Week 1:

 

Getting started with the class and introduction to the Earth System

 

Welcome to Geol 390.  This week you should:

 

Since Earth's climate is the result of the interactions between the many different components of the Earth system it is essential for us to understand the concept of the Earth system.

 

**Work through the material at the link Earth System . (There's a quiz in here for your self assessment, it does not need to be submitted. Some of the quiz questions may appear on the first exam, particularly those related to the atmosphere and hydrosphere)

Video on Earth Systems Science

 

Reading:

 Chapter 1

[Reading each chapter completely through may or may not work all that well for you.  A good way to read a science text is to read it as a reference.  Read through the text in such a way that the key terms (bold) and ideas make sense to you.  look at the figures and pictures and read the their captions to understand what they are trying to tell us and how they fit into the flow of ideas presented in the chapter. Of course when a particular idea interests you read on.]

 

**Powerpoint: (chapter 1) ** ReadingGuide   

 

crosswordFun

 

**Sample Questions

 

http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2010/03/09/alvarez-theory-on-dinosaur/

 

Extra credit Option: 

A)

Write a 1 to 2 page summary describing the Earth system.  Include in your summary examples of several interactions between different components of the Earth system.

 

B)  Read “Extraterrestrial Cause for the Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction.”    and write a 1 to 2 page summary.  see Summary of a Scientific paper.