To complete the Geography Current Events Assignment you need to do the following:
1-Find 10 articles about California’s Geography, both physical and/or cultural, on the Internet. Use your Internet search engine and your text index to find these 10 Internet websites with articles by using topics such as news, earthquakes, water, pollution, population, in California.
2-Write a 150-word summary for EACH of the 10 articles on California Geography that you find on the Internet. At the top of each summary, include the article title and the Internet web address.
3-Combine all 10 summaries into one WORD document saved in Rich Text Format if possible.
The following is an example of 1 Web site article and its summary.
August 18, 2000, Rumors of the ‘Big One’ May be Exaggerated, Scientists Say.
http://www.cnn.com/2000/NATURE/08/18/quake.risk.enn/index.html (Links to an external site.)
The Hayward Fault that runs from Fremont to Berkeley, California has been firmly locked since the 1868 earthquake that ruptured along it. Scientists used to believe that the next “big one” would most likely occur along this zone. However, a recent study suggests otherwise. A group of researchers from the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NASA’s JPL, and UC Davis found that the potential danger might be less than previously thought. However, they caution, that these findings are still preliminary. As Dr. Lucy Jones said that more work needs to be done and we just don’t have the time or the people to do the work. Dr. Jones also stated that there is a better probability of a major earthquake occurring along the San Andreas Fault close to the San Bernardino County area. Here the Mojave Big Bend segment causes the pacific plate to bump along the North American plate, causing much compression and creating blind thrust faults in coastal southern California. An earthquake along this section of the San Andreas fault will cause a lot of destruction of the infrastructure, especially in the area around route 15. However, in the meantime, these continue to be theories that will need more research. No one really knows when or where the next big one will strike.
This article ties in with Geography because faults and earthquakes are part of the tectonic processes that helped to create the landforms of California. These processes are discussed in Chapters 2 and 3 in Selby.