1. The Earth's Crust - For your state (a map of Michigan is available in this seminar)
Remember to cite your sources for each question!
Answer all questions using your own words! Do not provide a link as an answer.
The answers to the following questions should be detailed. Be sure to include the original questions, the numbering/lettering system, along with your answers. The links provided are a courtesy. It is up to the student to find the answers, either at the provided links, or from other sources. If a link is broken, then you will need to do the research.
a. Minerals in your state.
1) Define rocks and provide one example of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks in your state.
2) Define minerals and provide an example. (answer in PowerPoint " Rock Cycle in Michigan ")
b. Do local, state or federal laws require restoration of the land after mining is completed in your state? Identify the laws, indicate whether it is federal, state, or local law and how stringently are they enforced. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mine_reclamation
c. List the different types of natural hazards in your state and describe what is being done to reduce the risk from those hazards.
http://www.meteor.wisc.edu/~hopkins/wx-links/nat-haz.htm Natural Hazards Web Site
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/Doc1_394216_7.pdf Michigan Natural Hazards Analysis
d. Analyzing your "location/position" on the earth.
1) Determine and record the latitude of your community. You can easily do this by Googling "what is the latitude of mycommunity, MI. Remember the latitude represents the "distance" from the equator and thus an indicator of our climate. (Record your latitude) This site can help you: http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html
2) Follow "your" latitude around the world using the "Outline Map of the World" observing the availability of fresh water, salt water and farming lands. Make a statement summarizing your observations.
3) Find the same, numberical, latitude southern hemisphere. Follow that latitude around the world observing the availability of fresh water, salt water and farming lands. Make a statement summarizing your observations.
4) Compare your observations of the availability of land and water and the development of cities (population) in the northern and southern hemispheres.
5) Discuss the implications of your observations for growth in populations and food production worldwide.
RQ You May Use The following Question to Replace one of the Above Questions. (a-e including subparts)
your state's gemstone, and state rock. Which category does it fall
Rare - Learn more about Michigan's gemstone.
2. Solid Waste Analysis
a. Procedure to collect data.
1) List the name of each piece of solid waste for three days that you are "disposing of" or "no longer going to use" or "throwing out" or "passing on to someone else" in the chart. (Copy chart and paste into your report)
2) Categorize this solid waste as recycled, reused, burned, do without, by placing an X in the appropriate box.
My Solid Waste for Three Days
b. Procedure to analyze your solid.
1) Calculate the total number of items of each category.
2) Calculate the percentage of each category. (Add up all the totals to get
a "Grand Total".
3) How do your percentages compare with the percentages provided by the EPA?
According to the U.S. Environmental protection Agency (EPA), 55% Municipal Solid Waste produced is dumped in landfills, 30% is recycled or composted, and 15% is burned in incinerators. Paper makes up about 38% of the trash buried in the U.S. landfills, followed by yard wastes (12%), food waste (11%) and plastics (10%).
c. Solid waste and your community.
your local landfill or your city's Department of Public Works (DPW) for the
1) Identify your city and indicate the company that manages your solid waste disposal? (who picks up the solid waste at your home)
2) What happens to the solid waste disposed in your community?
a) How much solid waste is produced by your city?
b) What is done with your solid waste? Is it placed in landfills, incinerated, composted, recycled?
3) Does your community have a recycling program?
a) Is the recycling program voluntary or mandatory?
b) Does the recycling program have: curbside collection or Drop-off Centers?
4) Hazardous wastes and your community.
Go to: WASTE Enter your zip code. Scroll down to the desired section.
a) List no more than 10 facilities produce hazardous wastes in your community.
b) What happens to these wastes?
c) Are there any active or abandoned hazardous waste dumps in your community?
5) Household Hazardous Wastes - Contact the Health Department for your county (or go to their website) to find out how residents are to dispose of these wastes.
a) What are Household Hazardous Wastes (list them)?
b) What are you supposed to do with Household Hazardous Wastes they won't take?
3. Summarize the application containing "what you did" and "what you found out" concerning this activity.
Rocks and Minerals
Michigan Rock's Web Page
glacial features in the Midwest (amazing photos)
http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/state/982601.pdf The Mineral Industry of Michigan
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/ NIOSH Mining Safety and Health Research Topics
http://www.mg.mtu.edu/hist.htm Mining History Links
http://www.nma.org/statistics/states_econ.asp Mining Facts
http://www.census.gov/prod/ec97/97n21-mi.pdf Michigan Economic Census - Mining
http://neic.usgs.gov/ National Earthquake Information Center
http://www.msu.edu/~fujita/earthquake/ Earthquake information center
http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/qed/qed.html (last 30 days of Earthquake activity)
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/states/michigan/history.php Michigan earthquake history
http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/last_event_states/states_michigan.html Last Earthquake in Michigan
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dynamic/tectonics.html USGS Plate Tectonics and Natural Hazards
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/hazard/ (has slide shows on different natural hazards)
Last Updated: 18 April 2015