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EESC 1010: The Dynamic Earth: The Science of Our World: Maps

Online Class

Part 1

MAPS ASSIGNMENT PART I:
DISTANCE AND DIRECTION

 

 


What you need to do:
  1. In an orderly fashion, work your way through the following Part I Topics:
    1. Where Am I?
    2. Distance
    3. Direction
    4. Latitude and Longitude

    For all of the above:

    • Read and understand the material
    • Take all the Part I Quizzes
    • Check your answers using the answer-checking devices.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO SUBMIT:
Nothing to submit.

WHERE AM I?

 

 

 

 

"I could TELL you where you are, Lou, but sometimes verbal or written descriptions of location can be very complicated!"  

 

 

"You mean, complicated like:   Meet me under the 4th street light from the Optimo Cigar Store as you go downtown towards Joe's Upscale Hair Salon! !"  

 

 

"You got it! Or if they're not complicated, often they're vague!"  

 

 

"Like:   Meet me in Central Park - and be on time!!"  

 

 

"Yeah! But such complications can be avoided! Instead of telling you where to meet, I could show you by giving you...

A MAP!"

 
"You mean, a diagram with symbols or pictures designed to show where on Earth things are?!"

 

"That's it!! Some of the things maps show are...."

 

Features of the landscape: hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, shorelines... This is a Topographic Map, using contours. We'll be learning a lot about these!
Geographic boundaries: borders of countries, states, counties, cities... This is a Political Map.
Objects made by people: railroads, houses, bridges, docks, quarries... This is a Subway Map.
Social, political or economic features: population density, average income, crime rates... This map shows areas within commuting distance of cities.
Degrees of hazard: from floods, earthquakes, landslides, tidal waves... This Hazard Map shows areas that would be flooded if sea level rose 400 feet.
Types and ages of rocks that underlie the surface of the ground... This is a Geologic Map. We'll be learning a lot about these!
 

 

 

"Enough, Lulu! Let's get down to brass tacks! What do I need to know in order to use a map to locate something?!"  

 

"The first thing to learn is how to measure distance on a map!! Go to Maps Home Page and click on 'Distance'!"

 

Part 2

MAPS ASSIGNMENT PART II:
CONTOUR MAPS

 

 

What you need to do:
  1. In an orderly fashion, work your way through the following topic:
    • Contour Maps
      1. Introduction
      2. Labeling Contours
      3. Depression Contours
      4. Contour spacing and steepness
      5. Gradient

    For the above:

    • Read and understand the material
    • Take all the quizzes
    • Check your answers using the answer-checking devices.

     

  2. Click on the red button. Carefully examine the fully worked-out answer to a map problem similar to the one you have to hand in for this assignment. It is also similar to a problem that you will be asked to answer on the final exam.
    SAMPLE WORKED-OUT PROBLEM

     

  3. Print out the three Contour Map Exercise Work Sheets:

     

WORK SHEET 1 (CM-1)
WORK SHEET 2 (CM-2)
WORK SHEET 3 (CM-3)

 

  1. INSTRUCTIONS FOR WORK SHEET 1:
    Using the indicated scale and contour interval, answer the four questions. When you have finished, check your answers by clicking on the red button below. You do not need to hand in your answers.

     

    ANSWERS FOR PROBLEM 1

     

  2. INSTRUCTIONS FOR WORK SHEET 2:
    Using the indicated scale and contour interval, answer the four questions. When you have finished, check your answers by clicking on the red button below. You do not need to hand in your answers.

     

    ANSWERS FOR PROBLEM 2

     

  3. INSTRUCTIONS FOR WORK SHEET 3:
    1. Click on the button and determine the length of the scale bar and the value of the contour interval that you are to use.
    2. Follow the instructions on your printout.

     

     

     

  4. WHAT YOU HAVE TO SUBMIT:Transfer the information from completed Contour Maps Work Sheet 3 (CM-3) to Contour Maps Submission Form (CM-3S). 
    Email the completed submission form to your instructor.

    KEEP A COPY FOR YOURSELF!

     

Part 3

MAPS ASSIGNMENT PART III
TOPOGRAPHY AND GEOGRAPHY

 

 

What you need to do:

 

  1. In an orderly fashion, work your way through the following topics:
    1. Describing Topography
      • All parts
    2. Geography of the NYC Region
      • All parts
  2. For all of the above:
    • Read and understand the material
    • Do all the exercises
    • Take all the quizzes
    • Check your answers using the answer-checking devices.
  3. WORK SHEETS YOU NEED TO COMPLETE:
    G-5 Hill Description Form
    G-6 NYC Landforms Description Form
    G-3 Topography of Manhattan and Adjacent Areas of the Bronx and New Jersey - Worksheet
    G-4 Topography of Brooklyn and Queens - Worksheet

 


WHAT YOU NEED TO SUBMIT:
Nothing to submit.

MAKE SURE TO KEEP THE COMPLETED WORKSHEETS!
YOU WILL NEED THEM FOR FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS!

Part 4

MAPS ASSIGNMENT PART IV
GEOLOGIC MAPS

 

 

What you need to do:

  1. In an orderly fashion, work your way through the following topics:
    1. Bedrock and Surficial Geology
    2. Geologic Maps
      • All parts
  2. For all of the above:
    • Read and understand the material
    • Do all the exercises
    • Take all the quizzes
    • Check your answers using the answer-checking devices.
    • Answer the Journal Questions.

     

     

     

  3. WHAT YOU HAVE TO SUBMIT:
    Nothing to submit.