San Jose State University
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Think Like a Geologist Field Trip to Downtown San Jose part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Activities
This fieldtrip is part of a required introductory geology course for civil engineering majors. The trip consists of a walk around downtown San Jose, California, and focuses on three different topics: 1) rocks used to construct buildings, walkways, and sculptures; 2) urban flooding and stream channeling; and 3) the connection between geology, building design, and earthquake damage. Students learn to identify rocks and the characteristics that make each rock type appropriate for different applications. They see an excellent example of engineering for sustainability at a channeled portion of the Guadalupe River and discuss the necessity, pros, and cons of stream channeling. At the San Jose Art Museum building, students learn about the influence geology has on earthquake severity and how architectural design plays a role in minimizing earthquake damage.
Finding a Global View at the Intersection of Geology and Engineering part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Essays
LeAnne Teruya, Geology, San Jose State University On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that caused massive destruction and an astounding loss of 316,000 lives. Little more than a ...