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January 18

Praise the LORD from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the LORD,
for he issued his command, and they came into being.
He set them in place forever and ever.
His decree will never be revoked.

(Psalm 148:1-4)


Welcome to Geography!  I hope you are beginning to get excited about learning about God’s creation!  As we grow to appreciate the wonders God has made, we can also deepen our love for the Creator!  God has created such a glorious world for us to live in!  Praise Him!

One of the disciplines I encourage you to consider is stop using the words “nature” or “environment” and begin using the word “creation.”  After all, we believe that the natural world around us is God’s creation!  When you start thinking and talking about the natural environment as “creation” you begin to look at it differently, think about it differently, and treat it differently.  Try it!

This week we are looking at the atmosphere – the layer of gases that surround the earth “in which we live and move and have our being.”  Without the atmosphere we would be unable to breathe and the earth’s surface would either freeze or bake (depending on whether or not it is facing the sun).  The atmosphere prevents earth from being as dead as the moon.

The atmosphere is delicately balanced, however.  There are a variety of pollutants that can disrupt this finely tuned system.  Depleting ozone layers and acid rain are two direct consequences of pollution.

On the Crandall moodle site you can see who else is in the class.  Feel free to work together — studying, on assignments, etc. (sorry, not on exams!).  Just remember to think for yourself — your friends may not always have the right answer!

This week, please:

  • Read online notes 3 (www.rossway.net/crandall1023) and Chapter 3 in the text
  • Begin Lab 1 (Labs link on website), due Tuesday, January 26 at the Academic Office
  • Make a great contribution to the online discussion group on https://www.elearning.crandallu.ca/ by Saturday midnight.  This is a great way to get to know your classmates.  And they are relatively easy marks.

If you have any questions, get in touch with me right away!  Email works best … Bruce.Martin@crandallu.ca or bruce@rossway.net.   I should respond within 24 hours on weekdays.  Weekends I take off.

Bruce Martin, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor (Geography)