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November 30

The Lord is king!  Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad.

Psalm 97:1

Hi! This week we’re into some familiar territory for Vancouverites … coastlines! Hopefully you’re already an expert (or can find a friend who is …).  With climate change (more frequent, more violent storms), rising sea levels, and more people living close to sea level, these issues are critical. I recently met a geography graduate student at Memorial University (Newfoundland) who is doing her thesis on risks to archaeological sites in Newfoundland due to rising sea levels. We also consider processes that shape alpine (mountain) landscapes. While we often think of glaciers as just in the mountains, they are actually profoundly shaping whole continents (Antarctica) and much of the Canadian Arctic. This week we’ll look at the role of glaciers in landscape formation. The retreat of glaciers both in mountains and continental icecaps is one of the primary evidences of global climate change. This is a topic we consider in more depth in Geography 102. This week, please:
  • Read Chapters 16 and 17 in the text and online notes 16, 17a, 17b
  • Lab 4 is due December 8. This is a “Quiz” on Canvas www.canvas.ubc.ca.  You will have to do it all in one sitting (but there is no time limit).  Use your text and online notes as references – it IS open book.  Allow 2-3 hours.
  • Make a contribution to the online discussion forum on Canvas www.canvas.ubc.ca by Saturday midnight. This is a great way to get to know your classmates.
  • Please record your reading on Canvas by Sunday midnight
  • Your final exam is Wednesday, December 23, 3-4 pm. This date and time is set by the Registrar. A study guide is here. This will be monitored by Proctorio. Please take the practice quiz on Canvas to make sure your technology works. We will not have time before Christmas to make alternative arrangements.
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