lab is a project that you will have to complete by putting together a very short powerpoint. This is a way for you to apply physical geography concepts to real life. Please keep in mind that this lab course is meant to supplement your Physical Geography class, so I will include a free textbook resource for you to consult in case you need additional information.
You will have to put together a 5-slide presentation as follows:
Slide 1: A title for your presentation, your name, and a brief abstract (50-100 words) of what concept you will be focusing on.
Slide 2 – 5: On each slide include a picture that illustrates a physical geography concept of your choice and an explanation of how that picture represents the concept (50-150 words)
Picture selection guidelines: Normally I would ask you to go outside and take photos for this project, as physical geography encompasses everything around us, however with the current developments I suggest you use your photo library to find photos that you took in the past. Please make sure that the content is suitable for the eyes of your professor. If you don’t have any photos in your collection and you are unable to take any, please use a carefully chosen online photo. Make sure you give credit to the author. For the purpose of this exercise I strongly encourage you to use your own photos.
Text guidelines: First, explain what concept the photo represents. Use terminology specific to physical geography. Tell me why you chose the photo, and what makes it a good representation of that concept. Also, frame that concept in the big picture of physical geography.
Ex. Picture showing small earthquake damage.
Text: This picture shows damage recorded after the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake. I chose this photo because earthquakes are a significant hazard in Southern California due to seismic activity in the San Andreas and many other adjacent faults. San Andreas fault is a transform please boundary, which means that two tectonic plates move past each other. As the movement is not constant through time, pressure accumulates in the fault, and it’s being released during earthquake activity. The other 2 type of plate boundaries are convergent plate boundaries, when 2 plates move towards each other, and divergent plate boundaries, when 2 plates move away from each other. Generally all plate boundaries are characterized by seismic activity.
Although San Andreas fault is considered the main source of earthquakes in Southern California, many earthquakes, such as the Ridgecrest earthquake are triggered by movement in smaller faults. Earthquake magnitude is measured on the Richter scale. The place when the fault rupture occurs is called a focus and the place on the surface directly above the focus is called the epicenter. Although this particular event did not produce significant damages in the more populated areas of LA County, it should serve as a reminder that our region is extremely vulnerable to this natural hazard.