Geog 107 - Our Dynamic Earth

Spring, 2019

Important Dates:

26 March (tues): classes start

1 April - end of drop/add

16 April. EXAM 1 (tues)

24 April: last day to withdraw, 50% refund

9 May, EXAM 2 (thursday)

10 May - uncontested withdraw deadline.

27 May - no class, Memorial day

31 May, last day of class

7 June, 8-10AM. Final Exam


end of quarter spring 2020 survey

Hi everyone,


Here is the last step for the OER grant.  Here is the link to the student survey.  Please have your students in your OER class take the survey.







Important Files


  • Caleb Valko. Hours 12-1 tues/thursday. Library tutoring center. Please make use of this service, he's there to help you understand the material.


Lab Exercises

  • Lab 1: Intro to Google Earth. Avian Flu file HERE. Work through this lab and answer the questions. Then take the online (Canvas) quiz. Quiz must be completed by midnight wed, 4 April.
  • Lab 2: Weather and climate on Google Earth. Open the lab itself and the data and start working with step 1, part C. Put your answers on this answer sheet. When done, go online and do the quiz. Online quiz due at midnight on wednesday, 10 April. If you want, there's also a small ppt which goes along with the lab that might help explain some of the concepts.
  • Lab 3: Temperature, humidity, and precipitation. Online quiz due monday, 15 April. Midnight.
  • Lab 4: Tectonics. The data you need is here. Online quiz due 25 April. Midnight.
  • Lab 5: Tsunamis. Work through it. Original source data is here: one and two. The quiz is online and must be completed by midnight on Thursday, 2 May.
  • Lab 6: Fluvial stuff. Data is here. Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on tuesday, 7 May.
  • Lab 7: Ecological Calculator. File must be submitted on Canvas by midnight, monday 20 May. Note, no quiz - answer the questions and turn in a word document containing said answers. Hmmm...
  • Lab 8: Glaciers. Data is HERE. Canvas quiz must be completed by midnight on Tuesday, 28 May.

In the News (sample version)

Do the following:
1. Outline the paper (in outline format, about 1/2 a page). Examples of outline format at 1, 2, 3.
2. Summarize the main points of the article (at least one paragraph, depending on the complexity of the paper) and how the info in the article might relate to other papers, lectures, other readings, your own experience, etc… In other words, show that you have thought about the article, not just rehashed the last paragraph or two. About half a page.

When grading outlines, I ask the question 'did the student read the paper.'

When grading summaries, I ask the question 'did the student think about the paper.' In short, if all the information in the summary is in the paper, I cannot give full credit.

note, for the curious, the New Yorker article that started the whole frenzy is at

Online Quizzes:

Remember the online quizzes every week. They will be posted on Canvas every friday afternoon and will be due by midnight that coming Sunday. They will cover a handful of topics covered during the previous week.

Extra Credit:

SOURCE is on Wed and thursday, 15/16 May. Both days are full of presentations and posters. Your job is to attend at least three posters or presentations which directly relate to physical geography (which means that there will be talks in the geology, geography, resource management, and biology sections which would count). While at these posters/talks you will take notes and learn things. And then go write up the following for each presentation:

  1. The title and author of the talk/poster.
  2. A sentence or two explaining how this presentation relates to physical geography.
  3. A half page outline of the talk/poster
  4. A short critique of the presentations. (1-2 paragraphs) which explain what you liked, didn’t like, etc. Note: I really don’t care whether you like it or not, what I am interested in is the WHY.

These three writeups should be in a single word document which is submitted on canvas. Up to 2% additional extra credit. This must be turned in by Friday, 17 May.

Note, this will not affect your final grade as shown in Canvas. It's something I will add on at the end of the quarter.