Planet Earth is unique in the Solar System as it has just the right systems and resources to give rise to life.
This free online course will review the systems and resources found on Earth such as the flow of energy around the planet, the cycling of matter, the geology of the planet, the Earth's atmosphere and biosphere, groundwater and surface water, and mineral, soil and biological resources. The course reviews the impact humans are having on these systems and resources and will look at air, soil and water pollutants, and how humans manage the land.
This course will be of great interest to professionals working in areas related to the environmental sciences or earth sciences, to all teachers of geography and science, and to students who are thinking of a career in the environmental sciences or earth sciences. It should also be of interest to anyone who simply wants to understand better our physical place in the universe which is constantly evolving around us.
All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.
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A way to show your ability to learn and achieve high results
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
- Describe the flow of energy and cycling of matter, including the water cycle and Earth's biogeochemical systems;
- Discuss how the Earth was formed by geological processes such as plate tectonics;
- Review about features of the Earth's atmosphere and ocean currents;
- Describe organisms and biomes that make up the Earth's biosphere;
- Discuss groundwater and surface water and the hydrological cycle;
- Discuss the Earth's mineral resources and how they are mined for extraction;
- List soil types, soil characteristics and soil conservation;
- List aspects of pollution and its effects on wildlife;
- and discuss different ways land is used such as residential uses, wilderness uses and recreational uses.