Geog 107 - Our Dynamic Earth

Winter, 2019

Important Dates:

3 January (thurs): classes start

9 Jan - end of drop/add

21 Jan - No class, MLK day.

25 January. EXAM 1

1 Feb: last day to withdraw, 50% refund

15 Feb - uncontested withdraw deadline. EXAM 2

18 Feb - no class, President's day

9 March, last day of class

13 March, 8-10AM. Final Exam





Important Files


  • Caleb Valko. Hours: Tuesday 12-1 and Thursday 2-3. 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: Continued Earth-sun. Moved into Weather, fronts, and hurricanes
  • Week 3: Continued Hurricanes..... Ozone and Oceans. Started Climate change
  • Week 4: No class monday. . EXAM FRIDAY!
  • Week 5:Finished up climate change. Acid rain. Tectonics, Went over exam. Volcanos, volcano pics
  • Week 6: Volcanos. Earthquakes. Geology of WA. Water
  • Week 7: Continued Water. Groundwater.
    • Wed 3:00-4:00. Q&A session.
    • EXAM FRIDAY. Will include all of climate change, acid rain, tectonics...through whatever was covered wed of this week).
  • Week 8: finished groundwater. weathering. Mass Wasting. Mineral Resources
  • Week 9: Finished mineral resources. Glaciers
  • Week 10: Finished Glaciers. Karst,, Deserts
  • Week 11: final exam wed, 13 March 8-10.

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 thursday, 10 Jan.
  • 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 monday, 21 Jan. If you want, there's also a small ppt which goes along with the lab.
  • Lab 3: Temperature, humidity, and precipitation. Online quiz due thursday, 24 Jan. Midnight.
  • Lab 4: Tectonics. The data you need is here. Online quiz due
  • 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
  • Lab 6: Fluvial stuff. Data is here. Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on
  • Lab 7: Ecological Calculator. File must be submitted on Canvas by midnight,
  • 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.

  • News 1. due friday, 11 January
  • News 2: Due friday, 18 January And if you're interested, here's a followup article (completely optional)
  • News 3: Due Friday, 25 January
  • News 4. Due Friday, 1 February. Note, as a followup, you can contrast recent news regarding pollution and climate change in China and the US. However, the only writeup due is the News 4 one.
  • News 5: Due Friday, 8 February.
  • News 6: There are two articles this week. I want a full page writeup for each (so, two writeups, but put them in ONE word document to submit): Due friday, 15 February

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

  • News 7: due friday, 22 Feb.
  • News 8: Due Friday, 1 March.
  • News 9: Due Friday, 8 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. The first shall be due on sunday, 13 Jan.

Extra Credit

Attend the Premiere Party for Nick on the Rocks. Take notes. Turn in (on canvas) by midnight on 25 January: 1/2 page outlines for each episode (like you do for the in-the-news stuff) and then a 1/2 to 1 page writeup detailing which bits you found the most interesting and why. 1% added to your final grade.