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John E Vidale
ESS 202
Seattle Campus


Earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest and around the world - their cause and relationship to plate tectonics; why, where, and when they occur. How earthquakes affect human life: shaping landscape, hazards. Laboratory explores physical processes associated with earthquakes. One field trip. Open to non-science majors.

Class description

Earthquakes and related natural hazards in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Student learning goals

The cause and mechanics of earthquakes.

Where earthquakes strike around Seattle and the world.

The effects of earthquakes on society.

The basics of the related hazards landslides, volcanoes, and tsunamis.

A modicum about science research and hazard mitigation.

General method of instruction

Lectures, labs, and a group writing and presentation project.

Recommended preparation

An open mind (not too much math).

Class assignments and grading

Strictly numerical based on performance on tests and assignments.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by John E Vidale
Date: 12/19/2009