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November 27


This week we’re moving on to look at soils – one of the chief products of weathering and erosion by water, ice, and other processes. Soils are also critically important to all natural systems. They are essential for plant growth that in turn supports animal (and human) systems.

We’re also looking at deserts! I know that’s not at the top of most Vancouverites’ list of favourite topics, but globally deserts cover vast areas of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, South and North America (think Arizona, Nevada, etc.). One of the consequences of climate change is that deserts are expanding – rapidly. This has huge social, economic, and political implications, particularly in regions around the Sahara Desert in North Africa.

This week, please:

  • Read online notes 18 and Deserts and the text Chapter 18Lab 5 is due Tuesday, November 28.  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.
  • 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.
  • Record your reading on Canvas by next Tuesday, midnight.
  • Your Final Exam is Thursday, December 7, 6-7 p.m. PT (set by the Registrar). A study guide is here.   Like the midterm, the exam will be a quiz on Canvas.
  • As with the midterm, the exam requires lock-down browser.   Details for the Lock down browser are here:  https://rossway.net/lockdown-browser/
  • I have posted a one-question Respondus test quiz on Canvas. Please download the browser and test your tech well BEFORE the exam.  The test quiz is available NOW.
  • You will be monitored by Zoom (using a second device like your phone, showing you and your desk).  You must be on the Zoom call and keep your CAMERA ON at all times. Please keep your MICROPHONE OFF.   

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