Department of Earth Science          Northeastern Illinois University

INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE                                                                                  J. Hemzacek homepage 
1-4            FALL 2013
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Recent Earthquakes

Japan (see USGS summary)

Mexico  19 Oct

New Supervolcano Discovery

 additional report on this story at this link


This webpage is the primary informational source for this class. 
Resources and detailed information that you will need to succeed
will be provided in class and on this page.

announcements  updated 9 Dec
Term project information clarification
             and    list of project topics

syllabus "live" version   
              due dates, details, resources, etc.
course documents  printable versions  
class resources and web links:
 info about textbooks for this course

 Academic Integrity: do you know how to avoid problems? 
--> Many people are unclear as to what constitutes plagiarism.
          Use the resources below to be sure that your work is free of violations:

NEIU Student Conduct code
                 ►NEIU on-line tutorial
Indiana Univ: How to Recognize Plagiarism




Course Handouts
and Other Important Stuff

printable versions - as given in class: 
course syllabus (schedule of topics)
course information (grading, etc.)
tips for success              classroom / lab rules
criteria for homework and rubric for assignments

additional course information:

General Education program goals


volcanic eruptions:          Hawaii 3          MtStHelens

                    Hawaii 1 - spectacular eruptions                 Hawaii 2 - flows      
                    4-pyrocl                   -pompeii  
                    Iceland:    typical        1news       dramatic video
        How Volcanoes Work - hydrovolcanic eruptions    

                               Volcanoes of the World | Galápagos Islands
                              El Hierro, Canary Islands

videos and info:     2-kilauea     pele    lava lab  
                               1- plate tec  
                               5-montserrat    6-pinatubo    7-predicting? NZ      8-ring of fire
                                           Kilauea full episode    Sicily and Hawaii
                               Flores Volcano, Azores (Portugal)

        virtual volcano                             magma viscosity

Earth systems:      general

                  rock cycle      1        2         3          .
              water cycle      1        2      .
  USGS         IWR         EoE

some documents are in .pdf form;             
if you do not have Adobe(R) Reader(R),            
click here to download.            



              hotspot oceanic

              Yellowstone:     caldera 1        caldera 2         hotspot    
caldera 3

                figure         active1        active2         Volcano Explosivity Index
                                                                              (and recurrence interval)
               magmas, igneous rocks, volcanoes

Types of deformational behavior of solid materials:
silly putty time lapse          SP drop
             rock deformation images:    ductile1    ductile2       ductile and brittle
                                           structural images         how rocks deform
             wax:     brittle     vs.
                       ductile (and convection):    lavalamp1   lavalamp2  
real mantle convection

              folding & faulting           foldfault2   

geologic provinces of the world                    craton/shield

Earthquakes      USGS home
                Japan:  news     USGS

        Poster of the Oaxaca, Mexico Earthquake of 20 March 2012 - Magnitude 7.4

        USGS Fact Sheet 2006-3125: Earthquake Hazard in the Heart of the Homeland

Folds and geologic maps:        1          2          3          4   

Grand Canyon images      1         2      

Rapid Earthquake Viewer

      lag time 1         
      seismogram1            2                      magnitude amplitude
      eq risk              magnitude and intensity:    (USGS)
                                                       isoseismal map MO      (2)         isoseismal SC
                                                       isoseismal CA

A reminder about time and scale of time

Last updated 18 nov 2013
(c) 2013
J Hemzacek



  ANNOUNCEMENTS             scroll down for earlier announcements
CLARIFICATION:  As announced in class, the PowerPoint is due not later than the start of the final exam period on Wednesday, 11 Dec.
30 Sep     Please be sure to bring the "igneous rock identification key" (the half-sheet page with the mineral names and rock names, that you received in class last Wednesday) to class this Wednesday - 2 Oct.  Thanks!
28 Sep    The next assignment will be due on Wednesday, and will be posted by Monday.
15 Sep     A student email today alerted me to the fact that not all volcano assignments were reflected on the sign-up sheet, and therefore the posted list is incomplete.  The due date for the assignment is therefore being changed to WEDNESDAY 18 Sep. 
If you have already researched your assigned volcano - congratulations, you are now ahead of schedule!  :O) 
If you have not yet even emailed me to get a volcano assignment, you are hereby given a reprieve and a second chance -- make sure you will take advantage of this!!
12 Sep     For the assignment due on Monday, 16 Sep, you will need to have a specific volcano to research.  If you turned in the last assignment, you already have your assigned volcano; in case you have forgotten, click here for the list of assigned volcanoes.

If you did not turn in that assignment, you will need to have a volcano, approved by the instructor. 
To get a volcano, follow these steps:
       1 - examine the list of volcanoes that have already been assigned:  click here for the list.
       2 - pick a volcano* in a different country/ region than any that are already assigned. 
              *To pick a volcano, go to the "live syllabus"/ assignment page, and use the resources for the original assignment
               that was due on 9 Sep.  You will also want to examine the details of the assignment that will be due on Monday, and
               pick a volcano for which you can answer the questions!  You might want to pick more than one volcano, to increase
               the chance that I will approve a volcano you have picked.
       3 - send an email to me, giving the following information:  volcano name(s) with its location... and, of course, your name!
       4 - wait for a response from me, approving your volcano, before starting your research!
9 Sep    if you would like to organize your data for the 14 global sites (from in-class activity), look in the assignment details for a printable chart 
26 Aug     Reminder!  Complete the questions on the rock/fossil worksheet, using appropriate resources to help you to make thoughtful, relevant responses.  The worksheet will be collected at the beginning of class on Wed, 28 Aug. 
If you have a textbook, by all means refer to that; if not, I have listed some resources to get you started: you will find them on the "live syllabus" webpage.  To get there, use the link at the top of the course home page (you should at least note where this is!), or just click here.

Whatever your source(s) of information, remember to take that information and put it into your own words!!
WELCOME to ESCI 121 Section 4 !
The following information will help you navigate obtaining a course text:

There is not a specific, required text for this course.   However, you should note that your success in this class will be much enhanced if you have a textbook available as a resource.

There are many appropriate textbooks available for this course.  Some suggestions are listed below.  Beck's Bookstore will have textbooks available for other sections of this course, and you are welcome to purchase and use any of those texts; however, you should note that a text  for ESCI 121 (this course) will be different than a text for ESCI 123 (the other ESCI GenEd course). 
The focus of an appropriate text for this class will be on the physical geology (how and why the earth works the way it does; the nature and origin of earth materials, etc.) and other earth science topics (ocean and atmosphere science, including weather and climate processes). 
A text for ESCI 123 is more focused on earth surface processes and the interaction/effects of earth processes on the human experience.

New editions of texts are rather pricey, but older editions are rather widely available (through internet sites, etc.) at much reduced cost. 
While an older edition will be perfectly useful to you, I suggest that you use a text edition not older than 2 editions previous (e.g., 7th or 8th, instead of 9th).  Check with friends who may have taken this course!  Perhaps you can borrow a text from someone you know!

** ONE CAUTION:  Whichever option you choose for a text, think about the timing!  If you are ordering online, make sure to order from reputable sellers, so that you know you will receive your text in a timely manner.  Make use of options such as expedited shipping (for a very inexpensive text, this is a good investment!) or check into, for example, Amazon Prime's free 3-day shipping option.  (I believe that Prime membership is free for students)  You don't want to still be waiting for your text as the first exam approaches!

Examples of textbooks that are appropriate for ESCI 121:

title; author (publisher)

Earth Science; Tarbuck et al. (Prentice Hall)
The Blue Planet; Skinner (Wiley)
The Good Earth; McConnell (McGraw Hill)
Earth Lab; Owens (Thomson)

Of course there are others!  If you have access to another text, and want to confirm that it is appropriate for this course, simply ask me.


















Project topics:
    Name of Attraction Location 
  Jessica A. Arches National Park UT
  Areli Mt. Rushmore SD
  Joselyn Yosemite National Park CA
  Jessica C. Carlsbad Caverns NM
  Alysha Devils Postpile CA
  Angela Lava Beds National Monument CA
  Kevin Bryce Canyon National Park UT
  Alicia Mammoth Cave National Park KY
  Josie The Outer Banks NC, VA
  Edgar Boston Harbor Islands MA
  Gabriel Dinosaur National Monument CO-UT
  Margarita Death Valley National Park CA, NV
  Qiana Niagara Falls NY
  Jennifer Petrified Forest AZ
  Tongyu The Wave UT-AZ

Term Project Information and Resources

As announced in class, the PowerPoint is due on Wednesday, 11 Dec - not later than the beginning of the final exam period

  •  For an overview of the term project and requirements, see this document.  

  •  For more details on the evaluation of the project, see the rubric.  You should use this rubric as your "checklist" as you put together your project, in order to maximize the points that you earn!

  •  Be sure to check the assignment page for deadlines and due dates of project "steps" to keep you on track!

  •  The electronic element must be submitted in MS PowerPoint (for Windows) format.  Any other format will not be accepted.  It is your responsibility to leave yourself enough time to create or convert your work into the proper format.  

  •  PLEASE NOTE:  Before submitting your PowerPoint file, you must name the file as specified here.
    Your file name must begin with your last name:
    e.g., Hemzacek Grand Canyon    or   HemzacekJGrandCanyon     or  HemzacekJean
    Grading of your project may be delayed if the file is not named appropriately (thereby potentially resulting in a delay  and/or detriment to your final course grade).


























Research a Volcano!

name of volcano, location - researcher name

Arenal,  Costa Rica  - Selene

Veniaminof,  Alaska  - Qiana

Ubinas,  Peru  - Alysha

Etna,  Italy  - Jennifer

Mt. Laki,  Iceland  - Melissa

Paricutin,  Mexico  - Jessica A.

Popocatepetl,  Mexico  - Edgar

Fuego,  Guatemala  -  Joselyn

Tungurahua,  Ecuador  -  Gabriel

      Guntar,  Indonesia  - Alicia

      Tolbachik,  Russia  - Kevin

      Nevado del Ruiz,  Colombia  - Tongyu

      Suwanose-jima,  Japan  - Areli

      White Island,   New Zealand  - Margarita

      Oku Volcanic field (Monoun/Nyos),  Cameroon  - Josie

      Momotombo,  Nicaragua  - Angela

      Rabaul,  New Britain  -  Jessica C.