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GEOLOGY 100 – PHYSICAL GEOLOGY

PART A. LOCAL GEOLOGY

Parts A, B, and C should be submitted as a single document to your Final Exam assignment folder.

Discuss and describe the geology of your region and location (state and local area, or country and local area – if you are overseas). Make sure you address the following topics in geologic relation to your region:

· Location (absolute – latitude & longitude – and – relative location in relation to global or national setting)

· Tectonic plate setting

· Plate boundary location

· Terrain or topography description

· Past or present glaciation

· Natural hazards

· Bedrock and surface material

· Mineral and energy resources

· Drainage basin and groundwater

· Water quantity and quality

You may use materials from the textbook and internet sources, including the USGS, state geological offices, scientific organizations, and local government offices, but all sources must be cited in proper APA-style. Feel free to use graphics (graphs, maps, diagrams, photos, satellite images, etc) where appropriate to support your descriptions of the local geology. Do not cut-and-paste as the study must be in your own words.

PART B. VOLCANOES (10%)

Refer to Chapter 6 in your textbook to complete this section of the Final Exam. The student should also read and review Chapters 3 and 5 from the textbook, and may also use outside or online sources, including those listed in the course Webliography. Sources must be listed in proper APA-style citations, including the textbook. Below is a matrix (only the first line is included here) that may be used for your answers, but another form may be substituted.

Choose three volcanoesone composite volcano, one shield volcano, and one caldera – and complete the data requested in the matrix below. Then write a short essay on each one, describing the plate tectonic setting, common igneous rocks found there, and the eruptive history of the volcano. When was the last eruption or activity, what is the potential for future eruptions, and what is the population distribution in the area within the volcano’s hazard zone? Feel free to use graphics (graphs, maps, diagrams, photos, satellite images, etc.) where appropriate to support your descriptions and discussion.

Volcano or Volcanic Range Name

Location

Elevation

Type of Volcano:

Composite

Shield

or

Caldera

Eruption Status:

Active

Dormant

or

Extinct

Main Hazards

PART C. GLACIERS

Refer to Chapter 14 (esp. Sec. 14.0 and 14.9 through 14.18) in your textbook to complete this section of the Final Exam. The student should also review Chapter 13 (Sec. 13.10 through 13.13) from the textbook, and may use outside or online sources, including those in the course Webliography. Sources must be listed with proper APA-style citations, including the textbook. Below is a matrix that may be used for your answers, but another form may be substituted.

Choose three glacierstwo alpine glaciers (also called mountain or valley glaciers) and one ice sheet – and complete the matrix (only first line is included here) below, but another form may be substituted. Then write a short essay on the connections between glaciers and climate change, and glaciers and sea level change. Why are glaciers one of the best forms of evidence for climate change? Feel free to use graphics (graphs, maps, diagrams, photos, satellite images, etc.) where appropriate to support your descriptions and discussion.

Location

Glacier or Ice Cap Name

Ice Elevation Range

Type of Glacier:

Alpine Glacier

or

Ice Sheet

Status of Ice:

Advancing

Stable

or

Retreating

Approximate Length and Thickness of the ice

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