Introduction || Course Setup:
organization and expectations || Head count
An overview of Our Planet
Unit (Chapter) Plan:
Visit this web site: CNN
to check for current news on the World
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[ Organization || Course Setup ]
use of the Internet in this course
to the study of Earth Science: [ Basic Concepts || A Holistic Approach
to Look at Planet Earth || Methods and approach to study Earth Science
|| the role of geology and Earth Sciences]
Traditional Scientific Method || Multiple Working Hypothesis in geology
a Planet: [The Scientific Method || The Principle of Uniformitarianism
|| The Origin of Our System of Planets || Evolving Earth || Plate Tectonics:
A Unifying Theory for Geological Science || Geologist at Work ]
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(things you must do):
Chapter one of your textbook
If you are not familiar with the use of the Internet and browsing the world
wide web, it is highly recommended that you do these tutorials:
gain a better feeling for the Internet
gain a better feeling of Netscape
a view to the Solar System
more about the composition and main features of planet
your geological vocabulary by reviewing and familiarizing yourself with
the terms on p. 24 of your textbook.
the reading assignment for this unit
a look at the plate
tectonics map by the USGS and then review the
story of plate tectonics
the boundaries of the
North American plate and the plates on the west
coast of the Americas.
reading on plate
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Acquired (what you learned):
By the end
of this chapter you should be able to:
Have an understanding of the methods and approach used in the study of
Describe the role of geology and the Earth Sciences in the prevention and
mitigation of over-explotation of earth resources.
Explain the origin of the Earth.
Describe the different major layers of the Earth.
Distinguish between a theory and a hypothesis in Earth Science.
Name and locate on a geographic map the principal (12) world lithospheric
Have a clear distinction between lithosphere and asthenosphere including
physical and chemical properties.
Explain the principle of uniformitarianism.
Name the three types of plate boundaries.
State how long ago the Big Bang took place.
List the two most abundant elements in nebulae (gas clouds) in the universe.
Explain the process of nuclear fusion.
Explain the role of gravitational attraction and collisions in to accrete
dust and condensing materials into planetesimals.
The application of the scientific method to: The Plate Tectonic Theory.
Recognize which are the inner planets.
Understand the process of differentiation as the mechanism to the
formation of the Earth's dense core and a light crust.
Discuss the chemically differentiated earth and identify all its major
Tell the difference in age between the Moon, the Earth, sun and meteorites.
Explain the role of large impacts and radioactivity in causing the melting
in the Earth's early history.
Indicate the thickness of the Earth's layers (Crust, Mantle and Core).
Name the different layers of the Earth in order from surface to the interior.
List the four elements that make ninety percent of the Earth.
Name the element that makes fifty percent of the Earth's crust.
Name the two most abundant elements (by weight) in the whole Earth.
Name the chemical process that powers the Earth's internal heat engine.
List three gases that are released from volcanoes since 4 billion years
Recognize the influence of photosynthesis in the built up of an oxygen
rich Earth's atmosphere.
Explain the process of convention.
Give the rate of plate movement.
Indicate the place at which new seafloor is created.
Describe the process of subduction.
Identify the features associated with a convergent plate boundary.
Tell what plate boundary is associated with: the Andes Mountains, Mount
St. Helens, San Andreas fault.
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