watch three Environmental videos. To earn the credit, you must
email a two-page report (single space, 12-point font) on those facts presented in the
documentary in bullet format for each movie. Each bullet is a coherent sentence that gives names,
concepts, and places. Use the pause button to give you time to write your bullet sentence.
This is the bullet format for each video :
List all the points and subpoints in the videos. then conclusion paragraph discuss opinion and what was learned.
• Main point
• Main point
• Main point
• Main point
Conclusion paragraph (Here is where you discuss what you have learned and your opinion on the content of
Blue Gold Water Wars: It doesn’t really matter what your stance is regarding environmental, religious, or political issues; if you go without water for a week, you cry blood. When we search the universe for life, we search for water because as far as we know, all living things need water to survive.
Freedom Fuels: Freedom Fuels, takes an in-depth look at renewable fuel sources, such as bio-diesel, ethanol and vegetable oil. It explores the interaction of the petroleum industry and alternative fuels over the last 150 years, and examines the global impact that bio-fuels can have on our future
A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms: A heart-stopping new documentary, A RIVER OF WASTE exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices as “mini Chernobyls.
PLEASE USE ONLY THESE VIDEOS AS THE SOURCES. 2 PAGE EACH VIDEO. TOTAL OF 6 PAGES
Introduction: For this assignment, you will research and discuss a geologic event and the impact it had on the environment, people, and/or society.
It can be a geologic event that occurred at any time in history (so, the 1906 earthquake, 79 C.E. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, etc.)
Your Paper will be ~1200-1600 words, double-spaced, 12-pt Font, 1 ” margins.
It should include a brief introduction and conclusion as well as body paragraphs with headings. Include a title page and an abstract (see the APA guidelines link for more info on how to write an abstract). The word count does not include the abstract.
You will be discussing all important aspects of the event including geologic/tectonic setting, the event itself, hazards, damage, what was learned, etc.
What you write about will, of course, depend on the topic you choose, so what you write about will be dictated by what the research turns up.
You will need a minimum of 5 sources.
Your sources must be reliable and reputable.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles are great as long as you understand them and can share the information in your own words, but appropriate websites (like USGS, NOAA, NSF, National Geographic, University Websites, etc.) are also acceptable.
Purpose: To investigate real-world geologic processes and the effects they have on humans and society. The secondary purpose is to familiarize you with scientific writing and the use of APA-style.
Choosing a topic:
For this assignment, you will research some type of geologic process that we have discussed or will discuss in this class e.g. An Earthquake, a volcanic eruption, Mudflow/Landslide, Effects of Climate Change, Formation of some geologic wonder like Yosemite, or any other topic of interest to you.
It just needs to be geology-related and impactful/important to humans/society. At this point, hopefully, you have an idea of what is considered a geologic process and what is not, but please ask for clarification if you are not sure.
The topic you choose should be impactful, meaning that it actually affected the lives of people in a significant way or contributed to greater understanding in a significant way. ( so a magnitude 3 earthquake in LA that had no damage and was barely felt would not be a good topic. A larger magnitude earthquake that triggered landslides in Northern India and affected thousands would be an impactful/important topic.) Feel free to ask me if you aren’t sure!
Be clear, concise, and organized. Your summary should be brief, but informative while demonstrating an understanding of your topic. Organize your paper into paragraphs each with a clear purpose. You will be using APA-style headings for your intro, conclusion, and body paragraphs.
Use Scientific Writing. You are reporting facts/information gathered from your sources but in your own words. Do not say refer to self or “you” E.g.; “I researched…” or “You will learn…”. Writing should be clear and concise and should avoid redundancy.
Minimize Direct Quotes In scientific writing it is usually, if not always, possible to put the information you are conveying into your own words so please do so. Points will be deducted for excessive/misuse of quotes. You still site the information you are sharing with APA-style in-text citations (see below).
***You need a minimum of 5 different sources for the assignment. Pretty Straightforward- 5 different media sources or Journal Articles, or reliable websites that describe the geologic setting (no Wikipedia). You will use APA in-text citations and include your references at the end. If you aren’t familiar with APA-style, visit one of the links below (or do a search on your own).
***It is required that you have both a reference page and in-text citations in your paper. Without them, the paper is considered plagiarized as you are not crediting your sources for the information.
For any additional questions on formatting, defer to APA-style: https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/paper-format
Please write a 3-page reflection paper (1″ margins, 12-pt font, 1.5 line spacing) about how this course has changed the way you think about the Earth. There’s no outside research to do…just tell me what topics you’ve most enjoyed learning about, and why, and how your improved understanding of geology has changed your perspective or your attitude about the Earth. Some possible ideas to pursue in your paper include:
Compare what you thought you understood about geology vs. what you now understand. Think about various misconceptions you had about the Earth that have been cleared up. For example, before taking my first geology course, I never really thought much about how mountains are made. After my first course, I came to appreciate that mountain building (like everything else in geology!) is best understood in terms of plate tectonic theory.
Discuss how, specifically, plate tectonic theory can be used to make sense of 4 or 5 different topics you’ve learned about this semester. For example, how can earthquakes, volcanism, the rock cycle, mountain building, and mass movement be explained in terms of plate tectonic theory?
Why does geology matter? Discuss your own reasons. My former geology professor, Dr. Doug McDougal, published a book (Links to an external site.) on this topic a few years back…click on the link for ideas 🙂
I emphasize that the above examples are just suggestions. Be creative! I’d like to know why this course has mattered to you. Don’t just summarize what you’ve learned this semester, tell me how what you’ve learned has changed your perception of our planet. Think of this assignment as sort of like composing a long BLOG post. Try to convince me (your audience) that this course has meant something to you–whatever that looks like for you, personally.
How I’ll grade this assignment:
Full or nearly full credit for a paper that is 3 full pages in length and effectively written, without numerous typos or grammatical mistakes.
Partial credit for a paper that is less than 3 full pages or one that is ineffectively written, with numerous typos or grammatical mistakes.
Some ideas you can include are plate tectonics and explain on what was so intresting about it, Plate boundaries, Minerals, Igenous rocks, How volacnoes work, Mechanical weathering process, Sedimentary rocks, Metamorphic rocks, Eartquakes,Seismic waves
The place I choose for my tour is Nigeria
Please follow the instructions on the word document I attached to this order. Please make sure to do exactly what professor has instructed. Please double check for plagiarism before you send me the final work!!
Please right click on the links to Open the hyperlink for the Youtube videos, Please CITE if you get any information online or Youtube. ( The video links are in the Word Document I attached to this order)
Building design in earthquake prone regions: American vs Japanese Models
Read the New York Times article: Buildings Can Be Designed to Withstand Earthquakes (Attached)
Research the topic of Earthquake Building Design to find more information. Use peer reviewed, professional research papers.
Write a persuasive letter to a government official to convince them that one model is better than the other for your community. Consider one of two scenarios:
Convince government officials to change building codes by arguing that the Japanese philosophy on structural design is safer, less expensive, and better for your community.
Your letter should have a typical letter format:
Opening paragraph – Why are you writing?
Body – State both sides with supporting data.
Closing – Clearly restate your position with a major reason.
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR HOME RETURN ADDRESS
DO NOT INCLUDE A COVER PAGE OR RUNNING HEADER
Your letter should be an absolute maximum of two pages, single spaced.
You must cite at least three articles using in-text citations in APA format. One of the citations can be the NY Times article provided. An APA reference list should be included on a separate page.
Watch the videos listed below and explore the websites. These give fun visual explorations of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Indiana University videos give brief explanations of the geographies of population, language, and religion, particularly in South America. This is a region where the relationship between the physical geography and geographies of settlement and culture are integrally related. This is also a region that is vulnerable to natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes.
Write a minimum 5-paragraph essay that discusses the relationship between the physical environment and the human geographies of the region. You can write a general overview or select one particular region and do a case study. If you use any websites other than the ones listed above, please list the citations. You can discuss the urban geographies, cultural geographies, economic geographies–any aspect of the human geography–as long as you demonstrate its relationship to the physical geography of the region you selected. Do not simply describe the physical and human geographies. You are not writing an encyclopedia entry. You are critically considering how physical and human geographies are inter-related.
Please right click on each link and Open Hyperlink.
Websites to explore (not videos):
Instructions on how to complete this initial discussion post are as follows: Your local resource (Connecticut) : Focus on one of your local geology resources (i.e. fossil fuel resources, mining, water, soil, wind, solar, hydroelectric, etc) and answer three questions about the resource:
How is this resource currently being used in your area? Be specific! Find data on your resource using at least one reliable (scholarly or government) resource.
What are the environmental effects due to the use of this resource in your area? Be specific! Find data on your resource using at least one reliable (scholarly or government) resource.
How can we mitigate any negative effects that might be caused due to the use of this resource in your area? Be specific! Find data on your resource using at least one reliable (scholarly or government) resource.
Make sure to properly cite all of your sources in APA format. Your initial post needs to be at least 500 words in length.
*Make sure to properly cite your scholarly sources in APA format.
Step 1: Download the excel file that has Historical Stage data for Big Creek in Hays, KS, and Precipitation for Hays, KS. In addition, there is a tab that also contains historical photographs of Hays, KS.
Question 1: Compare the plots that show the monthly stage and annual stage of Big Creek.
Why do these look so different?
Look at the data that generates these plots, do all years contain the same number of months as data points? What effect could this have on your average Annual Stage for Big Creek?
Question 2: Compare monthly precipitation to Annual precipitation plots for Hays, KS.
Why are these plots so different?
Are there any discrepancies between the data? If so, what are they?
Question 3: Compare Precipitation to Stage of Big Creek. Use both Monthly and Annual Plots
Are there any relationships between the monthly precipitation and the monthly stage of Big Creek in Hays Kansas? If so, what are they?
What relationship exists between annual precipitation in Hays Kansas and the Annual average stage of Big Creek?
Are there any factors that can affect the stage of Big Creek that is not related to the amount of precipitation that fell?
Answer the questions below.
What unstable isotope would be best to refine the date of bones found in a cave hearth built by humans between 30,000 and 50,000 years ago?
We find samples of an igneous rock demonstrate it has been through 4 half-lives. The test element has a half-life of 150 million years. How old is the rock?
Argue for or against the following: A stone tool fashioned from a chunk of obsidian yields a date of 5,000,000 years old, therefore, the tool was made by a human 5,000,000 years ago.
You are trying to figure out the age of what is thought to be a very old fossil with a volcanic ash layer immediately above the fossil. We know the fossil is at least more than 250 million years old. Should we use carbon 14 to date the fossil, or uranium 238 to date the volcanic ash layer, and why?
If the parent isotope starts with 100 grams, but your samples yield only 12.5 grams of the parent isotope, how many half-lives have passed?
Mineral and Rock Identification:
For mineral and rock identification, you may convey your answers by way of a table or a sentence.
Part 1 – Using the following web link to Harwood’s mineral identification test, please identify numbers 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, and 19. Give a brief descriiption of each from the parameters that give you the box at the top of the screen saying you got it right (for the rocks, too). http://profharwood.x10host.com/GEOL101/Labs/Minerals/index.htm (Links to an external site.)
Part 2 – Using the following web link to Harwood’s igneous rock identification test, please identify numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11. Give a brief descriiption of each. http://profharwood.x10host.com/GEOL101/Labs/Igneous/index.htm (Links to an external site.)
Part 3 – Using the following web link to Harwood’s sedimentary rock identification test, please identify numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12. Give a brief descriiption of each. http://profharwood.x10host.com/GEOL101/Labs/Sediment/index.htm (Links to an external site.)
Part 4 – Using the following web link to Harwood’s metamorphic rock identification test, please identify all samples. Give a brief descriiption of each. http://profharwood.x10host.com/GEOL101/Labs/Metamorf/index.htm
Choose an active volcano from somewhere on Earth, from this online list: http://www.geo.mtu.edu/volcanoes/world.html In a well-crafted essay, cover all of the questions below. (Tip: Investigate your volcano online a bit before committing to it for this assignment; make sure there is sufficient information available about it, in English, for you to be able to meet the paper length requirement.)
What is the name of your volcano? How did it get that name?
Where on Earth is it located? (If possible, include a map.)
What kind of volcano is it?
How old is it? (if known)
What is its tectonic setting? Is it near a plate boundary? If so, which boundary, and how are the plates moving relative to each other?
When have its major eruptions taken place? What happened during those eruptions?
What kinds of rock has the volcano produced?
What is the likelihood this volcano will erupt again in our lifetimes? How dangerous might these future eruptions be?
Include at least one photograph of your volcano. Be sure to use APA format to document its source.
Share any other fascinating facts you have learned about your volcano.
2 pages in length not counting the title page or reference page