Section 1, Unit 2:  Geological Setting
Check the news for Natural Disasters
Course Contents
Terms to Review
Earths's Interior
Plate Tectonics
Lithosphere
Hydrosphere
Atmosphere
Biosphere
Caldera
Extraterrestrial
 
 Activities (This you must do):
 
Have a look at the approach and method currently applied in the Earth Sciences to study Natural Disasters.
Study the classification of Natural Disasters
Understand the role of geology and the Earth Science in the study of Natural Disasters .
Why to study Natural Disasters 
Some general aspects of Natural Disasters <http://www.nationalatlas.gov/articles/geology/a_geohazards.html>
including Disasters managment <http://science.hq.nasa.gov/earth-sun/applications/theme7.htm>
Have a view to the Solar System.
Study the origin of the Solar System
Learn more about the composition and main features of  planet Earth.
Identify the features that make the Earth unique.
Enrich your geological vocabulary by reviewing and familiarizing yourself with the list of terms on the side bar.
Have a look at the plate tectonics map by the USGS    and then review the story of plate tectonics.
Reinforce your concept of the Earth's interior and plate tectonics and understanding of the plate tectonic theory by reviewing the history and development of this important theory in geology.
Identify the boundaries of the North American plate and the plates on the west coast of the Americas.
Additional reading on plate tectonics (optional). Good reference to gain a clear distinction between  continental drift, seafloor spreading, tectonics, plate tectonics, hot spots, island arcs, magmatic arcs, and convection cells in the mantle.
For Extra Credit:
Obtain a copy of a news article in a weekly news magazine. Underline the facts with one color and the author's opinions with another. Did the author(s) follow the rules for the scientific method outlined in the course to reach their conclusion?

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