Watershed Trip Project.
Research and estimate features and characteristics of the watershed in which you reside.
Discover and visit the stream nearest your place of residence.
Photo document the conditions of the stream, and describe its physical characteristics in a report.
This also helps to meet the general course learning outcomes:
identify and describe basic concepts and patterns in physical geography;
explain and utilize Earth’s reference grid: latitude and longitude, latitudinal geographic zones related to climate, and the relationship of Earth’s major climates and biomes;
spatially analyze landforms and processes that occur within and across the surface of the Earth, and distinguish between internal and external landform-shaping processes;
describe earth systems science and the interrelationships of the four integrated spheres (atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere), enabling critical evaluation of environmental information to form knowledgeable opinions.
Questions for this Week:
In Dispossessing the Wilderness, Mark David Spence explores how the creation of the national parks was predicated on the dispossession of Indigenous peoples. What form(s) did this dispossession take? Beyond just physical removal, in what way(s) were the different Indigenous communities highlighted by Spence impacted by the creation of the national parks? In your response you should consider the political, spiritual, and cultural ramifications of this process.
Spence’s argument is based on an understanding of the wilderness ideal and of wilderness as cultural construct. What does Spence mean by the “wilderness ideal”? In what ways is wilderness a cultural and historical construct? What are some of the events and processes described by Spence that can help us better understand how wilderness is created? How does this concept, in turn, encourage us to reexamine the origins of the national parks and what they preserve?
How does Spence situate the creation of the national parks – Yellowstone, Glacier, and Yosemite, in particular – within the broader context of American history around the turn of the century? What relationships does he explore between the creation of the parks and the federal policies of Indian removal, reservations, and assimilation? How does the integration of these histories shed new light on the creation of the national park system in the United States?
Dispossessing the Wilderness is based around three core case studies of Yellowstone, Glacier, and Yosemite National Parks. Choose one of those case studies to explore in more detail. According to Spence, how did the process of dispossession unfold in this park? What form(s) did it take? How did this process relate to the creation of the wilderness ideal and the development of the park? What impact(s) did this process have on the Indigenous communities most closely associated with those lands?
Spence concludes his work with a discussion of recent and current concerns (as of 1999) among different Indigenous communities regarding the management and operation of the national parks. How does he characterize those concerns? In what way(s) are Indigenous communities still affected by their dispossession to create the national parks? What are some of the solutions proposed by these communities and/or by Spence to address these issues? What do you make of those proposals?
Compare Spence’s work to our reading from last week, Alfred Runte’s National Parks: The American Experience. In what respects do these two studies share similar themes in their discussion of the origins of the national park idea? In what respects do they differ? Importantly, how does this week’s reading add to our emerging understanding of park history and perhaps complicate the depiction of the national parks by Runte and/or Burns?
Reminder: You should respond to at least three (3) of the above questions. Your initial responses should be complete, thoughtful, and thoroughly address the questions you have chosen to respond to. At the conclusion of your initial response, you should also propose at least one relevant, thought-provoking question to the rest of the class.
Takhteyev, Y., Gruzd, A., & Wellman, B. (2012). Geography of Twitter networks. Social networks, 34(1), 73-81.
You will not be summarizing an article like a book report but providing a review that evaluates the content and context of an article of the work with careful analysis in a short critical essay of 500-750 words. Please provide an APA citation of the journal article that you have chosen at the beginning of this paper.
Basic components should be completed in this review:
1. A brief introduction of the author(s).
2. You will need to identify the theme and or argument of the article.
3. Provide a shorty summary / synopsis of the article.
4. A logically organized assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the work.
5. Three key findings from the work that are relevant to the field of Human Geography.
Your paper critique should adhere to the following formatting requirements: 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins.
Why would it be more efficient (in terms of ecological energetics) for people to be vegetarian? Discuss your answer with reference to the pyramid-shaped structure of ecological productivity. Create a diagram to illustrate your answer.
Also, please list additional reasons why vegetarians have a smaller “ecological footprint” associated with their feeding habits.
The written portion of this questions should be about 3 paragraphs.
The purpose of your final project is to articulate a clear and concise opinion based on your research and written as an op-ed.
An op-ed is a short piece published in a newspaper or magazine but written by someone not affiliated with the editorial board. It expresses the author’s opinion but should be based on research and/or experience. Op-eds are one way you can get your voice out into public debate, sway policy decisions and public opinion, or participate in civil society. For these reasons, writing an op-ed is a useful skill to have.
The final op-ed should be 1,250-1,300 words.
Tell readers why the topic is important.
Offer them your opinion on the issue.
Use research from your summary sheet to support your argument (e.g. describe an article, use examples).
Use descriptions and hyperlinks to cite your sources (see video instructions provided).
Acknowledge alternative viewpoints, and explain why you hold your opinion rather than alternatives.
Try to bring in your personal voice; if you can include a personal story that relates, do so.
Use the active voice (“I”), avoid jargon, and write in short, clear sentences. Proofread!
My topic is solar energy is the best renewable energy, I compare it with wind energy do some search in the previous assignment. You can use the source or my thought. In this OP-Ed. You could be using solar energy compared with wind energy. Or just say solar energy is the best. (Below is the previous homework I did.)
There are two sources that must be used:
1.) Rowntree, Lester, Martin Lewis, Marie Price, William Wyckoff, 2018, Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development, 7th edition,
2.) Population Reference Bureau report, 2021 World Population Data Sheet
Country Choice: Canada
Write a summary about each of the European city included in both videos. Include a short paragraph
about the difference between the American and the European cities.- about 1.5
Europe is a very small continent with a rich history, great culture, architecture and great people! I
would like to show you the cultural identity of the countries and the extraordinary landscape. You will
see the difference between the American and the European cities, the organization, the transportation,
the downtowns, the street and plazas full with people, and the everyday life of these great nations!
25 Best Places to Visit in Europe – Travel Europe:
For this project, you will create a unique 3 stop field trip pamphlet that summarizes different phenomena of the lithosphere in three locations through images, captions and paragraphs.
Lithosphere Field Trip Pamphlet
You will design a digital “virtual” field trip pamphlet. Your completed pamphlet should “virtually” transport a student along a field trip route with three “stops” where phenomena of the lithosphere can be observed and discussed. . Use a word processing program like Word or Pages to create ONE 8.5″ x 11″ trifold pamphlet, double-sided field trip pamphlet that summarizes what the phenomena is, how it formed, what kind of hazard it poses(if any) at each of the three field trip “stops.” Use images, captions, tables, sketches, maps and paragraphs to illustrate your point and cite all outside information. Check out the following example:
Check out these examples:
Field Trip Pamphlet_small-1.pdf
1. You will pick a geographic area for your pamphlet. This geographic area should be an individual state or a foreign country. You can choose an individual US state but Not the United States as a whole or the state of California.
2. Choose Three different lithosphere phenomena located in your geographic area for the below categories.
Volcano and associated landforms
Various types of rock slides
Rivers and associated landforms
Glaciers and glacial landforms
When choosing your phenomena, you can pick two in the same category and one in a different category but the two in the same category need to be significantly different. If you pick Volcanoes as one of your categories, I don’t want to see two volcanic peaks. Pick one volcanic peak, then a landform such as lava flow, tunnel, dike, etc… to examine.
Once you have your phenomena you will have to do research and find interesting things in the location you chose.
3. Write about what the phenomena is, how the phenomena formed, any hazards it poses, anything else interesting about it.
4. You will combine these three stops into a 3 stop field trip pamphlet of your area. The pamphlet needs to be a double sided trifold style pamphlet. This gives you 6 “panels” to work with. one panel should be a title panel, then one panel for each of you three stops, one more panel for whatever extra space you need and a final panel for your sources. See the examples I have provided for ideas. Both Microsoft Word and Mac Pages can easily create pamphlets. IF you do not know how to do it, Google.com is your friend.
Watch this video to see how you will create a trifold pamphlet and complete the assignment
How to Complete Your Assignment
Submit your work here in the CANVAS system as a .pdf file. If you do not know how yo create a pdf, see the announcement I posted about submitting assignments or use Google to find out how to make one using your preferred word processing program(this should not cost any money).
Directions to Submit
On the right hand Menu, you will see a SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT button with a white plus sign.
Click on the SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTbutton. Then click BROWSE to look for your file on your computer.
When done, click the SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT button.
The Geography of the United States
Select a region in the United States and a specific time frame within either past, present or
future and argue why it is the most important region. Importance could be political, economic,
environmental, etc. There is no correct answer – you just need to pick an argument and explain
it. The paper needs to be 3-5 pages. The paper needs a bibliography – the bibliography is on top
of the 3-5 pages for the paper.
Use what you learned in the lecture, readings, films as well as your own research. You need to
have at least 3 outside sources for your paper.
If you argue that a specific region will be the most important in the future, explain what
industry, environmental factor(s), cultural phenomenon will make it the most important and
– Argument: clear, well-formed argument
– Bibliography: properly formatted (chose a style and stick with it)
– Other: you clearly chose a region and time frame and argued
why it is most important and provided descriptive examples; you
highlighted aspects about the region you learned both in class
and through your own research
– Grammar: you use proper grammar (hint: read a draft of your
paper out loud to check for grammatical mistakes) and spelling
– Sources: More than 3 outside sources; cited properly in text
(either footnote, endnote or in-text)