Geologic Disasters Workbook with Applications to Physical Geology and Oceanography

Author(s): David M Best, Mario V Caputo

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2022

Pages: 306


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Our planet is a dynamic place. Geologic Disasters Laboratory provides hands-on learning experiences for students to better understand the geologic concepts behind the disasters they are studying.

The individual laboratories featured in this book are created to fit with courses using Earth’s Natural Hazards: Understanding Natural Disasters and Catastrophes; however they can be easily used with other disaster courses as well.

The authors have created 15 laboratories covering a wide range of natural disasters. The labs use real-world data sets, several labs feature the use of Google Earth, and a portion of them can be completed by students working outside of a formal laboratory time.

Check out Earth's Natural Hazards: Understanding Natural Disasters and Catastrophes by Best and Hacker for your disasters course textbook.


Lab 1: Measurement Systems

Lab 2: Minerals and Rocks of Interest

Lab 3: Plate Tectonics and Geologic Hazards

Lab 4: Introduction to Google Earth

Lab 5: Volcanoes

Lab 6: Earthquakes

Lab 7: Topographic Maps

Lab 8: Mass Movement and Subsidence

Lab 9: Tsunami

Lab 10: Extraterrestrial Objects

Lab 11: Global Climate Change

Lab 12: Rivers and Flooding

Lab 13: The Coast: Processes and Hazards

Lab 14: Wildfires

Lab 15: Biological Hazards: Human and Natural Impacts on the Environment

David M Best

David grew up in North Carolina, where he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B. S. in mathematics. He completed his M. S. in geology and then served in the U. S. Navy. After returning to UNC-Chapel Hill to obtain his Ph. D. in geology, he began his teaching career at Northern Arizona University in 1978. During his more than three decades at NAU, he has taught classes in introductory and physical geology, geophysics, statistical methods, and the geology of Arizona. He has also served in various administrative roles, including department chair, and associate dean and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. After returning to the teaching ranks in 2003, he began teaching geologic hazards along with the geocommunications course required of geology majors. Since 1998 he has team-taught a biology and geology field course in the national parks with Syl Allred.

Mario V Caputo

Originally from Massachusetts, and son of Italian immigrants, Mario and his parents settled in southern California in the mid-1950s. After college preparatory at St. Francis High School, he was trained in classical geology at San Diego State University (BSc 1976), general geology at Northern Arizona University (MSc 1981) in Flagstaff, sedimentology at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado (1981,1983), and sedimentology, paleoecology, and coastal and eolian geomorphology at the University of Cincinnati (PhD 1988). His employment history began in oil and gas exploration for 4 years with Mobil Oil Corporation in Denver, Colorado, followed by a full-time teaching career in geosciences at Mississippi State University, with adjunct appointments at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. Mario is emeritus professor of geosciences at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, where he was a four-time recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award, then followed as lecturer/adjunct professor in sedimentology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and at San Diego State University. 

Professional involvement as field trip leader and session chair has been with the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), Geological Society of America (GSA), National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), Utah Geological Association (UGA), San Diego Association of Geologists (SDAG), and the San Diego State Geology Alumni. He continues to serve the Pacific Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology (PS-SEPM) as managing editor.    

His published field research continues in sediments and sedimentary rocks in southern Utah, southern Nevada, northern Arizona, southern California, northern Gulf of Mexico, and San Salvador Island, the Bahamas.  

Related ISBN's: 9781792464690, 9798765705988




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