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An introduction to geology
An introduction to geology

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Week 1: Building stone

Introduction to Week 1

In this free course, An introduction to geology, you will discover how your mobile phone is linked to the ocean floor and volcanoes, how the plastics industry makes use of tiny marine plants and animals, and why your kitchen worktop’s appearance is influenced by colliding continents.

Start by watching the video below, where course authors Anne Jay and Marcus Badger go into more detail about the material you will study.

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Video 1.1 Introducing the course
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In this first week of the course, you will learn about different types of rock, before finding and identifying some rocks near you. You’ll finish the week by looking at the rock cycle and plate tectonics.