Geog 107 - Our Dynamic Earth

Spring, 2019

Important Dates:

26 March (tues): classes start

1 April - end of drop/add

16 April. EXAM 1 (tues)

24 April: last day to withdraw, 50% refund

9 May, EXAM 2 (thursday)

10 May - uncontested withdraw deadline.

27 May - no class, Memorial day

31 May, last day of class

7 June, 8-10AM. Final Exam





Important Files


  • Caleb Valko. Hours 12-1 tues/thursday. Library tutoring center. Please make use of this service, he's there to help you understand the material.


  • Week 1: went over syllabus and stuff. Study tips. Demo of Google Earth and assigned lab 1. Started in on earth-sun relationships.
  • Week 2: Weather, fronts, and hurricanes. Ozone
  • Week 3: Oceans. Started Climate change
  • Week 4: Finished a tiny bit of climate change. Acid Rain. Tectonics
    • Exam. Tuesday, 16 April. Covers everything through climate change.
    • Q&A session. Monday, 15 April. 4 PM in our classroom - or another room on the first floor. Look around.
  • Week 5: Volcanos, volcano pics, earthquakes
  • Week 6: Earthquakes. Geology of WA. Sculpted by Flood, Water
  • Week 7: Water. Groundwater.
    • Exam. Thursday, 9 May.
    • Q&A session wed, 8 May at 4PM.
  • Week 8: Finished groundwater, weathering. Mass Wasting. Mineral Resources
  • Week 9: Finished mineral resources. Glaciers (no tutor available this week in library)
  • Week 10: Finished Glaciers. Karst, Deserts
  • Week 11: final exam Friday, 7 June 8-10 AM.

Lab Exercises

  • Lab 1: Intro to Google Earth. Avian Flu file HERE. Work through this lab and answer the questions. Then take the online (Canvas) quiz. Quiz must be completed by midnight wed, 4 April.
  • Lab 2: Weather and climate on Google Earth. Open the lab itself and the data and start working with step 1, part C. Put your answers on this answer sheet. When done, go online and do the quiz. Online quiz due at midnight on wednesday, 10 April. If you want, there's also a small ppt which goes along with the lab that might help explain some of the concepts.
  • Lab 3: Temperature, humidity, and precipitation. Online quiz due monday, 15 April. Midnight.
  • Lab 4: Tectonics. The data you need is here. Online quiz due 25 April. Midnight.
  • Lab 5: Tsunamis. Work through it. Original source data is here: one and two. The quiz is online and must be completed by midnight on .
  • Lab 6: Fluvial stuff. Data is here. Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on . But you might want to actually do it prior to the exam, but after we talk about drainage patterns, as it covers material that will be on the exam.
  • Lab 7: Ecological Calculator. File must be submitted on Canvas by midnight. Note, no quiz - answer the questions and turn in a word document containing said answers. Hmmm...
  • Lab 8: Glaciers. Data is HERE. Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on

In the News (sample version)

Do the following:
1. Outline the paper (in outline format, about 1/2 a page). Examples of outline format at 1, 2, 3.
2. Summarize the main points of the article (at least one paragraph, depending on the complexity of the paper) and how the info in the article might relate to other papers, lectures, other readings, your own experience, etc… In other words, show that you have thought about the article, not just rehashed the last paragraph or two. About half a page.

When grading outlines, I ask the question 'did the student read the paper.'

When grading summaries, I ask the question 'did the student think about the paper.' In short, if all the information in the summary is in the paper, I cannot give full credit.

note, for the curious, the New Yorker article that started the whole frenzy is at

  • News 6: Due friday, 10 May
  • News 7: due friday, 17 May.
  • News 8: Due Friday, 24 May.
  • News 9: Due Friday, 31 May.

Online Quizzes:

Remember the online quizzes every week. They will be posted on Canvas every friday afternoon and will be due by midnight that coming Sunday. They will cover a handful of topics covered during the previous week.

Extra Credit