Course title:
Challenges to the Planet: Super Volcanic Eruptions
Andrew Browning
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Mon 01 Nov 2021 19:00 PM - 20:30 PM 1.5
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 1.5
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 1.5
Mon 01 Nov 2021
19:00 PM - 20:30 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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£7.90 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
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This course is for beginners
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This is an introductory lecture and as such no prior knowledge is required
Course aim:
An introduction to basic tectonic processes which form volcanoes, and a more detailed look at historical super volcanoes, their eruptions, and the destruction they will cause when they erupt again.
Course description:
Volcanoes have been a constant feature on the surface of the earth for millions of years. They are a very visible reminder of the dynamic nature of our earth, provide us with thermal energy and fertile soils and significantly contribute to our atmosphere which allows us to live on our planet. However they also have a darker side - with even the most modest of volcanoes erupting with a force several magnitudes larger than anything human beings are capable of creating. We have several historical examples of super volcanoes which have erupted with such force they have permanently changed the earth's climate, caused widespread extinctions of plants and animals, and even changed the spin and rotation of the planet! The best part is, these super volcanoes are not confined to the past - they still exist and are very much still active, ready to erupt literally at any moment! If you want to know more, this talk may well be for you...!
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Understand the basic structure of the planet and the formation of volcanoes
2. Comprehend the impacts of some of the historical super volcanic eruptions that we know about.
3. Hypothesise what might happen if a super volcano were to erupt now...
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