Chapter_18 - GEOLOGY, SOCIETY AND THE FUTURE 18...

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GEOLOGY, SOCIETY AND THE FUTURE 18
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Environmental Crisis • China has undergone tremendous development in the last 10 years. Along with this development has come numerous environmental problems • These include coal, acid rain, air pollution, water pollution, toxic chemicals, groundwater contamination • All of these have resulted in an ecological meltdown of the system on the brink of a disaster
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Interpretative Environmental Geology Maps • A map that indicates the suitability of different areas for a specific land use; color coded: green – go; yellow: caution; red: stop! • Maps may show geologic hazards in the area such as susceptibility for landslide, rupture, shaking, liquefaction, radon gas
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Environmental Resource Units • Use multi-disciplinary team approach to define and analyze total natural environment, geologic, hydrologic and biologic • Figure shows 4 ERUs, mountain forest, flood plain, wood and grassland and grasslands • The value of this ERUs is realized when we use this in conjunction with remote sensing for land use planning
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• A composite computer-based land use capability map for use in Environmental work is a product of GIS • GIS is a technology capable of storing, retrieving, transforming and displaying spatial environment data • GIS elements include: Data acquisition; Data Processing and Management; Data Manipulation and analysis; Generation of products
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