EARTH SCIENCE – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  14/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are 9 lessons in this course: 1. Structure and Forces • Scope and Nature of the Earth and it's Structure • Continental and Oceanic Crust • Continental Drift • Sea Floor Spreading • Plate Tectonics • Plate Boundaries; divergent boundaries, convergent boundaries • Transform Faults • Volcanoes; shield volcanoes, cinder cones, composite conesmagma, pyroclastic flow 2. Rocks and Minerals • Definitions • Mineral Properties; crystaline form, luster, colour, streak, hardness, light transmissioncleavage, fracture, etc • Mineral Groups • Silicates • Nonsilicate Minerals • Rocks; formation, texture • Sedimentary Rocks; derital, chemical and biochemical rocks • Metamorphic Rocks 3. Surface Changes • Introduction • Weathering • Mass Wasting • Erosion • Glaciers • Streams; birth of a stream, stream flow, deposited stream sediment • Ground Water and Land Subsidence • Aquifiers and Confining Beds • Soil; parent materia, time, climate, life forms, slope • Soil Profile, horizons 4. The Oceans • Scope and Nature of Oceans • Sea Water • Currents • Coriolis Effect • Geostrophic Flow • Land Scale Currents • Convergence and Divergence • El Nino • Waves • Tides • The Ocean Floor • Shorelines • The Marine Food Chain 5. Air and Weather • The Hydrological Cycle • The Atmosphere • Atmosphere and Circulation of Essential Elements • Structure of the Atmosphere, Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Seasons • Solar Radiation • The Greenhouse Effect • Weather • Temperature Control • Air Pressure • Wind; Local Winds, Wind Erosion, Wind in Arid Climates • Thunderstorms • Tropical Cyclones • Tornadoes 6. The Greenhouse Effect • Introduction • Global Warming • Anthropomorphic Changes to Global Climates • Ozone Layer and Ozone Destruction • Atmospheric Pollutants 7. Global Weather Patterns • Climate • Climate Classification; Tropics, Dry Climates, Humid Mid Latitude and Mild Climates, Polar Climates, etc 8. Geological Time • Geological Time Scale • Relative Dating • Inclusion • Correlation • Types of Fossils • Radiometric Dating; radiocarbon dating, radioactivity, half life • Geological Time 9. Modern Environmental Issues • Balance of Nature • Major Current Environmental Events • Resource Depletion • Conservation Issues Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Environmental/EARTH-SCIENCE-BEN204-496.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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