Geog 107 - Our Dynamic Earth

Winter, 2018

Important Dates:

3 January (wed): classes start

9 Jan - end of drop/add

15 Jan - No class, MLK day.

26 January. EXAM 1

1 Feb: last day to withdraw, 50% refund

16 Feb - uncontested withdraw deadline. EXAM 2

19 Feb - no class, President's day

9 March, last day of class

14 March, 8-10AM. Final Exam





Important Files


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 Sunday, 7 January.
  • Lab 2: Weather and climate on Google Earth.
  • Lab 3: Temperature, humidity, and precipitation. Online quiz due Wednesday, 24 January before midnight.
  • Lab 4: Tectonics. The data you need is here. Online quiz due tuesday, 6 February before midnight.
  • Lab 5: Tsunamis. Work through it. Original source data is obtainable both through the lab and the following files: one and two. The quiz is online and must be completed by midnight on sunday, 11 February.
  • Lab 6: Fluvial stuff. Data is here. Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on sunday, 18 Feb.
  • Lab 7: Ecological Calculator. File must be submitted on Canvas by midnight, wed, 28 Feb.
  • Lab 8: Glaciers. Data is HERE. Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on friday, 9 March

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

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 this talk by Gina McCarthy on 6 February at 6:00PM. Provide a 1 page writeup which is half outline, half "summary" (what you thought about the talk). Basically, an "in the news" only for this talk. Due in class on wed, 7 Feb. Worth 1% of extra credit added to your