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EXPLORATION OF THE EARTH SCIENCES

 

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GLG 150 Week 1 Earth and Earth Materials
 

Resources: Ch. 1-3 of Visualizing Earth Science and WileyPLUS® GeoDiscoveries®

For this assignment, you will choose from the following options:

 

 

 

Option 1: Earth and Earth Materials I Worksheet
 

 

Option 2: Earth and Earth Materials II Worksheet
 

 

Select one option to complete the assignment.

Complete the Earth and Earth Materials Worksheet.

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GLG 150 Week 2 Soil and Glaciers Worksheet
 

 

Soil and Glaciers Worksheet
 

Soil and Glaciers Worksheet

 

From Visualizing Earth Science, by Merali, Z., and Skinner, B. J, 2009, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Copyright 2009 by Wiley. Adapted with permission.

 

Part 1
 

Size grades of soil are named sand, silt, and clay, which includes colloids. Size grades are defined using the metric system. Use Figure 4.8 from the textbook to fill in the following chart.  Specify the type and size and description of the particle. In some cases, particle size will be less than some value or greater than another value. For instance, gravel is greater than 2.0 mm.

 

Name

Size

Description

Gravel

2.0 mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2
 

Soils have been classified according to a system developed by soil scientists and the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Using this classification system of soil orders, pick two locations on Earth, one in your current area and another area, and describe the order and the conditions that define it. (See Figure 4.12 in the textbook.)

 

Part 3

The five important soil-forming factors are indicated in the following table. Describe why these factors are important in the formation of soil.

 

Soil forming factor

Importance in soil formation

Parent material

 

Climate

 

Living organisms

 

Topography

 

Time

 

 

Part 4
 

Investigate two ways in which water shortages, erosion, water diversion, floods or contamination of a water resource, or other water processes have affected human history. How did humankind meet the challenges of the impacts?

 

Part 5
 

In 150 words, how do glaciers form, grow, and shrink throughout time? Cite any references used and provide a References page.

 

 
 

 

 

GLG 150 Week 2 Sculpting Earth’s Surface Presentation
 

Resources: WileyPLUS® GeoDiscoveries®

Create a 5- to 7-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with presenter notes. (No oral presentations are required.) Include the following:

 

 

 

A description of a land feature anywhere on Earth that has been sculpted by physical or chemical weathering processes
 

 

A description of the particular processes that changed your chosen land feature over time
 

 

Images of your chosen feature and descriptions of the current rock formations, sediment, and climate of the region
 

 

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GLG 150 Week 3 Effects of the Motion of Tectonic Plates Worksheet
 

Resources: Ch. 7-9 of Visualizing Earth Science, this week’s WileyPLUS® GeoDiscoveries® and Electronic Reserve Readings

Complete the Effects of the Motion of Tectonic Plates Worksheet.

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Effects of the Motions of Tectonic Plates Worksheet

 

From Visualizing Earth Science, by Merali, Z., and Skinner, B. J, 2009, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Copyright 2009 by Wiley. Adapted with permission.

 

Part 1
 

This diagram was similar to one Alfred Wegener drew to show the distribution of continents 300 million years ago. His theory of continental drift was met with skepticism in the scientific community.

 

 

 

Describe three forms of evidence Wegener used to support his ideas of continental drift.
 

 

Years later, the continental drift theory reemerged as plate tectonic theory, with two additional pieces of evidence.
 

 

 

Refer to the images above. Discuss in detail the two pieces of additional evidence that supported Wegener’s theory, now known as the theory of plate tectonics.

 

Part 2
 

Write paragraph answers to the following questions using what you have learned from Visualizing Earth Science and the assigned WileyPlus® GeoDiscoveries®.

 

 

How does the motion of the tectonic plates affect the climate?
 

 

How does the motion of the tectonic plates affect the geography?
 

 

How does the motion of the tectonic plates affect the distribution of organisms?
 

Part 3

Earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis have all been linked to plate movement. Indicate how plate movement would create them.

 

 

Earthquakes:
 

 

Volcanoes:
 

 

Tsunamis:
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

GLG 150 Week 3 Land Feature Paper
 

Resources: WileyPLUS® GeoDiscoveries®

Write at least a 700-word paper in which you describe how the region you selected in Week 1 was formed according to the theory of plate tectonics. Include the following:

 

 

 

Explain the theory of plate tectonics.
 

 

Identify factors that influence the location and intensity of earthquakes and volcanoes for the region you have chosen.
 

 

Describe the main movement within the plate tectonics theory that shaped the form and composition of your selected region. Include regional features such as mountains, rivers, lakes, oceans, and deserts.
 

 

Discuss the various geological events that occurred in your selected region.
 

 

Describe the various types of rocks that these geological events formed.
 

 

Examine the relationship between the characteristics of these rocks and the geological events.
 

 

Discuss the importance and economic value of these rocks in your selected region.
 

 

Cite at least two other sources in addition to your text.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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GLG 150 Week 4 Earth’s Dynamic Ocean and Atmosphere
 

Resources: Ch. 12-15 of Visualizing Earth Science, this week’s WileyPLUS® GeoDiscoveries® and Electronic Reserve Readings

For this assignment, you will choose from the following options:

 

 

 

Option 1: Earth’s Dynamic Ocean and Atmosphere I Worksheet
 

 

Option 2: Earth’s Dynamic Ocean and Atmosphere II Worksheet
 

 

Select one option to complete the assignment.

Complete the Earth’s Dynamic Ocean and Atmosphere Worksheet.

Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.

 

 
 

 

 

GLG 150 Week 5 Reasons for Seasons
 

Resource: Electronic Reserve Readings

Access the following articles from the Electronic Reserve Readings:

 

 

 

“The Reasons for the Seasons”
 

 

“Earth Seasons Don’t Fit Other Planets”
 

 

“Science 101”
 

 

Write a 700- to 1,050-word summary that explains the reason for seasons on Earth.

 

 

 

Begin with an explanation of the common misconceptions that students have regarding the reason for seasons.
 

 

Identify other planets in our solar system that may or may not have seasons and provide an explanation.
 

 

Include an explanation of aphelion and perihelion in your discussion.
 

 

You may include graphics in your paper. Do not forget to cite any references and text images you use.
 

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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GLG 150 Week 5 Evolution of the Universe
 

Resource: WileyPLUS® GeoDiscoveries®

Create a 15- to- 18-slide presentation that describes the evolution of the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, planets, and other bodies in the universe.

Include:

 

 

 

Formation 

 

 

 

Describe the early evolution of these bodies in terms of their formation and atmospheres.
 

 

How is motion involved in this formation? Include a description of other bodies directly involved with their formation (such as asteroids, comets, and other planets).
 

 

 
 

 

Motion 

 

 

 

Include a basic description of the discoveries of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton as they relate to the motion of Earth, the Sun, the Moon, planets, and other bodies in the universe.
 

 

 
 

 

Cite at least two other sources from the University Library or elsewhere in addition to your textbook and the WileyPLUS® GeoDiscoveries®.

Format your references with APA guidelines.

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