Unit Earth's Changing Surface

Landforms, like these buttes, are features on the Earth's surface that are part of the terrain.
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Earth science is an exciting field that includes exploring the Earth's crust and its landforms, and the geological processes that shape our planet's surface. From an engineering perspective, students learn about these Earth science concepts and explore them through hands-on activities.

Engineering Connection

Engineers use their knowledge of Earth science to design devices and processes that benefit our lives. Engineers help find and extract raw materials from the Earth's crust, which they use to help create the roads, vehicles, structures, electronics, chemicals, electricity, etc. that we use everyday. Civil engineers determine placement of our transportation infrastructure based on the geological conditions of an area. Engineers assess soil types and erosion factors prior to planning and erecting buildings, and analyze landforms in relation to mining, natural hazards and environmental protection issues.


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