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September 28

Glorify the Lord, O Jerusalem!  Praise your God, O Zion!  For he has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your children within your walls.  He sends peace across your nation and satisfies your hunger with the finest wheat.  He sends his orders to the world – how swiftly his word flies! He sends the snow like white wool; he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.  He hurls the hail like stones.  Who can stand against his freezing cold?  Then, at his command, it all melts.  He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.

Psalm 147:12-18


We all know that some parts of the world are warmer than others (compare the Equator with Vancouver – or even better Baffin Island!).  Chapter 5 focuses on global temperature patterns.  In this chapter we explore some of the reasons for these differences.  You will also discover some very practical, personal things like wind chill and the humidex (or heat index).  Unfortunately Vancouver, being on the coast, doesn’t get the extremes of temperature that the continental interior of Canada gets!  Every true Canadian needs to spend at least one winter in Edmonton, Saskatoon, or Winnipeg …

Note that if you have the etext version, for Lab 2 QUESTIONS 13-16 you will need to use this Figure from the 4th Edition:  Figure 3.2 with Percentages (follow the link, open in a new tab)

We are doing TWO chapters this week.  In an intensive course like this, we need to do that in order to get all the content in.

This week, please:

  • Read online notes 5 and 6 (below) and Text Chapters 5 & 6
  • Lab 2 is due Tuesday, September 29.  This is a Quiz on Canvas.  You can take as much time as you like; it is open book; but you do have to do it all in one sitting.  Allow about 2-3 hours for it.Lab 3 is due Tuesday, October 6.
  • Make a great comment in the online discussion forum on Canvas
  • Record your readings on Canvas by Sunday midnight.
  • Your midterm exam is Thursday, October 8, 2-3 p.m. PT. A study guide is here. This will be an online exam as a Quiz on Canvas, monitored by Proctorio. Please read the study guide AND complete the test quiz on Canvas to make sure your technology works well before the real exam.

If you have any questions, get in touch with me right away!  Email works best … bmartin@corpuschristi.ca.

Bruce Martin, Ph.D

Adjunct Professor, Geography