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Geology 100 Hours Certificate Course

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Immerse yourself in the fascinating study of geology, covering rocks, minerals, structural geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, groundwater hydrology and geological surveying.

The course covers practical aspects of geology, such as mining, farming, environmental management, and construction.

As a science, geology deals with the physical structure and composition of the earth, its make-up and the processes that affect its make-up.

You will come to recognise that changes to the geology of a site has to be made with the knowledge of the potential impact of any changes which may act on them.

Geological surveys and environmental assessments are often necessary and in some cases, legally required before any site can undergo changes, whether in construction, or for any other change of purpose, if different than its current accepted use.

Understanding the earth’s historical context in relation to minerals and formation, can provide knowledge that will allow us to determine what we could expect in the future.

There are many diverse ways where the study of geology can have real influence. Here are a few samples:

  • Groundwater: – understanding and managing this valuable resource
  • Managing mining appropriately
  • Geologic natural hazards e.g. landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions – provide a better understanding of these natural phenomena
  • Seismic Activity – identifying and forecasting
  • Defining engineering works that are applicable in the construction of dams, various infastrucure and buildings to name a few.
  • Locating deposits of specific rocks and minerals
  • Understanding climate changes from the past
  • Expanding our knowledge of how the earth formed and plate tectonics (movements of the plates on the earths crustThe study of geology focuses on the earth, the rocks, the materials from which the earth is made, their structures, and the processes that cause them to change over time. This online Geology course focuses on the surface and below-surface structures of the earth.Hydrology and climate science also overlap with geology. By understanding geology, we can learn about the earth’s historical materials and formation and also anticipate what might happen in the future based on that knowledge.
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Lesson Structure:  Geology

There are 9 lessons:

         1. Introduction To Geology

  • Methodology
  • Applications Of Geology
  • Basic Chemistry Of Rocks
  • Rocks And Minerals
  • Building Blocks
  • Minerals & Mineraloids
  • Formation Of Minerals
  • Other Related Processes
  • Introduction To Mineral Groups
  • Silicates
  • Non-Silicate Minerals

    2. Types Of Rocks
  • Igneous Rocks
  • Sedimentary Rocks
  • Metamorphic Rocks
  • Mineral Classification And Crystal Structure
  • Simplified Review Of Pauling’s Rules On Crystal Structures
  • Geological Environments And Mineral Formation
  • Igneous Minerals
  • Metamorphic Minerals
  • Sedimentary Minerals
  • Hydrothermal Minerals

    3. Structural Geology
  • Tectonics And Geodynamics
  • Tectonics
  • Geodynamics
  • Features Of Structural Geology
  • Fractures And Faults
  • Folds
  • Boudins
  • Foliations And Lineations
  • Describing Structures In Geology
  • Designing Tectonic Models
  • Measurements
  • Data Acquisition: Field Geology
  • Data Synthesis And Analysis
  • Geological Maps And Cross Sections
  • Tectonic Maps And Structural Profiles
  • Structural Sketch-Maps
  • Block Diagrams/Tectonograms
  • Validating Models

    4. Minerals
  • Identifying Minerals
  • Mineral Classification
  • Silicate Minerals
  • Orthosilicates
  • Sorosilicates
  • Cyclosilicates
  • Tectosilicates
  • Inosilicates
  • Phyllosilicates
  • Non-Silicate Minerals
  • Native Elements5. Geobiology
  • Earth’s Gases And Metabolic Diversity Of Organisms
  • Metabolic Approaches
  • Oxygen-Producing (Photosynthetic) Bacteria
  • Greenhouse Gases
  • Biophysical Soil Processes
  • Soil Chemical Environment
  • Soil Microbiome
  • Soil Biology
  • Influence Of Soil
  • Underwater Bio-Physical Processes
  • Coral Reef Formation

    6. Geophysics
  • Seismology
  • Tectonics
  • Hydrology
  • Glaciology
  • Geothermometry
  • Geomagnetometry
  • Petrophysics
  • Mineral Physics
  • Geodesy
  • Geodynamics
  • Plate Tectonics Theory
  • Plate Boundaries
  • Divergent Boundaries
  • Convergent Boundaries
  • Transform Faults Boundaries
  • Nano Tectonics

    7. Geochemistry
  • Geochemistry Sub-Disciplines
  • Analytical Geochemistry
  • Elements And Isotopes
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Radiocarbon Dating
  • Low-Temperature Geochemistry
  • Organic Geochemistry
  • Geochemical Cycles
  • Interactions Between The Earth’s Layers
  • Separation And Concentration Of Elements
  • Moving And Mixing The Earth
  • Evolution Of The Earth’s Atmosphere
  • The Nitrogen Cycle
  • The Oxygen Cycle
  • The Carbon Cycle
  • Fractionation
  • Health Impacts

    8.  Groundwater Hydrology
  • Estimated Global Groundwater Resources
  • Types Of Groundwater
  • Occurrence Of Groundwater
  • Infiltration Of Water
  • Depth To Groundwater
  • Aquifers
  • Types Of Aquifers
  • Confined Aquifer
  • Unconfined Aquifer
  • Semi-Confined Aquifer
  • Perched Aquifer
  • Properties And Parameters Of Aquifers
  • Glacio Hydrogeology

    9. Applied Geology
  • Groundwater Management
  • Mining
  • Engineering
  • Geotourism
  • Geological Surveys

Please Note:  Each lesson concludes with an assignment that is marked by your tutor and returned to you along with any tailored suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

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