Earth Science 101: Earth Science

Learn Earth science by watching fun and engaging video lessons. Learn about geologic time, the properties of matter, the rock cycle and more. Close out your studies by taking quizzes to gauge your comprehension of key Earth science principles. 

About this Course

Build your earth science vocabulary and learn about cycles of matter and types of sedimentary rocks through this course. Our series of video lessons and accompanying self-assessment quizzes can help you boost your knowledge of fossil preservation, Earth's spheres, earthquakes, weather and more. This course was designed by experienced educators and examines both science basics, like experimental design and systems of measurement, and more advanced topics, such as analysis of rock deformation and theories of continental drift.

Course Topics

Science Basics Study some basic scientific concepts while learning what earth science encompasses. Take a look at the scientific method, periodic table, experimental design and metric system.
Geologic Time Examine catastrophism vs. uniformitarianism, numerical and relative dating, principles of relative dating and radioactive dating. In addition, find out about fossil preservation and relative dating with fossils.
Properties of Matter Learn what elements are and how compounds and molecules come from elements. Also take a look at atomic number, mass number, states of matter, phase change, common chemical reactions, nuclear reaction and cycles of matter.
Earth's Spheres and Internal Structure Explore the internal and external forces that shape Earth through looking at the four spheres of Earth, interactions among the Earth's spheres, the composition of Earth's internal layers and the physical properties of Earth's internal layers. Also learn how scientists study earth's interior structure.
Plate Tectonics Learn more about Pangaea and how it relates to the idea of plate tectonics and Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift. Discover evidence for the mechanism of continental drift, Earth's major plates, causes of tectonic plate movement, plate boundaries, ocean drilling as evidence for plate tectonics, hot spots, polar reversal and seafloor spreading.
Minerals and Rocks Examine the physical properties of minerals, including optical, crystal shape, mineral strength, density and specific gravity. Explore rocks and the rock cycle through comparing rocks and minerals.
Igneous Rocks Take a look at the origins of magma, crystallization, Bowen's reaction series and magmatic differentiation. Additionally, learn about the classification of igneous rocks and plate tectonics.
Volcanoes Examine volcanoes to learn what they are, types of volcanoes, volcanic gases and pyroclastic materials. Also study volcanic landforms and volcanic hazards.
Weathering and Erosion Look at mechanical weathering, chemical weathering and rates of weathering. You'll also learn about soil, soil erosion, mass wasting, triggers for wasting and types of wasting.
Sedimentary Rocks: A Deeper Look Discover the definition, types, features and classification of sedimentary rocks. Find out also about lithification of sediments and the origination of sedimentary rock.
Metamorphic Rocks: A Deeper Look Explore metamorphic rocks and look at the classification of metamorphic rocks and types of metamorphism.
Rock Deformation and Mountain Building Analyze rock deformation to understand the definition, causes, stages and byproducts. Also take a look at geological fold, faults and mountain building.
Water Balance Study the water cycle, distribution of water, solar power, evaporation and transpiration and runoff and infiltration.
Running Water Take a look at drainage basins, stream flow, the effect of erosion and deposition on landforms and how a landform diagram describes the geologic progression of a landscape. Additionally, find out about bedrock and alluvial channels.
Ground Water Check out ground water and learn about the groundwater system, groundwater movement, springs, wells, groundwater problems and sinkholes.
Glaciers Learn about types of glaciers, glacier movement, glacier budget, erosion, deposition, glaciation and causes of glaciation.
Oceans Examine continental margins, ocean basins, properties of ocean water and marine organisms. Also learn about ocean circulation, shoreline and beaches, waves, long shore transport and tides.
Coastal Hazards Discover coastal hazards, such as hurricanes, tsunamis and shoreline erosion. Additionally, study shoreline deposition and shoreline stabilization.
Atmosphere Explore atmosphere composition through looking at atmosphere structure, solar radiation, temperature, clouds, wind, humidity and heat transfer. Find out more about cloud formation, air lift, precipitation, climate classification, natural factors that determine a regions climate, global warming, ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect and air pollution.
Weather and Storms Take a look at the weather by studying wind, air pressure, atmospheric circulation, air masses, weather fronts, tornadoes, thunderstorms, cyclones, hurricanes, floods and el Niño and la Nina.
Earthquakes Discover what an earthquake is and what causes it. Learn more about aftershocks and foreshocks, seismic waves, measurement scales and earthquake destruction.
Earth History Analyze the origins of the universe, including the big bang and expanding and contracting universes. Look at galaxy formation, formation of the Earth, formation of the moon, how the structure of the sun supports the fusion process, the life cycle of the sun and the history of life on earth.
Energy Resources Explore energy, the laws of thermodynamics, renewable energy and nonrenewable energy. Learn about fossil fuels, chemical energy, radiant energy, thermal energy, wind energy, nuclear energy, hydroelectric energy and tidal energy.

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