Section I, Unit 2:  Geological Setting

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ASSIGNMENT 2 Abilities: (what you learned):
 After completing this unit you should be able to:
1.- Describe the methods and approach used in the study of natural disasters.
2.- Explain the holistic approach to classify natural disasters.
3.- Describe the role of geology and the Earth Sciences in the prevention and mitigation of natural disasters.
4.- Summarize the origin of the Earth, including the main process and events through whcih it evolve to its present conditions
5.- Describe the different major layers of the Earth.
6.- Establish the relationship between continental drift, seafloor spreading, tectonics, plate tectonics, hot spots, island arcs, magmatic arcs, and convection cells in the mantle.
7.- Name and locate on a geographic map the principal world lithospheric plates.
8.- Have a clear distinction between lithosphere and asthenosphere including physical and chemical properties.
9.- Cite and explain at least three lines of evidence for plate tectonics.
10.- Name the three types of plate boundaries.
11.- Explain the different processes that happen at each of the lithospheric plate boundary.
12.- Give examples of each of the boundaries.
13.- Identify the plate boundaries of the North American Plate
14.- Explain the interrelationship between plate tectonics, earthquake occurrence and volcanic activity.
15.- Apply the scientific method to The Plate Tectonic Theory.
16.- Account for the processes involved in the formation of earth's atmosphere and oceans.
17.- Explain some fundamental differences between the earth and other planets of the Solar System.
18.- Discuss the chemically differentiated earth and identify all its major compositional zones.