PHOTO DISCUSSION #4 due dec17 INTRODUCTION
This project is designed to help you discover the physical processes we’ve discussed in this class that should be evident all around you. For this assignment you will be completing a “photo essay” that demonstrates your knowledge and discovery of physical geography in the real world. For your photo essay you will take a photo that demonstrates or is an example of one of the topics listed below and answer the following two questions. Your response to these two questions should be at least 150 – 200 words in length:
1. Describe the main ideas you have learned in the topic you have chosen. (For example, if your topic is cloud formation – you would discuss the factors necessary for clouds to form and you might also talk about the different ways that clouds are able to form in the atmosphere.)
2. How does your photo relate to the process you described?
Your post should be 100% in your own words. It’s ok that you may not be able to describe the topic like a textbook would – I’m not expecting perfection! What I’m looking for is to be able to see your understanding of the topic and for your classmates to benefit from a variety of explanations of these topics. If you do happen to use specific resources other than my lecture videos, please cite them. Here is a link to my policy on academic honesty if you need a refresher.
Here is a list of topics you can chose to take a photo of. You must choose only one topic from this section. If you want to write about a topic that is not listed here, please have it approved by me (via email) first.
PHOTO DISCUSSION #4 (Modules 8-9):
NOTE: Every person’s experience and exposure to these topics will be different depending on where you are during the semester. Keep your eyes open to your surroundings – you’ll see at least one or two of these. Let that guide your decision on which topic to chose.
• Plate Tectonics
• Folding and/or Faulting
• Biological, Mechanical, and/or Chemical Weathering
• Mudflow/Debris Flow
YOUR POST SHOULD INCLUDE:
1. A PHOTO TAKEN BY YOU
The photo should be imbedded into your post (see the image below on how to do this). You will only get credit for the photo if you have proof that you visited that particular location and took the photo. Some ways to provide proof are: putting your ID in the photo (be sure to cover up your address), taking a selfie in that location, or writing your name on a piece of paper and including it in the photo. Please make sure that the photo clearly demonstrates the process you want to discuss. Be sure to identify where and when you took the photo in your description.
Note: I do not expect you to travel for this assignment. You should be able to take a photo of the majority of these processes just by taking a walk around your block or you may see examples of these things on the way to the grocery store. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to find examples, please email me so I can give you some pointers or utilize the Peer Help Forum to see if your classmates have some ideas.
2. A WRITTEN ANALYSIS OF YOUR PHOTO
Pick only ONE process/topic to discuss. I am looking for depth of knowledge, not breadth. Your essay should:
1. Include a detailed explanation of the topic that you have chosen to discuss. For example, if you chose cloud formation – you would discuss all of the factors necessary for clouds to form and you might also talk about the different ways that clouds are able to form in the atmosphere. Properly explaining the concept/process in this essay will give you the highest number of points. (This is your answer to the first question listed above)
2. Include an analysis of the landscape specific to your photo. You should be identifying specific landforms or topics and explaining how the process you’re discussing has shaped what is in your photo. For example, if you were discussing clouds, you might explain to me what conditions outside allowed the cloud to form in that particular location. The analysis portion of your essay is worth the most points because it shows me that you can apply the information you’re learning to a real-world situation. (This is the answer to your second question above.)
3. Be be 100% in your own words. It’s ok that you may not be able to describe the topic like a textbook would – I’m not expecting perfection! What I’m looking for is to be able to see your understanding of the topic and for your classmates to benefit from a variety of explanations of these topics. If you do happen to use specific resources other than my lecture videos, please cite them. Here is a link to my policy on academic honesty if you need a refresher.