***Week 8***

Tuesday, November 13.    Hot Spots: Snake River Plain and Yellowstone
Reading for Tuesday: Miller, p. 67-71 for an overview of the region.  More detail about hot spots can be found on the internet –one of the best sources would be the USGS site on plate tectonics: http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/hotspots.html#anchor19316266  (or see link on course website.) There’s also some material on the Hawaiian Islands in the book by Rhodes on p. 142-143.

Writing Assignment #3 due.    Read the Introduction (pages 4-9) of the recent report by the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) entitled “Unnatural Disaster: Global Warming and Our National Parks” at http://www.npca.org/globalwarming/  (the link to the Introduction is on the right side of the page).  Also read the hand-out (Introduction to the book “End of Evolution” by Peter Ward).  In 350 words or less, respond to this statement: These two readings are completely unrelated.

Thursday, November 15.    Hot Spots: Yellowstone and Hawaii
                Continental Accretion
Reading for Thursday: Read the section on Continental Accretion in Miller, p. 79-81.

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