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Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This free course, Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology, introduces you to the techniques used by science students at residential schools. You will learn how to determine where rocks have come from and how they were made. You will also examine the processes involved in determining the ecology of a particular area.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- explain the difference between a mineral and a rock
- describe the textural differences between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
- account for these differences in terms of the processes that produce these rocks
- classify igneous rocks according to their grain size and mineralogical composition
- recognise the difference between a body fossil and a trace fossil.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Earth Sciences: reading the rocks
- 1.1 About this course
- 1.2 The Earth's crust
- 1.3 Minerals and rocks
- 1.4 The formation of igneous rocks
- 1.5 The formation of sedimentary rocks
- 1.6 The formation of metamorphic rocks
- 1.7 Interlude
- 1.8 Geological fieldwork
- 1.9 The rock cycle
- 1.10 Changing sea-level
- 1.11 Summary
- 2 What is ecology?
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Practising science: reading the rocks and ecology
This course introduces you to the types of activities undertaken by students of the earth sciences and ecology. You will learn how data is collected and analysed.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Geology courses or view the range of currently available OU Geology courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 24th March 2016
Last updated on: Thursday, 24th March 2016
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