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Physical Geology explores the Solar System, Geologic Time, Plate Tectonics, Weathering, Deserts, Minerals, Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous Rocks, Deformation, Volcanoes, Mass Wasting, and Surface Water—unveiling Earth's dynamic forces, shaping landscapes through time.

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1 year

Last Updated

December 28, 2023

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Course Duration

8 hours, 21 minutes

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In the Physical Geology course, students embark on a fascinating journey through the intricate workings of our planet. The exploration begins with an examination of the Solar System, providing a cosmic context for Earth's geological processes. Delving into the depths of Geologic Time, students unravel the Earth's history, deciphering the eons and epochs that have shaped its landscape. A closer look Inside Earth unveils the dynamic forces at play, with a focus on Plate Tectonics—a key driver of geological change. The course navigates through the erosive powers of Weathering, unveiling the transformative effects on rocks and landforms. Deserts and Winds are explored as powerful agents of landscape sculpting. The study of Minerals unlocks the secrets of Earth's composition, while Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous Rocks reveal the diverse outcomes of geological processes. Deformation takes center stage as the course investigates the bending and breaking of Earth's crust, setting the stage for the formation of Volcanoes and the occurrence of Mass Wasting events. Surface Water emerges as a critical actor, shaping landscapes through erosion, transportation, and deposition. This comprehensive exploration equips students with a deep understanding of the forces that have shaped and continue to shape our planet's ever-evolving geological features.

You will have the following skills after completing this course:

  • Explore Earth’s Internal Structure.
  • Explore Plate Tectonics, its driving forces, and how cool Geological features like mountains are built.
  • Learn what are Detrital, Chemical, and Organic Sedimentary Rocks.
  • Understand the factors that lead to Mechanical Weathering.
  • Grasp Metamorphism and factors leading to it.
  • Explore different kinds of Folds & Faults.
  • Learn why volcanoes erupt violently and what comes out of them.
  • Learn the different zones of a river.
  • Differentiate between Angular Unconformity, Disconformity, and Nonconformity
  • Get to know our solar system and the different bodies in it.
  • Learn about Fossils, Numerical and Relative Dating.
  • Understand the processes by which nature creates Coal.
  • Understand what is magma, how it originates, and how crystallization occurs.
  • Comprehend the stages of rock deformation and what makes folding and faulting possible.
  • Learn the anatomy of a volcano.
  • Learn about minerals, their formation, and tools used in their identification.
  • Learn about types of landslides and their triggers.

Who will benefit from this course?

A Physical Geology course can be beneficial for a variety of individuals, depending on their interests, academic or professional goals, and background. Here are several groups of people who might benefit from taking a Physical Geology course:
  1. Geology Majors/Students:This course is often a requirement or a foundational course for students majoring in geology. It provides a fundamental understanding of Earth processes, landforms, and materials.
  2. Environmental Science/Studies Majors:Individuals pursuing degrees in environmental science or studies can benefit from a Physical Geology course as it helps them understand geological processes and their impact on the environment.
  3. Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering Students:Students in engineering disciplines, especially civil and environmental engineering, can gain insights into geological factors that may influence construction, soil stability, and environmental impact assessments.
  4. Geography Students:Geography students can benefit from understanding the physical features of the Earth's surface, as well as the processes that shape landscapes.
  5. Archaeology Students:Archaeologists often work in landscapes shaped by geological processes. Understanding the geological context can aid in interpreting archaeological findings and site formations.
  6. Science Education Students:Aspiring science educators may find a Physical Geology course valuable for teaching Earth science concepts in middle or high schools.
  7. Environmental Consultants:Professionals working in environmental consulting or resource management may benefit from a Physical Geology course to enhance their understanding of geological factors in environmental assessments.
  8. Anyone Interested in Earth Sciences:Individuals with a general interest in Earth sciences, natural landscapes, and geological phenomena can find the course informative and engaging.
  9. Policy Makers and Planners:Those involved in urban planning, land use policy, and disaster preparedness can benefit from understanding geological processes that may impact their decision-making.
  10. Amateur Geologists and Rock Hounds:Enthusiasts who enjoy collecting rocks, minerals, or studying the Earth's surface as a hobby can gain a deeper understanding of the geological processes that shape the planet.
Overall, a Physical Geology course provides a broad foundation in understanding the Earth's processes and materials, making it relevant and beneficial to a diverse range of individuals with different interests and career paths.

Why Should You Take This Online Course?

  • Expertly Designed and Delivered by Industry Experts: Developed and delivered by MIRAN FATTAH - B.S. in Mathematics & Geophysics
  • Immediate Recognition with an Instant E-Certificate: After finishing our online course, you will receive an instant E-certificate. This certification acknowledges your dedication and successful course completion, allowing you to demonstrate your newly gained knowledge and skills to potential employers, colleagues, or clients. The E-certificate validates your accomplishments immediately, raising your professional standing.
  • Convenient Online Learning Experience: Because our course is entirely online, you may learn at your own pace and convenience. The course materials are accessible from anywhere and anytime, making it ideal for people with hectic schedules. The curriculum is delivered via captivating videos and extensive reading materials, creating a dynamic and interactive learning experience.
  • Self-paced Learning for Maximum Progress: We recognise that everyone has various learning styles and time commitments. As a result, our online course provides self-paced study. You can work through the course materials independently, allowing for a more personalised learning experience. Our course supports your individual learning preferences, whether you like to immerse yourself in the information or take it step by step.
  • Laptop, tablet, and smartphone compatibility: Our online course is device-compatible to improve accessibility. Whether you choose a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you may easily access and interact with the course contents. This adaptability allows you to learn on the go, incorporating your studies into your everyday routine and maximising your learning possibilities.

Career prospects after completing this course:

Completing a Physical Geology course can open up various career prospects in fields related to Earth sciences, environmental studies, engineering, and more. The specific opportunities will depend on your level of education, additional specialisation, and interests. Here are some potential career prospects:
  1. Geologist:A geologist studies the Earth's materials, processes, and history. They may work in fields such as mineral exploration, environmental consulting, or petroleum exploration.
  2. Environmental Scientist or Specialist:Professionals in this field assess environmental conditions, analyse data, and develop solutions to environmental problems. They may work on issues like pollution, land reclamation, or conservation.
  3. Geotechnical Engineer:Geotechnical engineers assess the stability of soil and rock for construction projects. They ensure that structures like buildings, bridges, and dams are built on a solid foundation.
  4. Hydrogeologist:Hydrogeologists study the distribution and movement of groundwater. They may be involved in water resource management, environmental protection, or assessing the impact of human activities on water quality.
  5. Paleontologist:Individuals interested in the history of life on Earth may pursue a career in paleontology, studying fossils to understand past ecosystems and evolutionary processes.
  6. Seismologist:Seismologists study earthquakes and seismic waves to understand Earth's internal structure. They may work in earthquake monitoring, hazard assessment, or academic research.
  7. Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist:GIS specialists use technology to analyse and interpret spatial data. They play a crucial role in mapping and decision-making in various industries, including environmental management and urban planning.
  8. Science Educator:Completing a Physical Geology course can prepare individuals to teach Earth science at the middle or high school level.
  9. Environmental Consultant:Environmental consultants assess the impact of human activities on the environment and develop strategies for minimising negative effects. They may work on projects related to land use planning, pollution control, and environmental regulations.
  10. Natural Resource Manager:Professionals in this field manage and conserve natural resources, such as minerals, water, and forests. They work to balance human needs with environmental sustainability.
  11. Land Use Planner:Land use planners consider geological factors when developing plans for urban development, ensuring that structures are built on stable ground and accounting for potential geological hazards.
  12. Research Scientist:Those interested in scientific research may pursue roles in academia, government agencies, or private research institutions, contributing to advancements in our understanding of Earth's processes.
These are just a few examples, and the career opportunities can vary based on additional education, specialisation, and experience. Many geologists and Earth scientists find fulfilling careers in both public and private sectors, contributing to our understanding of the Earth and addressing environmental challenges.

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Course Content

    • Geology 00:02:00
    • Importance 00:04:00
    • Development 00:09:00
    • The Scientific Method 00:05:00
    • OverView 00:05:00
    • The Sun 00:00:00
    • The Moon 00:06:00
    • Terrestrial Planets 00:10:00
    • Jovian Planets 00:12:00
    • Other Solar Bodies 00:00:00
    • OverView 00:02:00
    • Relative Dating 00:11:00
    • Numerical Dating 00:07:00
    • Fossils 00:11:00
    • Earth’s Internal Structure 00:11:00
    • Exploration 00:16:00
    • Continental Drift 00:10:00
    • Modern Evidence 00:10:00
    • Earth’s Major Plates 00:13:00
    • Motion Drivers 00:05:00
    • Motion Measurement 00:04:00
    • Continental Margins 00:05:00
    • Ocean Floor Features 00:05:00
    • Oceanic Crust Layers 00:02:00
    • Destruction of Oceanic Crust 00:02:00
    • Features of Subduction Zones 00:03:00
    • Mountains 00:07:00
    • Topography 00:07:00
    • Weathering OverView 00:04:00
    • Mechanical Weathering 00:08:00
    • Chemical Weathering 00:07:00
    • Spheroidal Weathering 00:02:00
    • Soil 00:11:00
    • Deserts 00:08:00
    • Wind Erosion 00:05:00
    • Wind as a Transporter 00:04:00
    • Wind Deposits 00:08:00
    • Atom 00:05:00
    • Bond-s 00:07:00
    • Minerals 00:03:00
    • Formation 00:03:00
    • Mineral Identification 00:09:00
    • OverView 00:04:00
    • Detrital Sedimentary Rocks 00:03:00
    • Grain History 00:07:00
    • Chemical Sedimentary Rocks 00:04:00
    • Coal 00:06:00
    • Sedimentary Rocks Identification Table 00:05:00
    • Sediments to Sedimentary Rocks 00:05:00
    • Sedimentary Structures 00:06:00
    • Metamorphism 00:08:00
    • Metamorphic Rocks 00:04:00
    • Metamorphic Drivers 00:06:00
    • Metamorphic Texture 00:08:00
    • Magma 00:12:00
    • Igneous Texture 00:09:00
    • Deformation 00:09:00
    • Deformation Stages 00:08:00
    • Folds 00:08:00
    • Faults & Joints 00:14:00
    • OverView 00:04:00
    • Volcanic Eruptions 00:07:00
    • Extruded Material 00:14:00
    • Volcanic Landforms 00:09:00
    • Volcanic Hazards 00:08:00
    • OverView 00:05:00
    • Types 00:07:00
    • Triggers 00:04:00
    • OverView 00:05:00
    • Hydrologic Cycle 00:08:00
    • Running Water 00:12:00
    • Flow 00:08:00
    • Depositional Landforms 00:07:00
    • Floods 00:09:00
    • Get Your Certificate & Transcript 00:00:00

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