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What's happening in YOUR backyard?

This exciting course reviews the causes, characteristics, and case histories of the natural disasters that have plagued human history. Topics include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, storms, floods, giant sea waves, meteor impacts, climate changes, and mass extinctions. Suggestions are made for avoiding geologic hazards. Lectures are illustrated with photos that demonstrate the severity of natural disasters. Students are introduced to Internet websites that enable them to pursue any topic in greater detail in order to more fully evaluate and prepare for natural events.

We will be covering a lot of information, much of which will be new to you. Plan on spending a few hours outside of class studying. Please use any and all resources available to you: your textbook, the internet, class lectures, myself.

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Natural Disasters Classes Taught

CSULA PCC

Geol 158-01

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Click on the links above to download a syllabus for your class below (in PDF format)

Lecture Class Topics
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Topic
PDF
(3 slides/pg)
PDF
(1 slide/pg)
animations/links
Introduction
Plate Tectonics
Earthquakes - part 1
                 - part 2
Tsunami
Volcanoes - part 1
               - part 2
Storms
animations / links
Flooding
animations / links
Fire
animations / links
Mass Wasting
animations / links
Coastal Erosion
animations / links

 

ENTIRE Lecture Notes in one pdf (100 Mb !)

 

Assignements
Quiz #1:  Introduction  (04/01 – 04/07)

Quiz #2:  Plate Tectonics  (04/08 – 04/14)

Quiz #3:  Earthquakes  (04/15 – 04/21)

Quiz #4:  Earthquake Case Studies (04/22 – 04/28)

Quiz #5:  Tsunami  (04/29 – 05/05)

Quiz #6:  Volcanoes (05/06 – 05/12)

Quiz #7:  Volcano Case Studies  (05/13 – 05/19)

Quiz #8:  Storms  (05/20 – 05/26)

Quiz #9:  Floods  (05/27 – 06/02)

Quiz #10:  Fire and Mass Wasting (06/03 – 06/09)

 

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