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Geological processes in the British Isles
The landscape of the British Isles has undergone dramatic changes during the history of the Earth, from shallow sea to desert to the familiar terrain of the 21st century. In this free course, Geological processes in the British Isles, you will explore the processes that have shaped the British landscape over time, gaining insight into the geological evolution of the entire planet.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- summarise and identify descriptions of the principal features of the main lithotectonic units of the British Isles, namely the Precambrian Basement, the Caledonian Orogenic Belt, the Variscan Orogenic Belt, the Older Cover and the Younger Cover
- identify any of the main terranes making up the British Isles on the basis of a description of its age, main rock types, dominant structures, and plate tectonic setting.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Landscape formation
- 2 Geological time-scales – a brief review
- 3 A global view of Earth history
- 4 Plate tectonics reviewed
- 4 Plate tectonics reviewed
- 4.1 Introduction
- 4.2 Revealing past plate tectonic events
- 4.3 Continental extension
- 4.4 Closure of an ocean
- 4.5 How wide were the oceans?
- 4.6 Continental collision
- 5 The main lithotectonic units of the British Isles
- 6 Conclusion
- 7 Course questions
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