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EESC 1010: The Dynamic Earth: The Science of Our World: Home

Online Class

Course Description

Through the use of an interactive website, this course introduces students to several important topics in geology.  These include the distinctive characteristics of rocks and minerals,the interpretation of specialized maps, the theory of plate tectonics and the processes by which rocks form from earth materials.  It provides on-line exercises to present and explain each topic. The website provides all the resources and information required to gain mastery of the subject matter. Links to the on-line exercises and to course information (such as the course calendar, exam and assignment due dates, grading practices, etc.) are found on the course home page.


Japan Law Twin from Mount Ida, Arkansas (USA).

Image of Volcano from National Geographic Resource Library, Plate Tectonics page

Hematite Trigonal iron oxide Ibitiara, Mina Gerais Brazil HMNS 5440 Wikipedia Loves Art at the Houston Museum of Natural Science This photo of item # 5440 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science was contributed under the team name

Arctic ice shrinkage: Ice caps in the Arctic fluctuate seasonally, growing in winter and shrinking in summer. Summer ice has also decreased overall over the past several yeas. This image shows the changing Arctic ice caps from September 2009 to January 2011. From, By Zach Wener-Fligner "Watch how one NASA satellite has changed how we see Earth in the 21st century, Quartz, December 25, 2014

link to image of Carpathian salt mines on Imageo.

Large similar folds in a salt mine in the Carpathians

Spectacular fold structures in a salt mine in the Carpathians. by Janos Urai

Taken on 11 January 2017, Submitted on 11 February 2019

Þingvellir or Thingvellir, is a national park in Southwestern Iceland, about 40km northeast of Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. From: Howard Lee, "Plate tectonics runs deeper than we thought." Ars Technica,