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GEOL 493 West Virginia University Tampa Geologic Hazard Research Paper

Geol 493

West Virginia University

GEOL

Question Description

Help me study for my Geology class. I’m stuck and don’t understand.

Procedure:

1.Students will choose ONE of the 21 properties listed on the shared google doc (briefly look into each of the 5 locations before making your choice).

2.You must write your name and the site chosen on the sign-up sheet. Every student has to have their own site address, no duplicates

  • Use the template to complete your written report

●research hazards in the area around the property chosen (~ 50-mile radius)

●each site report must include a description of ALL geologic hazards in the area, each hazard should have its own header where all geologic evidence is listed

●each hazard section should contain images, diagrams, or tables of pertinent geologic data

  • all sources MUST BE CITED in GSA style (see syllabus) and included in a References List

Formatting:

●report must be in Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1” margins, and 1.5 spacing

●appropriate headers should separate each hazard and its accompanying data and interpretation

  • the hazard report should include an introduction, geologic hazard headings, a conclusion, and all references cited

In each hazard section students should:

1.describe the bedrock geology of the area your site is located in

2.give a brief description of the geologic process and the resulting hazard

3.evaluate and describe the geologic data found, must include images, diagrams, or tables relaying scientific data

4.interpret, using geologic observations, the hazards which might affect the chosen site (within 50-mile radius)

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Name:________________________________ Site Report - Template Address Investigated: Location Map of site chosen: ______________________ ______________________ Your site report should begin with a geologic introduction to the area and the underlying bedrock geology. Think broad scale geology, are you on the coast? In the middle of the Rocky Mountains? next to the Cascade Volcanic Arc? Your report should end with the entire site evaluation where you summarize all hazards present near your property. Questions to consider when writing your introduction: What is the underlying geology of the area? How can the underlying geologic affect hazards (think landslides and subsidence)? Earthquake Hazards: Are there any known faults in the area? Have there been any earthquakes in this immediate area? If yes, when, how close was the epicenter, what was the magnitude? What specific seismic hazards may be of concern and what kind of damage might be expected? What is the potential for future quakes? Flood hazards: How close is this property to any flood source - fluvial (river) or coastal (hurricane induced)? What is the elevation of the property? Has there been flooding in the past? Is the property in a flood zone? What is the RI for potential floods that may affect this property? Volcanic Hazards: How close is the nearest volcano (be specific – how many miles)? When did it last erupt? What specific volcanic hazards may be of concern for this location? Name:________________________________ Mass Wasting Hazards (landslides): What is the topography of this area? What is the geology (rock type) in this area? What is the climate of this area? Have there been any landslides in this area? When & how close to this property? Is this property close to any coastline or riverbank where erosion may be an issue? Coastal hazards: How close to the shoreline is this property? What is the elevation? What is the geology – solid rock or sand? Have there been any hurricanes in the past? If yes, how often, category, most recent? What is the reoccurrence interval for hurricanes in this area? What conditions / damage might be expected in the event of a hurricane? Is this property in close enough proximity to the shoreline to be affected by a tsunami? Have there been any earthquakes that might cause a tsunami in this area? Is coastal erosion an issue – either as part of normal longshore drift or storm/hurricane induced? Severe Weather Potential: Is this area commonly subject to general weather hazards such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, blizzards, droughts, etc. which may have an effect on the state of this property or the local economy? Economic Resources, Land Use Issues and Toxic Hazards: Is there any mineral or rock mining or quarrying in proximity to this property? Are there any hydrocarbon recovery (coal, oil, natural gas, etc.) hazards? Is there a nuclear power plant or geothermal power plant in the area? Are there any wind farms near the property? How close, what are the actual potential hazards associated with past or present resource recovery efforts? Are there any sources of toxic contamination in proximity to the property? How close, what are the actual potential hazards associated with the site(s)? Site Evaluation: Here you will write a summary report with your expert opinion based on the information you have gathered. Your summary report should be no more than one page, double spaced and should include advice about if this property should be purchased and an explanation of your recommendation. Geologic Characterization of Your Property - Outline Final Project Report Due: __XXX XXX @ 8pm EST________ Description: Students will step into the shoes of an environmental scientist to evaluate the geologic hazards that could affect a property of their choosing. The report should be written to a non-geologic audience, such as someone wanting to purchase the property. Students will use real geologic data from places like, the USGS (United States Geological Survey), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and the EPA (environmental protection agency) to interpret potential hazards close to the property selected. Your assignment is to create a geologic characterization of a specific property. The geologic characterization should include information about the local bedrock, real or potential environmental and geologic hazards that may be associated with the property. You will create this report for a non-geologic audience, when using geology jargon make sure to define the term. While I recognize that you are not professionally trained geologists, I expect a professional quality natural hazard analysis report that includes as much information as you are able to identify. Here is a link to an example of a detailed geologic hazard assessment done at Fairfield, California in 2017 http://ctbrayton.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FairviewES-GeologicHazard-Assessment-6325000000_2017-06-02.pdf. Learning Objectives: 1. evaluate geologic processes and interpret geologic hazards 2. utilize geospatial databases to describe hazards in a specific location 3. generate repository of geologic evidence, which validates what geologic hazards are prevalent in the area 4. organize material and communicate the hazards at the property through a written site report Procedure: 1. Students will choose ONE of the 21 properties listed on the shared google doc (briefly look into each of the 5 locations before making your choice). 2. You must write your name and the site chosen on the sign-up sheet. Every student has to have their own site address, no duplicates 3. Use the template to complete your written report Collaboration is encouraged, but each student is responsible for an individual geologic hazards site report for their chosen location. ● research hazards in the area around the property chosen (~ 50-mile radius) ● each site report must include a description of ALL geologic hazards in the area, each hazard should have its own header where all geologic evidence is listed ● each hazard section should contain images, diagrams, or tables of pertinent geologic data ● all sources MUST BE CITED in GSA style (see syllabus) and included in a References List Formatting: ● ● ● report must be in Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1” margins, and 1.5 spacing appropriate headers should separate each hazard and its accompanying data and interpretation the hazard report should include an introduction, geologic hazard headings, a conclusion, and all references cited In each hazard section students should: 1. describe the bedrock geology of the area your site is located in 2. give a brief description of the geologic process and the resulting hazard 3. evaluate and describe the geologic data found, must include images, diagrams, or tables relaying scientific data 4. interpret, using geologic observations, the hazards which might affect the chosen site (within 50-mile radius) Some hints for researching your property / area: Consult examples provided of Geologic Hazard Assessments 1) Begin by putting your property address into Google Maps or Google Earth and finding its location. Look at both map view, satellite view and street view and enlarge and reduce your viewing area to get a general feel for the location and the types of hazards that may be a problem. 2) Type your property address into Google and investigate any information that may be available from realty websites. Many sites will have photos of the exterior of the home or of the views from the home that may help to illustrate the hazards associated with the property. 3) Use the keywords “hazard”, “geologic hazards” or “environmental hazards” along with the city or county where your property is located in your search engine to discover additional information about your property and the surrounding area. 4) Use specific hazard keywords along with your city, county or state name to find potential information (EX: Tampa sinkholes, Lake Jackson groundwater contamination, etc.) 5) Use keywords associated with specific hazards for your area and do an image search for any pictures or maps that might provide potential information or add clarity to your report. (EX: Seattle fault map, Gulf Coast hurricane map, San Francisco landfill map, etc.) 6) You should then use the websites provided online to do in-depth analysis about the relevant geologic information at your property. (For example, you do not need to investigate volcanic hazards in Florida.) 7) Remember that you are NOT a realtor trying to “sell” this property. Limit the information on your site report to that information which is related to the hazard potential of the site. 8) Be specific about the distance of the property from any potential hazard area – the words “close” or “near” mean nothing to the client. You should use distance designations such as feet or miles to help client assess the relative hazard risk associated with the property. These can be determined using Google Maps scales. ...
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Final Answer

Attached.

Name:________________________________

Site Report
Address Investigated:

Location Map of site chosen:

1224 E Park Cir Tampa,
FL 33604

Geologic Introduction
Tampa is located within Hillsborough County in Florida.
Florida is a platform that extends well offshore, with
sloping sides that drop off into deep water on all sides
(Figure 1). It is a porous plateau made up of karst
limestone that sits atop of bedrock known as the Florida
Platform. The karst limestone causes sinkholes to be a
common occurrence.

Figure 1 - Florida Peninsula Illustration (USGS, 2001)

The elevation of today’s sea levels defines the size and shape of the Floridian Peninsula. Sea
levels have fluctuated over many cycles, whose periods have durations of from thousands to
millions of years. At different points in time, the platform has both been entirely above sea level,
and entirely underwater. We are currently at an interglacial period, so today, only about one-third
of the Florida Platform is above sea level (Hine, 2002). The peninsula is very flat, with the
highest point being only 345 feet above sea level. This causes Florida to be very prone to
flooding.
Due to Florida’s location far from any tectonic plate boundaries, it is tied for first place as having
the fewest earthquakes of any state in the US (Webb, 2010). The state, however, is prone to other
geological hazards. From 2010 to 2018, Florida was affected by 13 geological disasters (NOAA,

Name:________________________________

2015). These mostly consisted of flooding and hurricanes due to Florida’s close proximity to the
warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Geologic Hazards:
Flood Hazard:
There are several causes of flooding in the Tampa City
area, the most common one being localized flooding. This
usually occurs in the rainy season due to periods of heavy
rains. This, in conjunction with the lack of topographical
relief as discussed in the Geographic Introduction section
of the report, means it is oftentimes difficult for w...

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