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The frozen planet

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This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the seasons; reading and understanding graphs and maps; and how the Arctic and Antarctic regions are defined.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the core concepts in physics, biology, chemistry, geology and basic mathematics that underpin our understanding of the polar world
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the processes and interactions (physical, biological, chemical and geological) which shape the polar environment at different temporal and spatial scales
  • express concepts in an objective and factually correct way
  • make sense of information presented in different ways, including textual, numerical or graphical material.

By: The Open University

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The frozen planet

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The parts of our planet that are covered with ice – the so-called frozen planet – have captured human imagination for thousands of years. Restricted to high mountains and towards the poles, they have low human populations but have been the focus of interest from nations, explorers, business people and scientists. In this course the discussion will concentrate on the largest component of the frozen planet, which is closest to the poles: the Arctic to the north and the Antarctic to the south.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course S175 The frozen planet [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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