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Mountains 101

12/05/2020 31/08/2020


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This free online course is offered by the University of Alberta.

Mountains 101­­ is a broad and integrated overview of the mountain world. This 12-lesson course covers an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on the physical, biological, and human dimensions of mountain places in Alberta, Canada, and around the world. Specifically, you'll study the geological origins of mountains, how they’re built-up and worn-down over time; you'll learn about their importance for biodiversity and water cycles, globally and locally; you'll explore their cultural significance to societies around the globe, and how that relationship has evolved over time; and you'll learn how mountains are used, how they’re protected, and how today they’re experiencing rapid change in a warming climate.

At the end of each lesson, Mountains 101 will also provide learners with some smart tricks -- Tech Tips -- to safely enjoy time in the high alpine environment: from how to pick the best footwear for hiking to making smart decisions in avalanche terrain. Your online lessons will be delivered from valley bottoms to mountaintops, from museums and labs, to alpine huts and other spectacular alpine sites, with the help of a whole host of experts.

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