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What is Earth Science?

Earth Science is the study of the Earth and its neighbors in space. It is an exciting science with many interesting and practical applications. Some Earth scientists use their knowledge of the Earth to locate and develop energy and mineral resources. Others study the impact of human activity on Earth’s environment, and design methods to protect the planet. Some use their knowledge about Earth processes such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes to plan communities that will not expose people to these dangerous events.

Lesson 1 (or “Day 1”) Material
Lesson 2 (or “Day 2”) Material
Lesson 3 (or “Day 3”) Material
Lesson 4 (or “Day 4”) Material

4:44 Introduction to Earth Science

2:36 Plate Tectonics Explained

3:12 Weather 101


Compare Contrast and Debate

Background: Earth is unique from other planets. It is possible to study Earth as simply another planet – or as unique from other planets.

  • Position A: Earth is a unique planet and must be studied separately from all other planets for the best understanding.
  • Position B: While yes, Earth is unique, it should be studied as one of many planets for a full understanding.

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Special Notes and Notices

Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Ask questions and define problems.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Scale, Proportion, and Quantity.

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