Geog 107 - Our Dynamic Earth

Winter, 2017

Important Dates:

4 January (wed): classes start

10 Jan - end of drop/add

16 Jan - No class, MLK day.

27 January. EXAM 1

2 Feb: last day to withdraw, 50% refund

17 Feb - uncontested withdraw deadline. EXAM 2

20 Feb - no class, President's day

10 March, last day of class

17 March, 8-10AM. Final Exam

 

 

 

 

Important Files

Lectures

  • Week 1: went over syllabus and stuff. Started in on earth-sun relationships. Dead computer killed one day of class..
  • Week 2: finished earth-sun, did Weather, fronts, and a bit of Ozone.
  • Week 3: Finishing up Ozone and moving into Hurricanes and Oceans. No class monday (or wed, snow). Introduction to global warming
  • Week 4: More global warming. Q&A session Thursday at 4 in Dean 202. Exam friday.
  • Week 5: Cane Toads on monday. Moving into Acid Rain. Then on to tectonics. A start to volcanos
  • Week 6: continued volcanos. Second batch of volcanos. And on to earthquakes. Geology of WA. And then Water.
  • Week 7: Finished up water, started groundwater.
    • Exam Q&A session. Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 in Dean 214
    • Wednesday - That Dam Class (material will be on the final)
    • Thursday, class cancelled. Professor and student at a conference.
    • Exam friday. 20% will be material pulled from the first exam. Plus all material covered post exam 1 and prior to That Dam Class.
  • Week 8: finished groundwater. Did weathering and Mass wasting. Started mineral resources.
  • Week 9: Finished mineral resources. Glaciers. And Karst
  • Week 10: Oil and gas, Deserts, and a brilliant lecture on my Australian research (not on the exam)....
  • Week 11: Q&A session Wednesday, 15 March from 3-4 in Dean 214. The final will cover all lectures from drainage patterns to the end of the quarter (groundwater, Dams, weathering, mass wasting, mineral resources, glaciers, karst, oil and gas, and deserts).

Lab Exercises

  • Lab 1: Intro to Google Earth. Avian Flu file HERE. Download THIS word document and put all the answers on it. Only use this answer sheet if you want any credit. Turn in via Canvas. Due Sunday, 8 January.
  • Lab 2: Weather and climate on Google Earth.
  • Lab 3: Tectonics. And the required GE data. The quiz is online and must be completed by midnight n tuesday, 7 February.
  • Lab 4: Tsunamis. Work through it. The quiz is online and must be completed by midnight on wednesday, 15 February.
  • Lab 5: Fluvial stuff. Data is here. Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on monday, 27 Feb.
  • Lab 6: glaciers. Data is here. Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on sunday, 5 March.
  • Lab 7: Story Maps! Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on friday, 10 March

In the News (sample version)

For EACH paper, do the following:
1. Outline the paper (in outline format, about 1/2 a page). Examples of outline format at 1, 2, 3.
2. Summarise 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 7: Due Friday, 17 February
  • News 8: due friday, 3 March.
  • News 9: due friday, 10 March.

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:

  • Attend Darwin Days lecture (Galapagos Islands talk). Tuesday, 14 February. 4:00 in Dean 104. Take notes and do a standard "in the news" writeup. Writeups will be due as hardcopy by the start of class on 15 February. Worth up to 1% added to your final grade.
  • Attend this lecture on 27 January. Take notes and do a standard "in the news" writeup. Writeups will be due as hardcopy by the start of class on 30 January. Worth up to 1% added to your final grade.
  • Read THIS. Doing this work will add up to 3% onto your final grade. But it's significant work and there are multiple deadlines.