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An introduction to geology
An introduction to geology

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This free course was written by Anne Jay and Marcus Badger.

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Course image: Carlina Teteris; Getty Images

Figure 1.1: Diariocritico de Venezuela in Flickr. licenses/ by/ 2.0/

Figure 1.2: left to right:

Jorge Láscar in licenses/ by/ 2.0/;

Unsplash: from publicdomain/ zero/ 1.0/ deed.en,

Image: courtesy Liam Gumley, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the MODIS science team via NASA.

Figure 1.3: courtesy Dr Marcus Badger.

Figure 1.6: courtesy Dr Anne Jay.

Figure 1.7 and 1.8: Paul Martin / Alamy Stock Photo.

Figure 1.10: Eden, Janine and Jim in Flickr licenses/ by/ 2.0/.

Figure 1.14: Blatant World in flickr licenses/ by/ 2.0/

Figure 1.15: courtesy Dr Frances Jenner. – adapted with permission.

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Video 1.1: Introducing the course: © The Open University

Video 1.2: Three types of rock: © The Open University

Video 1.3: Identifying rocks: going into the field: © The Open University licenses/ by-nc-nd/ 3.0/

Video 1.4: The Earth's history in a day: © The Open University

Video 1.5: Magnetic reversal stripes: © The Open University