EXERCISE 2 -- WHERE ARE YOU?
This exercise will be due on March 6: note the due date change from syllabus.
1. What are the Geographic Coordinates for SSU?
(always state Latitude first, then Longitude, in degrees, minutes, and seconds; always include
To help you think about location, place, movement, region, earth-human relationships, this is a trivia treasure hunt that will help describe where you are living now, and where SSU is in relation to the rest of the world. Use your textbook (glossary, on-line resources) to help you understand some of the terms. Please include your sources of information as much as possible. Work in teams, but do your own work. Check the index of your text. Use the topographic maps, atlases, and soil survey books on reserve in the Map Library. You may also find resources on the web, however these tend to be less reliable. Please use the Map Library resources. Map Library hours have not yet been set for Spring Semester -- See hours on the door. Come and see Dr. Malamud-Roam to get in at other times.
hemispheres, e.g. N, W, E, S)
2. If you drilled a hole straight through the earth from here, (assuming this was possible, which it isn't), where would your hole come out? Give Geographic Coordinates:
How did you calculate this?
3. What type of climate is found at SSU? (for help with this, see Chapter 20 in your textbook) What is its Kˆppen Classification? As we study weather and climate, think about why the climate is the way it is here. Use California Patterns in the Map Library to answer this.
Mean Annual Precipitation:
Mean July Temperature:
Mean January Temperature:
Other description (e.g. foggy night & mornings, how seasons vary, etc.)
4. What is the topography like in the SSU area? How high is Sonoma Mountain? What is the elevation of campus? What is the local relief here (subtract SSU's elevation from the elevation of Sonoma Mountain)? Use the Cotati and Glenn Ellen 7.5' topo maps in the Map Library to answer this.
5. What is the dominant vegetation at SSU campus and surrounding areas? What do you think the natural vegetation would be? (Check out the Native Plant Garden on campus, if you have time.) Use the Atlas of California or California Patterns in the Map Library to answer this.
6. What kinds of soils do we have here at SSU? (Check the Soil Map in the Atlas of California or California Patterns, or use the USDA Soil Survey for Sonoma County.)
7. What is the geology of Sonoma Mountain? About how old do you think it is? (Look at the Geologic map of Sonoma County)
8. What do you think has made the slopes of Sonoma Mountain so smooth and rounded over time? (That is, what Geomorphic processes have shaped Sonoma Mountain?)
9. Where does Copeland Creek (on the north side of campus) flow from? Where are its headwaters? Is this a year-round creek or an intermittent creek? (Check the Glen Ellen and Cotati topo maps).
10. Putting it all together, how would you describe the physical setting for the SSU Campus? Do you think this a good place for a university, why or why not?