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SCI 245 Week 9 Final Project Factors and Forces of Geological Features
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• Choose a state or one of the following regions:

o Region 1: Interior Plain
o Region 2: Appalachian Highlands
o Region 3: Rocky Mountain System
o Region 4: Pacific Mountain System
o Region 5: Atlantic Plain

• Review the different regions at: http://tapestry.usgs.gov
• Create a 12- to 15-slide PowerPoint® presentation for your selected state or region.
• Address the following in your PowerPoint®:

o Describe the various geologic events that have occurred in your region.

o Describe the geological features and various types of rocks that formed in the area (for example, mountains, craters, canyons, volcanoes, fault lines, or folds).

o Choose one of these geological features to research. What is the most prevalent rock type of the feature? Describe the mineral composition of the rock type.

o How old is your geologic feature? Estimate the absolute age of the geological feature, and discuss methods used to determine the age.

o What geologic event created your chosen geological feature? Discuss the process of plate tectonics related to the formation.

o Discuss the significance of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks in your region.

o Discuss the type(s) of weathering and erosion processes that has most likely affected the physical appearance of your geological feature.

o Discuss any significant water, ocean, desert, or glacial feature(s) associated with your region, and the process involved with creating one of them.

o Discuss resources that are abundant in the region and the importance and economic value of this resource to the region or nation.

o In conclusion, discuss why you selected this geological feature for your PowerPoint® presentation.

o Include graphics.

o Include details in speaker notes.

o Use APA guidelines for citations and references.

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SCI 245 Week 9 Capstone CheckPoint
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Discuss in 200- to 300-words, the importance of the science of geology to us as a civilization. Provide at least two examples. For example, the ability to predict earthquakes and other disasters, or understanding mining and the use of natural resources.

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SCI 245 Week 8 DQ 1 And DQ 2
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Week 8 DQ 1

Geologic events, such as volcanic activity, play an important role in forming many of our valuable resources, such as fossil fuel, lead, copper, and gold. For example, fig. 15.21 on p. 476 of the textbook shows the role of basaltic magma in forming one of the most valuable ores to our civilization, chromium. Select an important ore mined in your state or region, and discuss how geologic events played a role in forming this ore. Discuss the importance of this ore in the economy of your selected area and the United States as a whole.

Week 8 DQ 2

Discuss a nonrenewable resource that you think will have the most significant impact to our lives if it is depleted. Explain your choice. Are there current efforts to conserve it? Provide an example of a person, place, or thing that utilizes a renewable resource.

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SCI 245 Week 8 CheckPoint Fossil Fuels and Minerals
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• Respond to the following in 300- to 350-words:

o Where do fossil fuels and minerals come from?
o Describe how at least one fossil fuel and mineral is formed from its source(s).

• Navigate to the following Web sites located on the student Web site to help in your research:

o Origin Energy Fossil Gallery Web site
o U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Terminology Reference System Web site

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SCI 245 Week 7 CheckPoint Water Impacts
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• Review the following Ch. 12 video, “Sinking England” on the student Web site.
• Review the following Web sites located on the student Web site:

o Wave Refraction animation
o Coastal Landforms

• Summarize the hydrologic cycle. How important is this cycle to Earth?

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SCI 245 Week 7 Assignment Deserts, Glaciers, and Climate
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• Review the following Ch. 13 video, “China Desert”: http://www.wiley.com/college/murck/0471747270/ngs_videos/china_desert/index.html

• Review the following animations on the student Web site:

o Types of Dunes animation
o Glacial Landforms animation

• Compare and contrast the geological features of a desert landscape and glacial landscape. Describe at least one process that creates the resulting landforms of each.

• Review pp. 402–410 on Global Climate Change. Respond to the following:

o Summarize the climate changes that have occurred from the past to the present.
o Predict what you think the Earth will look like into the 21st century. Consider the weather and changes in geological features.

• Respond in a minimum of 700 words in APA format.

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Week 6 DQ 1

o View the Understanding Faults animation on the student Web site.

o Describe the different types of faults and discuss at least one similarity and one difference between a fault and a fold.

o If the San Andreas Fault, located in California, is to continue its activity, what does the future look like for that area? What precautions should be taken?



Week 6 DQ 2

o What are the major differences between topographic and geologic maps?

o Refer to Figure 9.21 on p. 264 of the text. How would you determine the slope of the land surface in this figure? If you consider building a house in a location in this area, what is the best location for your house? Why?

o Refer to Figure 9.22 on p. 265 and locate at least three main structural features. Discuss why the Canmore community is established on the northeast side of the map.



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SCI 245 Week 6 CheckPoint Metamorphic Rocks
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Respond to the following questions in 200- to 300-words:

o Where do metamorphic rocks originate? How are they formed?
o What are the two categories of metamorphic rocks? What are the distinguishing characteristics between the two categories of rocks?

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SCI 245 Week 5 CheckPoint Weathering and Erosion
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Create a 5- to 7-slide PowerPoint® of the following:

o Description of difference between weathering and erosion.
o Graphical representation of the following:

• Mechanical weathering
• Chemical weathering
• Water erosion
• Wind erosion
• Ice erosion

• Include a References slide for the graphical images you use.

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SCI 245 Week 5 Assignment Sedimentary Rocks
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• Resource: Clastic Sedimentary Rocks animation
• Write a 700-word paper in APA format that provides an overview of how plate tectonics affects sedimentation. Answer the following questions:

o Where do sedimentary rocks originate?
o How are they formed?
o What are the three categories of sedimentary rocks?
o What are the distinguishing characteristics between the three categories of rocks?

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Week 4 DQ 1

Describe how plate tectonics is related to the formation of volcanoes. Which type of plate margin commonly forms volcanoes? Name one of the most popular volcanoes in the United States or the world. If you need assistance, review the Ring of Fire animation on the student Web site or http://nationalatlas.gov/dynamic/dyn_volcano.html

Discuss whether or not the volcano is active and how it has impacted the area.



Week 4 DQ 2

Review the Volcanoes video link on the student Web site. What types of volcanic features are discussed? What caused these volcanic features? What do you think the future of the Hawaiian Islands are from the geologic point of view?



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SCI 245 Week 4 CheckPoint Igneous Rocks
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• View the Igneous Rock animation on the student Web site.

• Respond in 200- to 300-words to the following questions:

o Where do igneous rocks originate?
o How are they formed?
o What are the two categories of igneous rocks?
o What are the distinguishing characteristics between the two categories of rocks?

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SCI 245 Week 3 CheckPoint Plate Tectonic Theory
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Your younger brother is in 5th grade. He comes home and tells you to look at an animation his teacher showed him in geology class.

Review the Continents of the Past animation on the student Web site.

After viewing the animation, your brother has a look of disbelief on his face, “C’mon, really? Our whole continent moves? That’s bogus!” Instead of blowing him off like you usually do, you decide to sit down and educate him about plate tectonics. First, you give him an overview about two historical figures that contributed to the plate tectonic theory. Then, you decide to show him how the plates move by boiling a pot of water (shown on p. 108) and relating it to mantle convection and plate movement.

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SCI 245 Week 3 Assignment Earthquakes
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• Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in APA format that distinguishes the types of plate margins and how they move. Also, discuss why earthquakes are common along plate margins or boundaries.

• Respond to the following in your paper:

o When the Earth does quake and shake, how does it move?
o What are the events that cause the Earth to quake and shake?
o How are earthquakes measured?
o Briefly describe the two types of body waves an earthquake creates.

• Provide an example, in your paper, of an area that is prone to earthquakes. If you need assistance with locating an area, review the Ring of Fire animation on the student Web site.

• Review the following animations, located on the student Web site, to assist in research for your paper:

o Divergent boundaries
o Convergent boundaries
o Transform fault boundaries
o Seismic waves

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Week 2 DQ 1

Select one of the following methods of evaluating geologic time: Absolute Dating/Numerical Age or Relative Dating. Describe your chosen method and how it is used to evaluate geologic time. Review another student’s method that is different from yours. Reply to another student who describes a different method than yours and comment on which method you think is more reliable or accurate.



Week 2 DQ 2

Scientists debate about the use of fossils as a tool to determine records of various events, such as the vanishing of the dinosaurs or the origin of our ancestors. Based on what you know of fossils from your textbook and other sources, discuss the role of fossils in helping scientists develop accurate records of the geologic history of the Earth. Address important discoveries such as the 3.3-million-year-old fossilized remains of a child in the Dikika region of Ethiopia.

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SCI 245 Week 2 CheckPoint Fossils and the Geologic Column
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• Review Figure 3.6 on p. 68 of the text. How do fossils help in determining the relative age of strata? Are the three different localities around the same relative age? Explain your response.

• Refer to the USGS Web site: http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/geotime/fossils.html. What periods are the fossils from in Figure 3.6? What does this say about the area in Figure 3.6?

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SCI 245 Week 1 CheckPoint Study of Earth
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• Review Ch.1 in Visualizing Geography. This chapter discusses the Earth as a system comprised of four subsystems.

• Write a 200- to 300-word description of how these four subsystems interact with one another. In your response, identify one type of resource from each subsystem on which people depend.

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SCI 245 Week 1 Assignment Minerals
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Conduct the mineral lab at: http://corptrain.phoenix.edu/%5Cvirtual_lab/virtual_lab.html and use the mineral worksheet found in Appendix C to record your observations and results in identifying different minerals.

• Write a summary answering the following:

o What are the four requirements for a material to be classified as a mineral?
o How do you differentiate between minerals? Briefly summarize the six methods to tell minerals apart.
o Summarize the major difference(s) between minerals and rocks.

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