Project #52189 - Geology paper

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Essays (100 points total).

1.    Compare and contrast the formation of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and relate them to one another using the rock cycle.

Be sure to explain:

  • the way each rock type is formed
  • how they can transform from one rock type to another using the rock cycle.

Your answer should be no less than 300 words.                            (20 points)

2.    Explain the relationship between earthquakes and tsunamis, using the following examples: 1700 Cascadia; 1964 Alaska; 2010 Chile; and 2011 Tohoku (Japan).

In your essay, include a discussion of:

  • the plate tectonic process involved (which two plates?)
  • amount and type of displacement of sea floor
  • local vs. distant run-up and damage
  • warnings and evacuations

Your answer should be no less than 300 words.                            (20 points)

3.    Discuss the issues of DRINKING WATER quality and availability in San Diego County and the Southwestern U.S.
In your essay, include a discussion of:

  • local climate
  • population changes, especially since World War II
  • local vs. imported water
  • "waste" treatment and recycling attitudes ("toilet to tap")

Your answer should be no less than 500 words.                            (30 points)

4.    Explain the issues of Climate Change.

In your essay, include discussions of:

  • greenhouse gases, comparing Earth to Venus and Mars
  • the Keeling Curve, extrapolated back 800,000 years
  • ice ages, including the one we're in now
  • sea level: past, present and future
  • ocean acidification
  • methane released from permafrost and ocean floor

Your answer should be no less than 500 words.                            (30 points)

For these questions, check the text and MasteringGeology Study Area (of course), and also study the links and videos in Blackboard.

Important: know the meaning of the word PLAGIARISM - no plagiarism!

Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/16/2014 07:00 pm
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