Due, Thursday, October 11
(originally due Tues., Oct. 9)
The Cascade Volcanoes
Write a brief (<300 word) essay describing the Cascade
Volcanoes. What types of volcanoes are they? Where are
they? What is their plate tectonic setting? Do they pose
threats to any major population centers? What, specifically are
the threats? What is the likelihood that a Cascade Volcano will
erupt anytime in the near future? Is there any ongoing
activity--volcanic or seismic--associated with any of the
volcanoes? What is it? What can geologists do to help
alleviate the dangers? Use information from the handout on Mt.
Rainier, your text booklet, and the Cascade Volcano Observatory
homepage to answer these questions. You can go directly to the
CVO homepage at
The answers to some of these questions will be immediately apparent and
easy to describe. Others will require more thought and some
research. On the CVO homepage, I recommend clicking on “Cascade
Volcanoes” underneath the heading “Volcanoes.”
To get a better feeling for what these volcanoes are like, take a look
through their photo archives.
A few suggestions:
Decide beforehand on your major points and group
them in clear paragraphs.
As with any written assignment, provide concrete,
specific examples to illustrate your points.
A few things to be especially careful about:
mis-use of the word “it’s”
mis-use of the words there/their/they’re
non-gender neutral words
Your essay is due at the beginning of class on Thursday, October 11.
(note: the original syllabus has it due on Tuesday, Oct 9).
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