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.


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 tuesday, 5 feb. 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 8 February.
  • Lab 6: Fluvial stuff. Data is here. Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on wed, 20 feb. 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, 27 Feb. 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 thursday, 7 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 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.