PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL G

EOGRAPHY Description Please use the readings in the accompanying pdf document (Chapters 3 and 4 of Getis, Getis, Bjelland and Fellmann) and additional information derived from your own research to address the following seven, multi-part questions in short essay form: 1. Briefly summarize the differences between Igneous Rocks, Sedimentary Rocks and Metamorphic Rocks. 2. Explain the major theory that accounts for the Movement of the Continents. What is the significance of Plate Tectonics? 3. What are the main types of Tectonic Forces? Describe how these forces create features at the surface of the Earth. 4. Summarize the main forms of Gradational (“gradual”) Forces that continuously act to re-shape Earth’s surface. 5. What are the main characteristics of the Global Air Circulation Pattern? 6. When geographers examine Climatic Change, they note a big difference between the causes of Long-Term and Short-Term changes. Briefly explain them. 7. Negative human impacts on the environment include effects on (a) water, (b) the air, (c) landforms, and (d) plants and animals. Select TWO of these categories and explain what the most significant human impacts are and how they might be addressed most effectively.

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