology
  • Scientific Tools

Module 2: Rock Forming Minerals

  • Chemistry of Minerals
  • Identifying Minerals
  • Most Common Elements

Module 3: Rocks and the Rock Cycle

  • Igneous Rocks
  • Sedimentary Rocks
  • Metamorphic Rocks

Module 4: Weathering and Soil Formation

  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Soil Profiles and Types
  • Soil Conservation

Module 5: Plate Tectonics

  • Continental Drift
  • The Theory of Plate Tectonics
  • Geological Processes

Module 6: Earth’s Interior

  • Layers of the Geosphere
  • Understanding the Earth’s Interior

Module 7: Crustal Deformation

  • Stress and Strain
  • Geologic Structures

Module 8: Earthquakes

  • Causes and Location of Earthquakes
  • Types of Waves
  • Magnitude and Intensity
  • Earthquake Hazards and Prediction

Module 9: Volcanoes

  • Volcano Types
  • The Formation of Volcanoes
  • Igneous Features
  • Volcanic Hazards
  • Monitoring Volcanoes

Module 10: Mass Movement

  • Types of Mass Movement
  • Driving and Resisting Forces

Module 11: Hydrology

  • The Hydrologic Cycle
  • Rivers and Streams
  • Components of Groundwater
  • Geologic Features
  • Oceans and Shorelines

Module 12: Geological Resources

  • Rock and Mineral Resources
  • Extraction of Resources
  • Getting Energy from Resources


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