Unit: California Geology

Week 1: Mineral Resources

Week 2: Earthquakes

Week 3: Volcanoes

Activities

Write a paragraph speculating on what Califoria’s most important minerals are.
View PDF files on web or printed:

http://www.consrv.ca.gov/cgs/minerals/min_prod/nonfuel_2001.pdf

http://www.consrv.ca.gov/DOG/pubs_stats/annual_reports/annual_reports.htm . Use the information in the two  reports to make spreadsheet and circle graph that show the total value of California mineral, including fuels.


Activities

·         How many earthquakes happened in California in the last week?
Write down your guess to the question. http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/

·         Make a spreadsheet showing the magnitude, location, and fault names for them. http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/general/handouts/richter.html .

·         View and interpret maps at http://www.consrv.ca.gov/CGS/rghm/psha/index.htm#Probabilistic%20Seismic%20Hazard%20Map http://www.consrv.ca.gov/CGS/rghm/psha/ofr9608/index.htm#DEAGGREGATION%20OF%20THE%20HAZARD%20MODEL

http://www.consrv.ca.gov/CGS/rghm/psha/Map_index/index.htm http://www.consrv.ca.gov/CGS/rghm/loss/index.htm ftp://ftp.consrv.ca.gov/pub/dmg/pubs/Future_EQ_Losses.pdf http://eqmaps.cr.usgs.gov/website/nshmp/viewer.htm . http://geohazards.cr.usgs.gov/eq/faq/psha01.html

·         Write answer to the question: What is the annual probability of an earthquake happening in Sacramento?

·                Write a pamphlet for California home buyers explaining what the dangers are from earthquakes and how they can determine how likely it is that  their home might be effected by an earthquake.

Activities

·         Read about California volcanoes at: http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/California/framework.html

http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/California/Hazards/Bulletin1847/table_holocene_volcanoes.html

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/Hazards/Where/WhereHaz.html

http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Outreach/AboutVolcanoes/framework.html

http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Glossary/framework.html

·         Find the terms listed in the volcano hazards table:http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/Products/Pglossary/pglossary.html

Using the information on these pages, create a guide/brochure for visitors for one of California’s volcanic areas. Use online photos to illustrate it. Include features that visitor’s should see, a  geologic history of the area, and an explanation of the dangers that an eruption might cause.

Tangible Products

Paragraph

Spreadsheet

Circle graph

Tangible Products

  • Written answers to questions
  • Spreadsheet showing  ten earthquakes near Sacramento with magnitude and fault names

Tangible Products

  • Guide/brochure on one California volcanic area