How the Earth Works : Dynamic Planet

Ben van der Pluijm, University of Michigan, Department of Geological Sciences

Processes in our continuously evolving Earth have given rise to the formation of an internally-layered planet with continents, oceans and an atmosphere. This continuing activity is manifested by the destructive powers of such phenomena as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, mountain building, and plate motion. Starting with the formation of our Universe and evolution of stars like our Sun, the goal of this course is to present an integrated approach to Earth's unique characteristics, and explain her physical principles using conceptual and factual material. The website offers a lecture schedule with supporting material, homework assignments, a link to an interactive resource guide, and Powerpoint slides.

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Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)