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You have the opportunity to earn extra credit in any of my classes if you wish. All work, with the exception of the earthquake kit, must be turned in by the end of the class period before the final exam. You may earn 15 - 20 points (check your syllabus) extra credit by doing any combination of the following assignments listed below.

FORMAT: Reports (for #1 - #4) should be 1 to 2 pages, typed, 1.5 spacing, standard margins and fonts and concise. The quality of your English composition is important. Don't forget to use correct essay form - Intro paragraph with thesis statement, three examples, and conclusion paragraph. Don't forget to cite your references in the appropriate format. Make sure your name is on your report. Please remember that I am concerned about the environment. I do not want plastic covers, extra cover pages, or any other type of binder. Save paper and you save trees. Save plastic and you save petroleum.


In essay format, discuss three ways that you can help clean up the oceans or coasts. (5 points)


Find 3 articles that deal with geological issues and write a summary of each article. Combine the 3 summaries into a paper that is no more than 2 pages long. Articles may be found in the Los Angeles Times, Discover Magazine, Newsweek, Time Magazine, California Geology (in the Library), etc. Use published papers, not Internet articles. Provide your opinion or analysis. A bibliography and copies of your articles are required as well. (15 points)


Write a book report on any one of the books listed below. You may find help in making your book selection by checking the department web page at (15 points)
a. "Control of Nature" by John McPhee
b. "Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America" by John M. Barry
c. "Entropy: Into the Greenhouse World" by Jeremy Rifkin
d. "Manmade Disaster: The Story of the St. Francis Dam Disaster" by Charles Outland
e. "The Johnstown Flood" by David McCullough
f. "Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water" by Marc Reisner
g. "Earthquake: The Destruction of San Francisco" by Thomas Gordon and Max Witts
h. "The Day the World Ended" by Thomas Gordon and Max Witts (This is the story of the eruption of Mt. Pelee and the destruction of St. Pierre.)
i. "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky
j. "Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History" by Erik Larson

  Do one of the Virtual Classware assignments located at Click on either "Virtual Courseware for Earth and Environmental Sciences" or "Geology Labs Online" and choose one of the activities listed below. PLEASE USE THE CODES LISTED BELOW - that way I can get your results if you loose yours. Upon completion of the assignment, you will be awarded a certificate that you will need to print out and turn in. You may do more than one of the exercises. (10 points) .
  • Code for Earthquake = 1289238
  • Code for Global Warming = 50885
  • Virtual Earthquake (no code)
  • Virtual Dating (no code)
  • Virtual River (no code)


Create an earthquake/disaster kit for your car (or workplace). You must show me the completed kit and a list of the items inside. You must have EVERYTHING that is on the list - no exceptions! Here's a list (car or workplace) of required items. Please place a clean copy of the list (car or workplace) in your kit and bring it to my office during office hours BEFORE the date specified on your syllabus - hand-written lists are not acceptable. (15 points)


Create an evacutation plan for your household. Your plan should include a map of your house (or appartment) showing the location of major utilities (gas, water, etc), escape route & earthquake supplies and potential hazards (heavy furniture, bookcases, large windows or mirrors, etc); an evacuation plan; a list of household members (Identify anyone with impairments or who may need help evacuating) and an out-of-area contact list. Here is a guide to help you with your evacuation plan (FEMA pdf - 350 KB). (5 points)

  If your textbook has a website with self tests, you may do ONE self test (either multiple choice, true/false, identification, etc) PER chapter, for every chapter we cover in class. Email me the results, but also either print out or email a copy to yourself as well.  See your class syllabus for the URL of your textbook's website. (1 point per chapter)