ES473/573 Environmental Geology


Class Syllabus (Adobe Acrobat Format)

Spring 2012 Syllabus

2011-2012 Finals Schedule

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  • WOU/DeVolder Science Center Geotechnical Report



    FINAL GRADES ARE IN (click here) - Good work team, have a great summer!

    Final Lab Portfolio Checklist 2012
    Final Exam Study Guide 2012
    Week 9-10-11 Revised Class Schedule

    Links to Week 9-10 Activities
    Field Guide to Regional Hydrogeology of Mid-Willamette Valley
  • Monmouth Fieldtrip Hydrogeology Summary Exercise

    Review Questions - Hydrogeology of the Willamette Valley (MS word *.doc)
  • Summary Reading - Hydrogeologic Framework of Southern Willamette Valley

    Final Lab Exercise: Aquifer Characterization and Groundwater Contamination
  • In-Class Assignment: Intro to groundwater contouring exercise from Thurs. May 24, 2012

    Groundwater Flow Problems Key

    Academic Showcase Earth Science Abstracts (Thursday May 31)

    Regional Hydrogeology of Willamette Valley
    Overview of Groundwater Contamination and Remediation
    Case Study: Regional Controls Nitrate Contamination in the Willamette Aquifer
    Case Studies: Groundwater Contamination and Remediation in the Willamette Valley

    Links to Week 8 Activities
    Class Note 8. Introduction to Groundwater
  • YouTube - How to Drill a Water Well
  • YouTube - Fletcher Air Rotary Drilling

  • Groundwater Video Summary Questions
  • Figures to Accompany Groundwater Notes
  • Drilling / Field Techniques

    Slide Show: Introduction to Groundwater

    Lab Exercise: Groundwater Flow Problem Set
  • Thursday May 24 Update: (1) completed Darcy law discussion, (2) Assigned problems 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 from GW Flow Problem Set

    Week 7 Activities
    Class Note 7. Watershed Assessment and River Restoration Summary (Upper Nehalem Trip Notes)
  • Taylor Rapid Bio-Assessment / Upper Nehalem Watershed Council Presentation
  • May 19 2012 Upper Nehalem Watershed Council Meeting Notice (Saturday Field Trip)

    Watershed Restoration - Landuse Planning Salmonid Recovery Guide (WA DNR)
    Stream Habitat Restoration Guideline (WA Aquatic Working Group)
  • Stream Habitat Restoration Review Questions (Spring 2012)

    Major et al. 2012, Geomorphic Response to Marmot Dam Removal (NEW!)
    Major et al. 2010, Marmot Dam Reading (Alternative Assignment)
    O'Connor et al., 2008, Marmot Dam Reading (Alternative Assignment)
  • Time Lapse Video Downstream of Marmot Dam Breach
  • Time Lapse Video Upstream of Marmot Dam Breach

    Association of Engineering Geologists Student Night Abtracts with Program

    Week 6 Activities
    Class Note 6. Introduction to Landfill Technology

  • Solid Waste Management Video Exercise
  • Overview of Landfill Terms / Concepts
  • Figures to Accompany Landfill Notes

    Coffin Butte Landfill Field Guide
  • Coffin Butte Field Trip Summary Notes (2000)
  • Coffin Butte Field Trip Summary Notes (2001)
  • Coffin Butte Field Trip Summary Notes (2010)

    Scott Burns, Portland State University, Presentation: Seismic Hazards in the Pacific Northwest

    Make-Up Assignment for Students Who Could Not Attend the May 7 Presentation by Scott Burns
  • Make-up Assignment Review Questions for Goldfinger et al., 2008 Paper
  • Goldfinger et al., 2008 Paper: Earthquake Potential on Southern Cascadia Subduction Zone



    Spring 2012 Course Materials

    The class notes are organized according to their order of occurrence throughout the term. They are available in Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) Format. Acrobat Reader is invoked as a plug-in within the web browser environment. It is available on most machines at WOU. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free by returning to Taylor's Home Page

    Exam study guides will be included as the term progresses. Please check future postings as exam time approaches

    Links to Week 1 Activities
    Class Note 1. Introduction to Environmental Geology

  • Introductory Video Exercise
  • Ancillary Reading: Special Paper 31 Reference Manual for Mitigating Geologic Hazards in Oregon (DOGAMI, 1999)
  • Reading 1 - Special Paper 32 Geologic Hazards - Reducing Losses in Oregon (DOGAMI, 1999)
  • Example Article Summary

  • Guidelines for Quantitative Problem Solving

    Links to Week 2 Activities

    Class Note 2. Mass Wasting and Landslide Hazards
  • Overview of Rapidly Moving Landlides and Debris Flows in Oregon
  • Landslide Hazards Lab Exercise
  • Landslide Hazards Lab Figures

  • Refresher on Reading Topo Maps and Drawing Profiles
  • Topographic Map/Profile Review Exercise

    Slide Show: Mass Wasting Hazards

    New Resource to Post - USGS, 2008, Understanding Landslides
  • Youtube "What are Landslides" Clip - BBC
  • Youtube Landslide Clip - Japan
  • Youtube Debris Flow Clip - Japan
  • Rock Fall Clip - Tennesee
  • Earth Flow Clip - Italy
  • Rock Block Slide

    Links to Week 2-3 Activities

    LIDAR Methodology / Landscape Analysis
  • LIDAR Seminar Summary Notes: OSU, April 28, 2009 (Faux-Watershed Sciences)
  • Overview of LIDAR Topographic Survey Methods (Hill et al., 2000)
  • LIDAR Mapping Fact Sheet
  • LIDAR Applications for Ecosystem Studies (Lefsky et al., 2002)
  • LIDAR Applications for Landslide Analysis (Glenn et al., 2006)
  • LIDAR Applications for Landslide Analysis Under Forest Cover (Eekhaut et al., 2006)

  • Oregon LIDAR Consortium Status Maps (May 2009)

    Links to Week 3-4 Activities
    Class Note 3. Overview of Flood Hazards

  • Animation: Hydrologic Cycle Animation (NASA)
  • Slide Show: Rivers and Flood Hazards

  • You Tube - Intro to Rivers and Flooding Clip
  • You Tube - Example of Flood Effects in Phillipiines

    Links to Week 4-5 Activities
    Class Note 4. Introduction to Earthquakes and Seismology

  • Earthquakes and Seismology Video Exercise
  • Overview of Earthquake Hazards in Oregon
  • Summary Notes - Wang (2000) Presentation on Oregon Seismic Hazards

    Seismic Hazards Lab Exercise
  • Seismic Hazards Lab Figures (Exercise 6)
  • Seismic Hazards Lab Figure 2.17 (Ex. 6)

  • Primer on Determining Earthquake Recurrence Intervals

    Slide Show: Tectonics Overview
    Slide Show: Seismic Hazards

    New Reading / Resource: Outside Magazine 2011 - Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake Predictions

    Japan March 2011 - Liquefaction Example (YouTube Video)
    Nisqually Earthquake 2001 Puget Sound (YouTube Retrospective)

    Goldfinger et al, 2011 - Cascadia Subduction Zone Seismic Record

    Links to Week 5 Activities
    Class Note 5. Volcanic Hazards of the Pacific Northwest

  • Volcanic Hazards of Mt. Hood, Oregon
  • Volcanic Hazards Lab Exercise
  • Volcanic Hazards Lab Figures (Exercise 4)

    Slide Show: Volcanic Hazards

    Links to Week 6 Activities
    Class Note 6. Introduction to Landfill Technology

  • Solid Waste Management Video Exercise
  • Overview of Landfill Terms / Concepts
  • Figures to Accompany Landfill Notes

    Coffin Butte Landfill Field Guide
  • Coffin Butte Field Trip Summary Notes (2000)
  • Coffin Butte Field Trip Summary Notes (2001)
  • Coffin Butte Field Trip Summary Notes (2010)

    Links to Week 7 Activities
    Field Trip to AEG Student Night - Portland, Tuesday May 15, 2012;
    Depart NS Building Jackson St. Entrance Promptly at 4 PM, Assemble 3:45 PM


    Link to Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists Home Page
  • Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologist Handbook
  • Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists Student Night Program (May 10, 2011)
  • Click here for the AEG Field Trip assignment from last week.

    Links to Week 7-8 Activities
    Class Note 7. Watershed Assessment and River Restoration Summary (Upper Nehalem Trip Notes)
  • May 19 2012 Upper Nehalem Watershed Council Meeting Notice (Saturday Field Trip)

    Watershed Restoration - Landuse Planning Salmonid Recovery Guide (WA DNR)
    Stream Habitat Restoration Guideline (WA Aquatic Working Group)

  • Major et al. 2010, Marmot Dam Reading (alternative assignment)
  • O'Connor et al., 2008, Marmot Dam Reading (alternative assignment)
  • Time Lapse Video Downstream of Marmot Dam Breach
  • Time Lapse Video Upstream of Marmot Dam Breach

    Links to Week 8 Activities
    Class Note 8. Introduction to Groundwater
  • YouTube - How to Drill a Water Well
  • YouTube - Fletcher Air Rotary Drilling

  • Groundwater Video Summary Questions
  • Figures to Accompany Groundwater Notes
  • Drilling / Field Techniques

    Slide Show: Introduction to Groundwater

    Lab Exercise: Groundwater Flow Problem Set

    Links to Week 9-10 Activities
    Field Guide to Regional Hydrogeology of Mid-Willamette Valley
  • Monmouth Fieldtrip Hydrogeology Summary Exercise

    Independence Public Works - Field Trip Summary Notes

    Final Lab Exercise: Aquifer Characterization and Groundwater Contamination

  • Slide Show: Regional Hydrogeology of Willamette Valley

    Links to Week 10 Activities
    Review Questions - Hydrogeology of the Willamette Valley (MS word *.doc)
  • Summary Reading - Hydrogeologic Framework of Southern Willamette Valley
  • Summary Reading - Environmental Setting of Willamette Valley
  • Summary Reading - Groundwater Quality in Southern Willamette Valley

    Link to Umatilla Basin Groundwater Video

    Lab Exericise: Groundwater and Well Log Interpretation
    Groundwater Flow Problems Key



    ES473/573 Class Archives

    Link to ES473 Class Note Archive (Updated Spring 2012)

    Link to ES473 Academic Showcase Archives


    Class Slide Shows

    Tectonics Overview
    Seismic Hazards
    Volcanic Hazards
    Hydrologic Cycle / Global Water Budget
  • Hydrologic Cycle Animation (NASA)
    Rivers and Flood Hazards
    Mass Wasting Hazards

    Introduction to LIDAR Mapping Technology

    Introduction to Groundwater
    Water Pollution Overview
    Regional Hydrogeology of Willamette Valley
    Overview of Groundwater Contamination and Remediation
    Case Study: Regional Controls Nitrate Contamination in the Willamette Aquifer
    Case Studies: Groundwater Contamination and Remediation in the Willamette Valley

    Field Trip Guides

  • Field Guide to Geology and Geomorphology of the Mid-Willamette Valley
  • Field Guide to Environmental Geology of Monmouth-Independence Area
  • Coffin Butte Landfill Field Guide


    Poster Project Resources

    Click Here for WOU Earth Science Howling Wolf Logo (rt-click; save as; *.pptx powerpoint file)

    General Resources and Project Guides

    Guide to Writing Scientific Abstracts

    Guide to Preparing Abstracts
    Guide to Preparing Scientific Posters
    Reference Citation Method (use for all text/graphics)

    Powerpoint poster template (Portrait 32 x 40 inches) - rt-click-saveas-save to your folder
    Powerpoint poster template (Landscape 40 x 32 inches) - rt-click-saveas-save to your folder
  • Alternative Poster Template (Research Poster 32 x 48 A.ppt)
  • Alternative Poster Template (Research Poster 32 x 40 B.ppt)
  • Alternative Poster Template (Research Poster 32 x 40 C.ppt)
  • Alternative Poster Template (Research Poster 32 x 40 F.ppt)
  • Alternative Poster Template (Research Poster 40 x 32 D.ppt)
  • Alternative Poster Template (Research Poster 40 x 32 A.ppt)

    Poster Scoring Guide for Peer Reviews


    Class and Lab Exercises

    Introductory Video Exercise

    Unit Conversion Tables

    Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geology
  • Guidelines for Quantitative Problem Solving

    Introduction to Engineering Geology Problem Set
  • Background Reading: Problems in Rock Properties

    Slope Stability Problem Set
  • Background Reading: Slope Stability

    Flood Hazards Lab
  • Surface Water Equation List
  • Surface Water Data (Excel)

    Introduction to Surfer Software Package Groundwater Flow Problem Set

    Final Lab Exercise: Aquifer Characterization and Groundwater Contamination

    Mountain Fir Part A - Well Log Interpretation

    Mountain Fir Part B - Site Project Click here to join a global climate model experiment!

    Luckiamute Watershed Assessment Assignment

    Lab Manual Exercises

  • Refresher on Reading Topo Maps and Drawing Profiles

  • Volcanic Hazards
  • Volcanic Hazards Lab Figures (Exercise 4)

  • Mt. St. Helens Case Study

    Seismic Hazards
  • Seismic Hazards Lab Figures (Exercise 6)

  • Loma Prieta Case Study

    Landslide Hazards
  • Landslide Hazards Lab Figures
  • Refresher on Reading Topo Maps and Drawing Profiles

  • Ground Water Introduction
  • Ground Water Contamination
  • Water Quality
  • Geology and Planning - Landfill Design

    Surface Water Hydrology Techniques

  • Beeson, 1968, Comparison of Flood Frequency Methods Used by Federal Agencies

  • Tips and Guidelines for Conducting Streamflow Analysis

  • Overview of Flood Frequency Analysis

  • Overview of Annual Streamflow Analysis
  • Tutorial on Annual Streamflow Anlysis
  • Annual Tutorial Data (*.xls)

  • Tutorial on Daily Streamflow Analysis
  • Tutorial on Instantaneous Streamflow Analysis
  • Instantaneous Tutorial Data (*.xls)

  • Overview of Flow Duration Analysis
  • Tutorial on Flow Duration Analysis
  • Flow Duration Tutorial Data (*.xls)


    Lab / Quiz Answer Keys

    Intro to Quantitative Methods Key
    Intro to Rock Properties Lab Key

    Slope Stability / Mass Wasting Lab Key
    Groundwater Flow Problems Key
    Well Log Exercise Key
    Mountain Fir Project Key


    Writing and Presentation Guides

    Guidelines for Geowriting (New Spring 2009!)

    General Guide to Technical Writing for Earth Science Students
    A General Template for Compiling a Lab Exercise Portfolio
    Example Article Summary
    Guide to Preparing Scientific Posters

    Spring 2006 Writing Assignments and Due Dates

    Study Guides

  • Midterm Exam Study Guide Spring 2012

  • Midterm Lab Portfolio Checklist (Spring 2012 - updated to include edits discussed in class)

    Final Exam Study Guide - Final Tues. June 7, 3-5 PM

    Final Lab Portfolio Checklist - June 2, 2011

    Final Exam Tuesday June 7, 3-5 PM - Study Guide Posted
  • Spring 2011 UPDATED FINAL EXAM STUDY GUIDE
  • Spring 2011 Final Lab Portfolio Instructions - Due by Thursday June 9, 5 PM