Geologic features

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Conduct a virtual field trip on which you will explore your choice of geologic feature in the California region. Examples may include: local caves, lakes, glacial deposits, rock formations, etc.

Prepare a 10- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation about the geologic feature in which you:

  • Identify the feature,
  • Summarize the relevant geologic history of the region,
  • Discuss the formation and age of the feature,
  • Assess the role of the hydrologic cycle in shaping the feature,
  • Discuss the role of erosion and/or weathering on the feature, and
  • Identify unique aspects of the geologic feature (such as how it has changed over time, where similar features found, and so on).

Include relevant pictures or examples of the feature, including detailed speaker notes as if you were narrating the presentation.

Format in-text citations and reference slides according to APA guidelines.

Mass wasting

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What is this mass wasting landform (N 33.985842° W 117.169795°)? I suggest that you view this landform in Google Earth, that you spin the view around to look towards the west and zoom into an eye altitude of about 900 meters (0.0 km).
translational slide (or block glide)
debris avalanche
talus cone
debris flow

Mass wasting

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What is this mass wasting landform (N 48.284272° W 121.850112°)? I suggest that you view this landform in Google Earth looking towards the northwest and zoom into an eye altitude of about 0.5 km (500 meters. This mass wasting event is complex so focus on the top part of the mass wasting. The question is about the top part – specifically at N 48.284272° W 121.850112°
b.rotational slump
c.debris flow
d.debris avalanche

Food Webs and Succession of Species

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Given that climate change is rapidly altering many species’ habitats, forcing some to die or migrate,

1) explain how this could dramatically affect food webs (a few sentences)

2) Via “succession of species”, how might habitat loss/change create new opportunities for some species as well ? (a few sentences)

NOTE: in part 1, be sure to include factors of elevation, weather events, abiotic resources such as more water or sunshine. In part 2, please include a mention of how producers, consumers, detritivores, and decomposers factor in to this equation.

Cosmic Samples and the Origin of the Solar System

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  • Explain the difference between: meteors, meteorites, comets, asteroids
  • Explain what a meteor is and why it is visible in the night sky
  • Describe the origins of meteor showers
  • Explain the origin of meteorites and the difference between a meteor and a meteorite
  • Summarize the physical changes during the solar nebula stage of solar system formation
  • Describe the main events of the further evolution of the solar system
  • Explain the two primary methods for detection of exoplanets
  • Compare the main characteristics of other planetary systems with the features of the solar system
  • Describe the geological activity during the evolution of the planets, particularly on the terrestrial planets


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  • Describe the composition and classification of the various types of asteroids
  • Recognize the threat that near-Earth objects represent for Earth
  • Discuss possible defensive strategies to protect our planet
  • Characterize the general physical appearance of comets
  • Describe the composition of the Oort cloud
  • Describe trans-Neptunian and Kuiper-belt objects
  • Explain the proposed fate of comets that enter the inner solar system

Giant planets

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  • Provide an overview of the composition of the giant planets. Do not say that Uranus and Neptune are made of gas.
  • Describe the general appearance and rotation of the giant planets
  • Describe the composition and structure of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune
  • Compare and contrast the internal heat sources of the giant planets
  • Describe the discovery and characteristics of the giant planets’ magnetic fields
  • Characterize the giant planets’ wind and weather patterns
  • Understand the scale and longevity of storms on the giant planets