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Geology 1405H - Environmental Geology

Honors Geology with Dr. Letargo, Fall 2023

Topic Selection

While you are thinking about a topic to explore for your research paper, look through your textbook for ideas.  Units covered this semester include:

UNIT 1 - Foundations

  • Foundational Knowledge: Population, Sustainability, Scientific Method, Hazards, Resources
  • Plate Tectonics and Dynamic Earth
  • Earth Materials and Structure
  • Ecology and Geology

UNIT 2 – Natural Hazards

  • Earthquakes and Tsunami
  • Coastline Erosion
  • Rivers and Flooding

UNIT 3 – Resources

  • Fossil Fuels (Coal, Oil and Gas)
  • Alternative Energy (Nuclear, Geothermal, Hydropower, Solar, Wind, Biomass)
  • Water
  • Mineral Resources

UNIT 4 – Pollution and Land Use Planning

  • Waste Management
  • Air Pollution
  • Water Pollution
  • Climate Change
  • Land Use Planning

Example Topics:

  • Zero Waste policy
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Integrated Water and Waste Management
  • ‘Medical’ Geology (Public health and Environmental concerns)
  • Recycling vs Incineration
  • Climate Change and Permafrost

Example Questions:

  • Are golf courses environmentally sustainable?
  • Are cruise ships environmentally friendly? 
  • What can be done about microplastics in the world's oceans?
  • Fast Fashion: What are the global impacts?

A great place to browse for ideas is in a library database.  Two background/overview databases for general science and environmental studies are: 

Log in off-campus with your MyLoneStar username and password or your library barcode. Once you are in the database, use the browse issues feature to choose and narrow topics.

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