Geography Assignment: Tectonic & Volcanic Processes Assignment

Tectonic & Volcanic Assignment Instructions

Each forum assignment is broken down into two basic parts:

  1. InitialPost (worth 15 points)
  2. A follow-up post to communicate with students and further the discussion (worth 5 points)

I. Complete the following for your initial post (part A and B):

A. Choose a volcano listed in the USGS Volcano Hazards Program resource. It can be any one listed in California, Hawaii, or Alaska. Perform research on this volcano and summarize the formation and history of it (i.e. how did it form?, why is is located where it is? when did it last erupt?, is there potential for it to erupt in the future?, if so, how destructive will the next eruption be? etc.). Extra Credit Opportunity (optional; worth 2 points) – include maps, images, and/or diagrams in your post to enhance your explanation.

B. As you’ve seen in the video “The Hayward Fault: Overdue for Disaster”, the Bay Area is a complicated mixture of several fault systems. Summarize why scientists anticipate a large earthquake may occur in this region the near future. Why is the Hayward Fault considered more dangerous than the San Andreas Fault?

Be sure to cite any outside resources using MLA citation format. Your initial post should be a minimum of 250 words. See the “Initial Post” rubric below for further grading details.

II. For your follow-up post you must respond to at least one of your classmates initial post (worth 5 points). Provide comments/feedback on what they wrote in their initial post and/or ask questions. Your follow-up post should be thoughtful, through, and aim to generate discussion. You are encouraged to respond to multiple classmates, but the minimum requirement is one. Your follow-up post should be at least 100 words minimum. See the “Follow-Up Post” rubric below for further grading details.


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