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Environmental Geology GEO 101 Instructor: Prof. Richard Reeder
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Environmental Geology Focus will be on interactions between humans and Earth Many natural processes impact humans adversely Examples: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, river flooding, coastal storms, and landslides We need to understand these to minimize hazards Human activities may: influence natural processes adversely impact availability of resources degrade quality of the environment. We need to understand these to avoid worsening their impact on us or degrading resources or the environment
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Floodplains serve as temporary storage for floodwaters
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200 years ago the impact of this extent of flooding would have been much less. Why?
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Problems arise when people build in floodplains
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Artificial levees prevent flood water from spreading over natural floodplain
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Levee failure
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Hurricane Katrina – August 2005
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Failure of Levees and Floodwalls
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During storms, intense wave energy is expended at coastlines, causing erosion.
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Barrier island beaches are especially vulnerable to erosion.
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This note was uploaded on 05/13/2011 for the course GEO 101 taught by Professor Hanson during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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