GEOS 1500 - SECTION #43365


LECTURE: M, W 9:00-9:50 AM,  ROOD 1104

Prof. Robb Gillespie


Discussion Sections:

Section      44007     44008       45632 43630 43629
Instructor  Seth Workman  Andrew Macleod  Seth Workman Andrew Macleod, Seth workman Andrew Macleod
Days:    Tuesday   Tuesday      Tuesday Thursday Thursday
Time: 10:00 11:20 a.m.  11:00 a.m. 12:20 pm  1:00 2:20 p.m. 11:00 - 12:20 pm 11:00 - 12:20 pm
Room:   1008 classroom     1214 classroom  1214 classroom 1214 classroom 1214 classroom
Building:   Wood Hall   Wood Hall  Wood Hall Wood Hall Wood Hall


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Exam 3 grades and exempt list for final posted.


Exam Grades


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Class Links

Activity: Nature of Science

The (2007) class has agreed upon the following statements that we believe describe the nature of science:

1. There is a generally accepted process to doing science, but not a single scientific method.

2. Although science is based on evidence (and theories and laws), it cannot be used to answer every question.

3. Imagination and creativity play a significant role in the work of a scientist.

4. Scientific laws and theories are open to debate and can be changed.

5. Cultural, historical, and social bias can play a significant role in scientific activities.

6. Scientific knowledge is a product of both observation and inference.


Activity: Impact Scenarios

Use the Earth Impacts Effect Program to investigate what would happen if a comet or asteroid struck the earth.


Activity: Restless Mountain: Handout -- Grading Criteria

Long Valley Observatory, USGS:


Activity: La Conchita Landslide in the news:

March 2006 to October 2008, News articles on the court cases regarding the 2005 La Conchita, CA, Landslide:


Supplemental Information

Three major government agencies monitor natural hazards in the US:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

International hazard monitoring and mitigation information and links:
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

Links to recent disasters:

ReliefWeb Click on the 'Latest Natural Disasters' for a year-to-date list of events this group has responded to.

Lusi, Indonesia, mud volcano 'caused by drilling' (2006-2008, ongoing):

Oct 7, 2008 - For the first time, scientists predict an asteroid's impact.

NASA Near Earth Object Program - News item with images:

ABC News story: 


Links to earth hazards by topic:

General US and International Hazard Information and Programs: USGS Natural Hazards Gateway: general information about natural hazards (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunami, volcanoes, and wildfires), specific to the US and world-wide. NOAA All-Hazards Monitoring webpage: links to information and recent activity for a variety of hazards in the US and world (earthquake, volcano, space weather, weather, tsunami, drought, flooding, etc.). UNISDR: information about world-wide natural hazard occurrence, monitoring, and mitigation. UNESCO natural hazard reduction programs and information about global hazards and disasters.  MODIS satellite monitoring. SCIER: The EU's monitoring network.

More links at:

Impacts and Space Weather: NASA Near Earth Object Program: comprehensive information about the search program for near-earth objects, including lists of NEO's and possibility of impacts NASA Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazards website with information and links to near-earth orbiting bodies. Current Events: NOAA space weather site with links to monitoring and forecasting of space phenomena that affect earth.

Volcanoes: USGS Volcano Hazards Program: comprehensive information about volcanic hazards, monitoring, and mitigation. Links to active US and world-wide volcanic activity. Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program: database of world-wide volcanoes currently active, dormant, or active in the last 12,000 years. Volcanic Ash modeling & monitoring.

Earthquakes: USGS Earthquake Hazard Program: comprehensive information about earthquake hazards, monitoring, and mitigation. Links to recent US and world-wide earthquakes. National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: focus on monitoring and mitigation of earthquake hazards.

A news story of  a recently discovered fault (separate from New Madrid) near a gas pipeline that could trigger a magnitude 7 earthquake: 


Tsunami: NOAA National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program: comprehensive information about tsunami hazards, monitoring, and mitigation in the US. NOAA's tsunami information page. USGS links to tsunami hazard information. UNESCO International Tsunami Information Centre: world-wide tsunami monitoring and mitigation information. Links to tsunami warning centers (Pacific, Indian, Hawai'i, Caribbean).

Landslides: USGS National Landslide Hazard Program: comprehensive information about landslide hazards in the US, and links to world-wide landslide hazards. International Landslide Centre has information about large landslide events

Floods: NOAA flood monitoring and warning programs for the US USGS links to flood hazard information. International Flood Network gives information about world-wide recent flood events.


CITATION STYLES  MLA style citations.  On-line newspapers and web pages are toward the bottom of the page.  Note that the first date is the copyright/print date; the second date refers to the date the web page was viewed/accessed. Harvard style citations -- this style is more often used in science papers.  Note the links at the bottom of the page for specific examples of websites and newspaper articles.  




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