GEO 108 - Dangerous Earth (formerly GEO 137)
An introduction to the destructive power of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanos, hurricanes, tornadoes and related phenomena. The origin and occurrence of such hazards will be examined. Recent disasters as well as catastrophic events in the Earth's past will be utilized as case studies. Methods of prediction and strategies for minimizing loss of life and property will be emphasized. Three class hours.
Course Learning Outcomes
1.Describe the differences between a natural process and a natural hazard.
2.Describe the relationship between natural hazards and population growth.
3.Explain the role of the Earth’s sub-systems in hazard occurrence.
4.Identify the distribution of hazards controlled by plate motion or atmospheric conditions.
5.Interpret field data to determine past and future hazards.
6.Determine precursors utilized in hazard prediction.
7.Identify methods used for monitoring potential hazards.
8.Identify methods used in hazard prevention.
Course Offered Fall and Spring