GEOL 1208.1 Environmental GeologyAssignment #1 – Contest and Individual Assignment
Due Date: Thursday, 8 Nov 2018
I would like you to think about and reflect on geological processes. The purpose of this
assignment to apply your knowledge of the course so far to your life or the lives of your family.
What you are doing is writing about a geological event or process that you or your family
observed. This assignment is not a group project. You are to do this alone—it is individual
work. This assignment will also form the basis for a contest with allegedly great prizes with two
Choose a topic, event or process that you have observed here in Halifax, elsewhere in the world
or previously in your life (childhood? back home?). You may also use recollections of family,
friends or relatives as you are searching for a topic, event or process in environmental geology.
You cannot use current topics in the media. You must have observed this geological process or
event. You could also get a story from your relatives or parents. I suggest that you start by
considering the topics in the textbook – read the course outline. There are four sections—
Foundations, Hazards, Resources, and the Future—that are rich in topics that offer potential for
you. Then look around your area of the university and Halifax.
The most important part of this exercise is to reflect on why this topic, event or process is
important [or not] to you and what it means to you. You will also need to show a connection to
the course, your life, the media and/or other courses at university.
Here is the marking scheme based on 20 points maximum. The words that are underlined are
underlined are also the headings that should appear in your assignment.
Topic: 2 pts. Title, use of headings, and topic.
Title page: 1 pt.
Description: 6 pts. Brief description necessary for me to understand and for you to
explain what happened.
Reflection: 5 pts. Answer questions such as: What did I learn? What did this mean to me?
Why is it important to me?
Connection: 6 pts. Connect the story with your life, this course or the media. Describe
how it affected others in your family or circle of friends. How is this story meaningful to
In order to get more than 9/20 you must show evidence of reflection and connection.
This assignment does not have to be long. I think a minimum of 200 carefully chosen words
would suffice. Most people write 500 to 1000 words.
All submissions for the contest must have a title page (name, course, A-number, title). Late
submissions will loose 10%.
Have fun. I think you’ll enjoy this and learn from it. Besides, you may win the contest!
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