ES473/573 Environmental Geology


Class Syllabus (Adobe Acrobat Format)

Spring 2013 Syllabus

2011-2012 Finals Schedule

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New Report to Post: CREW, 2013, Updated Cascadia M9.0 Earthquake Scenario

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Spring 2013 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 - Updated and Improved 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

    Class Note/Reading 3. Overview of LIDAR Topographic Survey Methods (Hill et al., 2000)
  • LIDAR Seminar Summary Notes: OSU, April 28, 2009 (Faux-Watershed Sciences)
  • 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
    Link to Program Page - Water Research Cooperative Paired Watershed Conference (Oregon State University, April 18, 2013)
  • WRC Paired Watershed Field Trip Reading - Affects of Forest Management in Headwater Basins of Western Oregon

  • WRC Paired Watershed Conference Abstracts
  • Hinkle Creek Hydrology Presentation (Zegre)
  • Hinkle Creek Sediment Yield Presentation (Skaugset)
  • Hinkle Creek Nutrient Response Presentation (Meininger)
  • Hinkle Creek Trout Population Study (Greswell)

  • WRC Paired Watershed Conference - Taylor Notes

    Class Note 4. Watershed Assessment and River Restoration Summary (Upper Nehalem Trip Notes)
  • 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

    Class Note 5. 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

  • Flood Analysis Lab Exercise

    Links to Week 4-5 Activities
    Class Note 6. Introduction to Earthquakes and Seismology

    New Report to Post: CREW, 2013, Updated Cascadia M9.0 Earthquake Scenario

  • 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
  • Reading Summary - Goldfinger et al, 2011 - Excerpts from Cascadia Subduction Zone Seismic Record

    Links to Week 5 Activities
    Class Note 7. 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 6-7 Activities
    Class Note 8. 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 7-8 Activities
    Class Note 9. 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 8-9 Activities
    Field Trip Reading 10. Lumber Treatment Superfund Site, Sheridan, Oregon (EPA Completion Report, 2009)
  • Taylor Lumber Treatment Site History
  • Field Guide to Pacific Wood Products Treatment Facility, Sheridan, Oregon (New!)
  • Overview of Mid-Willamette Valley Hydrogeology (ver. 2.0 updated May 2013)
  • Federal RCRA Guidelines for Environmental Management of Wood Treatment Facilities (New!)

    Reading: Sources and Types of Ground Water Contamination (part 1)
    Reading: Overview of Hydrogeologic Site Investigations
    Reading: Ground Water Remediation Techniques

    Field Guide to Regional Hydrogeology of Mid-Willamette Valley
  • Monmouth Fieldtrip Hydrogeology Summary Exercise

    Independence Public Works - Field Trip Summary Notes
  • Slide Show: Regional Hydrogeology of Willamette Valley

    Links to Week 9-10 Activities
    Link to YouTube - Hanford Groundwater Remediation Case Study (Part 1 - ends at time mark 26 min) (New!)
  • Hanford YoutTube Review Questions (New!)

    WOU Academic Showcase Fieldtrip Assignment - Thursday May 30, no lecture class in afternoon! (New!)

    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

    Willamette Valley Hydrogeology: Overview Exercise (New!)
  • Willamette Valley Hydrogeology - Powerpoint Review Slides (New!)

    Link to Umatilla Basin Groundwater Video

    Week 10-11 Activities
    Link to YouTube - Hanford Groundwater Remediation Case Study (Part 2 - time mark 37-57 min) (New!)
  • Hanford YoutTube Review Questions (New!)

    Summary Outline / Review of Site Investigations and Remediation Design Methodology
  • Reading: Overview of Hydrogeologic Site Investigations
  • Reading: Ground Water Remediation Techniques

    Review Questions - Hydrogeology of the Willamette Valley (MS word *.doc)
  • Summary Reading - Groundwater Quality in Southern Willamette Valley

    Mountain Fir Part A - Well Log Interpretation
    Groundwater Contamination


    Digital Lab Report Submission Instructions

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    (6) Scroll down your list of online classes to ES473 Environmental Geology; you are automatically enrolled in the Moodle course with your class registration.
    (7) Scroll to the topic/assignment section, and begin the submission process.
    (9) Make sure you print hard copies and make back-up files of your lab report materials; save back up files!

    Note: Pay attention to the availability and due dates.

    Click Here to Go to Moodle and the ES473 Class Page

    Instructions for Making Acrobat PDF Files and Compiling a Digital Lab Report

  • Moodle User Notes (Scott Carter, 2009)
  • Moodle User Notes (Scott Carter, 2010-11)

    Instructions for WOU Terminal Server Access from Home


    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
    WOU/DeVolder Science Center Geotechnical Report


    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

  • Lumber Treatment Superfund Site, Sheridan, Oregon (EPA Completion Report, 2009)

    Field Guide to Pacific Wood Products Treatment Facility, Sheridan, Oregon(New!)
  • Overview of Mid-Willamette Valley Hydrogeology (ver. 2.0 updated May 2013)

    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 Analysis Lab Exercise

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

    Introduction to Surfer Software Package Groundwater Flow Problem Set

    In-Class Monmouth-Indepedence Groundwater Exercise

    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

    Rivers and Flooding
    Coastal Hazards
    Intro to Water Resources
    Ground Water/Aquifer Basics
    Ground Water Contamination
    Water Quality
    Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions
    Coastal Groundwater Processes
    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 2013
    ES473 Final Lab Report Checklist - Final Lab Report Due by Thursday June 13, 2013 5 PM
    Final Exam Study Guide - Final Exam Tuesday June 11, 2013 3 PM
    ES473 Final Lab Report Checklist - Final Lab Report Due by Thursday June 13, 2013 5 PM


    Final Exam Study Guide - Final Exam Tuesday June 11, 2013 3 PM