Natural Hazards and Catastrophes

Class Assignments

Lab Assignments


Class Assignments

Read Chapter 3, p. 35-63: *Due Thursday, April 12: questions on p. 63:  1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15

Read Chapter 4, p. 64-98:  * Due Tuesday April 17: questions on p. 98: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10

Week 5     Read Chapter 5. Answer all the questions but 2 and 12 on p. 126. Note the terms in the "important words..." list as you read the chapter. Your instructor will attending the Hydrogeology Symposium and the Geological Society of America Cordilleran meeting Tuesday through Friday May 1-4. In lieu of classes, the assignments listed below are due on Monday May 7:. The handout sheets on those field trips are posted at the Moodle site for this class. We will have our next test on Wednesday, May 9. The test will focus mainly on tsunami and paleoseismology (what we learned about in the recent video on "The Earthquake Hunters").

a)  Video assignment (1) due Monday May 7:  Either by going to the Kirk Library at Centralia College and checking out a video or online, watch the Annenberg Earth Revealed video #13, Volcanism   Complete a video review using the video review form for your class at the Moodle Earth Sciences site or, if it works, this link to video review form. Directions for watching the videos online appears at the Annenberg link above. Itís easy to do. You just have to provide an email address and password that you use every time you log in.

b) Go to the PNSN (Pacific NW Seismic Network) website. 1) Under "Latest PNW Quakes" link, find out how many quakes have occurred during the past 2 weeks (there is a link to a list of quakes under the map). 2) Record the time and date you looked. 3) What was the deepest earthquake?  4) What was the shallowest earthquake  5) Describe the distribution of earthquakes in your own words--are there any patterns or trends? 6) Go the link on Pacific NW hazards to see an "executive summary" of Pacific NW earthquake hazards. This may be a useful link to mark for future reference.

c) Considering what you just read, take a few minutes to read Brian Atwater et al's Surviving a tsunami.... 1) Does this information apply to Washington and Oregon? Why   2) What should you do if you are in Westport and you feel the shaking of a very large earthquake?  

Week 6.  Read Chapter 7 on Volcanism. Do questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, and 11. on page 186. Due on May 21st.

Week 7.  Read Chapter 8 on Landslides and other downslope movements ("mass wasting"). Do questions 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, and 15. Due Friday May 25.


Lab Assignments

When using the AGI Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology (version 7), two can share a lab book. Please do not write in the book. Write all answers on a separate piece of paper.

First, second, and third weeks: Lab 1B, question 6 (p. 22), conversions

                  Lab 2A, p. 31: on a separate piece of paper, fill in the blank blocks of Fig. 2.4 and do 1 & 3 (p. 33-35)

                  Lab 2D. p. 42.

Week 4 lab: We will do lab 4 in the AGI Lab Manual, Rock-forming Processes and the Rock Cycle.  Lab 4 on rocks and rock cycle  NOTE: I have put some of the AGI lab manuals on reserve in the library until Monday May 7.

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