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    Geog100 1 2011 Geog100 1 2011 Presentation Transcript

    • Geography Basics
      Geog 100
    • How old is Planet Earth?
    • 4.6 billion years old
      How do we know?
      Scientists think that Earth probably formed at about the same time as the rest of the solar system. They have determined that some chondrite meteorites, the unaltered remains from the formation of the solar system, are up to 4.6 billion years old. Scientists believe that Earth and other planets are probably that old. They can determine the ages of rocks by measuring the amounts of natural radioactive materials, such as uranium, in them. Radioactive elements decay (change into other elements) at a known rate. For example, uranium gives off radiation and decays into lead. Scientists know the time it takes for uranium to change to lead. They can determine the age of a rock by comparing the amount of uranium to the amount of lead. Source: NASA
    • The Earth changes over time
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm5giPd5Uro
    • What is the circumference of the Earth at the equator?
    • 24,901.55 miles
      How long would it take you to walk around the Equator of the Earth?
    • The 7 Continents
      Asia
      Europe
      Africa
      North America
      South America
      Australia
      Antarctica
    • The Continents, Oceans, and borders
    • Where is Rhode Island?
      Latitude 41 degrees North
      Longitude 71 degrees West
    • Rhode Island in the World
    • Ocean floor maps show continental shelves, the true edge of the continents
    • Amazon rainforest
    • Sahara desert
    • Himalayas
    • Mount Everest, 29,035 feet
    • Rocky Mountains
    • Mid Atlantic Ridge
    • Andes Mountains
    • Gobi desert in Mongolia
    • Traditional yurt
    • Greenland, Iceland, Madagascar, Borneo, Japan, and New Zealand. 
    • 7 billion people on Earth?
      World population clock
    • Population in 2050
    • Population Density
    • The Human Footprint
      http://www.wcs.org/humanfootprint/
    • World air traffic
    • The Age of Humans - Anthropocene
      http://www.globaia.org/en/anthropocene/
    • Environmental Change
      Over billions of years, earth systems change.
      Humans have been on earth for about 1 or 2 million years
      About 12,000 years ago, with end of Ice Age, humans migrated into North & South America
      About 10,000 years ago, agriculture was developed in the Middle East
      Since then, the human footprint has expanded rapidly … I = P A T
      Sustainability – what does it mean?
    • Environmental movement
      http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/04/22/science/earth/20100422_environment_timeline.html?ref=science
    • Today
      We live on a changing planet… change is the norm.
      The human interaction with natural systems is complex – we are part of nature, not apart from nature.
      The future will be what we make it to be … all things are possible.
    • Next week - Water
      What is a watershed? What watershed do you live in?
      Where does your water come from?
      What is the quality of the water? What environmental factors affect that quality?
      Who controls the water? Who oversees its quality?
      How much do you use? How much does it cost?
    • For Next Week
      Explore your town via Google maps.
      Find out what watershed you live in.
      Find out where your water comes from and anything else you can find out about it.
      Read the short article about water posted on the course Web site.
      Come to class prepared to discuss what you learned and also hand in a written report (1 or 2 pages).
      Include in that a summary of what you learned from the article plus one or two questions about water.