EARTH SCIENCE ONLINE COURSE

How to Use This Course

The course files available on this webpage can be used in a variety of instructional settings (i.e. online, blended, flipped, face-to-face, etc.). WHRO has provided all of the course files and two learning management system import files. You can download selected sections or all of the sections of the course. View the directions for how to access and set up the course materials below. Please complete this form to get access to the course files for free. For technical support questions, please email us at environment@whro.org.

Course Information

  • Course Overview
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Instructor's Guide

  • Instructor's Guide
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Developmental Module

  • Developmental Module
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Module 1: What is Earth Science?

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: The Branches of Earth Science
  • Topic 2: Scientific Investigation
  • Topic 3: Measurement
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 2: Mapping

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: Mapping the World
  • Topic 2: Analyzing Maps
  • Topic 3: Topographic Maps
  • Topic 4: Satellite Imagery and the Global Positioning System
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 3: Astronomy – The Universe

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: Cosmology
  • Topic 2: Galaxies and the Milky Way
  • Topic 3: Stellar Evolution and Classification
  • Topic 4: The Electromagnetic Spectrum and the Doppler Effect
  • Topic 5: Telescopes and Other Tools
  • Topic 6: Early Astronomers
  • Topic 7: Modern Astronomy
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 4: Astronomy – The Solar System

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: The Formation of the Solar System
  • Topic 2: The Sun
  • Topic 3: The Terrestrial Planets
  • Topic 4: The Jovian Planets
  • Topic 5: Other Objects in the Solar System
  • Topic 6: Earth's Moon and Lunar Phases
  • Topic 7: Sun, Earth, and Moon Systems
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 5: Minerals

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: Matter
  • Topic 2: Minerals
  • Topic 3: Identification of Minerals
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 6: Rocks

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: Igneous Rocks
  • Topic 2: Sedimentary Rocks
  • Topic 3: Metamorphic Rocks
  • Topic 4: The Rock Cycle
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 7: Plate Tectonics and Earth's Structure

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: Earth's Structure
  • Topic 2: Plate Tectonics
  • Topic 3: Volcanoes
  • Topic 4: Earthquakes
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 8: Minerals

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: Weathering
  • Topic 2: Karst Topography
  • Topic 3: Soils
  • Topic 4: Erosion and Deposition
  • Topic 5: Surface Water
  • Topic 6: Groundwater
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 9: Earth's History

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: Relative Dating
  • Topic 2: Radiometric Dating
  • Topic 3: Geologic Time
  • Topic 4: Fossils
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 10: Resources and Virginia Geology

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
  • Topic 2: Fossil Fuel Energy Resources
  • Topic 3: Alternative Energy Resources
  • Topic 4: Virginia Geology and Resources
  • Topic 5: Virginia Watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 11: Meteorology

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: Earth's Atmosphere
  • Topic 2: Clouds and Precipitation
  • Topic 3: Weather and Climate
  • Topic 4: Weather Observations
  • Topic 5: Interpreting Weather Maps
  • Topic 6: Severe Weather
  • Topic 7: Changes in the Atmosphere
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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Module 12: Oceanography

  • Module Overview
  • Topic 1: The Blue Planet
  • Topic 2: Ocean Movement – Waves and Tides
  • Topic 3: Salinity and Ocean Circulation
  • Topic 4: Ocean Geomorphology
  • Topic 5: Ocean Life
  • Topic 6: Environmental, Economic, and Public Policy and the Oceans
  • Module Summary
  • Module Assessment
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