Gallery Walk Questions on Weathering and Mass Wasting
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
created by Mark Francek, Central Michigan University
What is soil creep?
What is the difference between weathering and erosion?
Develop a set of instructions for homeowners to evaluate whether their property is prone to mass wasting or weathering damage.
1. What variables would you use from soils, topographic, and bedrock maps in siting a new subdivision in a hilly region near San Francisco?
2. Look at the following topographic quadrangles. Examine how structure, lithology, and geomorphic process contribute to the landforms depicted on the map. (Instructor picks out quadrangles.)
Write an experiment, with hypothesis, methods, and analysis section, showing how food can illustrate weathering or mass wasting.
1. Based on the soils, topographic, and bedrock maps, what is the problem with siting the dam at Pt. A?
2. Look at the posted topographic quadrangle. Argue for/against the mass wasting potential on this map of glacial features. Place a red sticker on areas depicted on the map that are unlikely to have a mass wasting event. Justify your assessment. Place a green sticker on areas where a mass wasting event is promising. Justify your assessment.
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