Online Activity 4

Chemeketa Community College GEO 143 Online Activity 4 Web Site

Directions:
Part I. (10 pts)

  • Watch the video linked below. This is a documentary about the Columbia River basalt. There is a youtube link, as well as an mp4 download link.
  • Watch the video and consider the different aspects of the Columbia River Basalt Group eruptions. Think about the igneous processes presented in Chapter 5 of your text book.
  • After you watch the videos, write a 2 page paper and email to the instructor. Use the same format as is listed for the other papers (in the syllabus). Write about three important facts that you learned from the video. The deadline to submit this entire activity is 5/26/2015 at 6 PM.

Part II.

  • The table below lists the areal extent (square km), the volume (cubic km), the volume percent (the percent that the flow comprises of the total of all the CRB volume), the estimated number of flows, the average volume per flow (cubic km), and the Isotopic Age (Ma; based upon radioactive half-lives) for the Columbia River Basalt Group Units. I provide two grids for you to plot these data upon. One is a linear-linear plot (both the horizontal and vertical scales are linear scales) and one is a log-linear plot (the horizontal scale is linear and the vertical scale is logarithmic). Print out the grid sheets. We will be plotting only the CRBGs that have age data in the table. This table is also found in the Activity 4 pdf linked below.
    1. (2.5 pts) Use the linear-linear grid. Plot the Volume (cubic km) on the vertical axis and the Age (Ma) on the horizontal axis. Use points as your plotting style. Label the axes and label the points for which CRBG the point stands for.
    2. (2.5 pts) Use the log-linear grid. Plot the Volume (cubic km) on the vertical axis and the Age (Ma) on the horizontal axis. Use points as your plotting style. Label the axes and label the points for which CRBG the point represents.
    3. (5 pts) In the space given below the grids, discuss shortly the advantages and/or disadvantages of both the linear-linear and log-linear plots. Turn in these plots at our next class meeting.

Activity

Here is the Table:

Video File
Either watch the online video or download the file on your own. The file is large, but it is in better resolution. One may want to also download the digital presentation (linked above) and look at this while they watch the video (if the video is difficult to read, the digital presentation has higher resolution and may be easier to read).

Here are embedded videos of the above mp4 files.

Columbia River Basalt Group Video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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