Unit 1-Earth Systems and Resources

1. Earth Systems and Resources

A. Earth Science Concepts

Topic Pages Questions Animation
Geologic time scale appendix D None Online Reading, Animation,
Plate tectonics 199-201 #10, p.203 Subduction, Con, Div, Tran, and Plate Tec
Earthquakes None None Waves and Map
Volcanism None None Volcanoes, comp, cinder, shield
Seasons 477 None Seasons, Seasons Animation,
Solar intensity and latitude 476-477 None Temps by Latitude,

Assignments: Easter Island and the Story of Stuff Discussion Questions, Slides 1-7, Quiz 1A
, Planet Earth Mountains Study Guide

B. The Atmosphere

Topic Pages Questions Animation
Composition 474 #2, p.501 Composition, Earth's Spheres
Structure 474-476 #1, p.501 Atmospheric Structure
Weather and climate 477-479, 506-510 #3 p501, #1a p537 Weather, Microclimates, and Climate Zones
Atmospheric circulation and the Coriolis Effect 479-480 #3, p501 Air Movement, Coriolis Effect, Global Winds, Global Air Circulation,
Atmospheric-ocean interactions 510 None

Hurricanes
El Nino Southern Oscillation 510-511 None El Nino Animation 1, Animation 2,

Assignments: Slides 8-16, Atmosphere Activity

C. Global Water Resources and Use

Topic Pages Questions Animation
Freshwater/saltwater
196-198, 412-414
#8 p203, #1a p469, Water Cycle, Reservoirs
ocean circulation
444-449
#2a p469 Surface Currents, NOAA, Currents Animation,
Agriculture, industrial, and domestic use
419-425
#9 p440, #4a p440, #1b p440, #4b p440 Desalination, Water Resources
Surface and groundwater issues
414-418, 425-426
#1a p440, #5a p440, Aquifer Depletion,
Global problems
426-427
#2a p440, #3a p440, Groundwater overuse
Conservation
427-429
#2b 440, #5b p440, #1a-3a p441, #1b-3b p441  

Assignment: Slides 17-28, Freshwater Depletion in the Colorado River Basin Letter, Planet Earth Freshwater Study Guide, Water Footrpint Activity

D. Soil and Soil Dynamics

Topic Pages Questions Animation
Rock cycle 198-199 #9 p203 Rock Cycle, Mechanical Weathering
Formation 237-239 #3a p259, #4a p259, Soil Formation,
Composition 239-240 #5 p259 Soil Profile,
Physical and chemical properties 240-242 #9 p259 Soil Texture,
Main soil types p240 None  
Erosion and other soil problems 233-237, 242-246, 252-256 #2a p259, #6 p259, #10 p259, #4 p260, #5 p240 Rain splash erosion, Wind Erosion, Erosion animation,
Soil conservation 246-252, 256-258 #7 p259, #8 p259, #1b p259, 3b p259, #6 p260, #1-3 p260 Erosion Control, Interplanting,

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