GEOMYTHOLOGY LEGENDS OF THE EARTH
GEOMYTHOLOGY IS… <ul><li>The study of myths created by pre-scientific cultures to explain geological events such as earthq...
TWO TYPES OF GEOMYTHOLOGY <ul><li>Folk explanations of notable geologic features </li></ul><ul><li>Garbled descriptions of...
<ul><li>THE ANCIENT GREEKS AND EARTHQUAKES </li></ul><ul><li>Tremors were the result of struggling giants imprisoned in th...
<ul><li>Large magnitude tectonic quakes with tsunamis were attributed to Poseidon, the Earth-shaking god of the sea </li><...
THE ANCIENT GREEKS AND VOLCANOES <ul><li>Hawaiian volcanoes inspired stories about the fire goddess Pele digging a series ...
<ul><li>Mt. Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, is said to erupt because of Typhon’s attempts to escape the mountain.  He ...
<ul><li>Virgil and Pliny the Elder suggested that the giant, one-eyed Cyclopes personified other active volcanoes in the M...
OTHER GEOMYTHS <ul><li>Legends of “birdless places” originated in regions where toxic natural gases are released from vent...
THE FUTURE OF GEOMYTHOLOGY <ul><li>The permanent and safe disposal of thousands of tons of radioactive material from nucle...
<ul><li>Written and visual markers of  menacing  design </li></ul><ul><li>To warn civilizations ahead of the danger buried...
CREATE YOUR OWN GEOMYTH/GEOCHARACTER <ul><li>IN THE FORM OF A WRITTEN MYTH </li></ul><ul><li>IN THE FORM OF A COLORED DRAW...
DRAWINGS/GEOCHARACTERS <ul><li>global warming </li></ul>
BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS
POLLUTION
NUCLEAR WAR
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  1. 1. GEOMYTHOLOGY LEGENDS OF THE EARTH
  2. 2. GEOMYTHOLOGY IS… <ul><li>The study of myths created by pre-scientific cultures to explain geological events such as earthquakes, floods, fossils, and other natural features. </li></ul>
  3. 3. TWO TYPES OF GEOMYTHOLOGY <ul><li>Folk explanations of notable geologic features </li></ul><ul><li>Garbled descriptions of catastrophic geologic events </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>THE ANCIENT GREEKS AND EARTHQUAKES </li></ul><ul><li>Tremors were the result of struggling giants imprisoned in the Earth by Zeus </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Large magnitude tectonic quakes with tsunamis were attributed to Poseidon, the Earth-shaking god of the sea </li></ul>
  6. 6. THE ANCIENT GREEKS AND VOLCANOES <ul><li>Hawaiian volcanoes inspired stories about the fire goddess Pele digging a series of great fire pits as she traveled across the islands </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Mt. Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, is said to erupt because of Typhon’s attempts to escape the mountain. He was imprisoned there by Zeus </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Virgil and Pliny the Elder suggested that the giant, one-eyed Cyclopes personified other active volcanoes in the Mediterranean </li></ul>
  9. 9. OTHER GEOMYTHS <ul><li>Legends of “birdless places” originated in regions where toxic natural gases are released from vents in the Earth, affecting plant and wildlife. </li></ul><ul><li>The image of the cave-dwelling, fire-breathing Chimera, which dwelled in what is now Turkey, was influenced by spontaneously burning natural gas wells in Asia Minor. </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmic wars, in which the gods destroyed giant monsters and buried them underground, account for fossils of pre-historic elephants and other large mammals. </li></ul>
  10. 10. THE FUTURE OF GEOMYTHOLOGY <ul><li>The permanent and safe disposal of thousands of tons of radioactive material from nuclear reactors and weapons may influence geologists to think geomythologically. </li></ul><ul><li>This waste is expected to remain radioactive for 100,000 years. </li></ul><ul><li>The plan is to bury the waste deep underground and prevent it from being disturbed for 10,000 years. </li></ul><ul><li>To do this warnings must remain effective until the year 12,000 A.D. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Written and visual markers of menacing design </li></ul><ul><li>To warn civilizations ahead of the danger buried underground </li></ul>
  12. 12. CREATE YOUR OWN GEOMYTH/GEOCHARACTER <ul><li>IN THE FORM OF A WRITTEN MYTH </li></ul><ul><li>IN THE FORM OF A COLORED DRAWING </li></ul><ul><li>WRITTEN EXAMPLES </li></ul><ul><li>HAWAIIAN LEGEND: PELE </li></ul><ul><li>ZEUS VS. TYPHON </li></ul>
  13. 13. DRAWINGS/GEOCHARACTERS <ul><li>global warming </li></ul>
  14. 14. BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS
  15. 15. POLLUTION
  16. 16. NUCLEAR WAR

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