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Earth Science Week 2014: Our Geoheritage

Earth Science Week 2014: Our Geoheritage Creative commons image Credit: Chris Lofqvist under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Celebrate the geological phenomena that have rocked this world with Earth Science Week running from 13th to 19th October 2014.

All you need to know about Iceland’s volcanic eruption

All you need to know about Iceland’s volcanic eruption Creative commons image Credit: Sparkle Motion under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Sep 2014
Will the disruption caused by Eyjafjallajökull's ash cloud in 2010 be repeated in Iceland's latest volcanic eruption?

Fracking: How much gas and what about the water

Fracking: How much gas and what about the water Creative commons image Credit: By US Geological Survey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Sep 2013
Just how much gas is available by the process of fracking, and what volume of water is required?

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Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology

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Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This unit introduces you to the techniques used by science students at residential...

Mountain building in Scotland

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Advanced level Duration 30 hours Updated 10 Oct 2012
Some of Britain’s most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands. The sight of mighty Ben Nevis, the desolate plateau of the...

Plate Tectonics

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Apr 2012
Plate tectonics is an earth sciences topic that attracts a good deal of interest, given that it a topic very often featured in popular science...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Nov 2014
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Nov 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

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Duration 3000 hours Updated 01 Nov 2014
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...