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Geology 105

by: Tonisha Hurd

Geology 105 Geol 105-010

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These notes include powerpoint information from the week of February 10th
Geological Hazards and Their Human Impact
Kohut,Edward John
Geology, Science
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Date Created: 02/29/16
Week of 10 February 2016 The Earth, An Active World  Earth is constantly changing o Matter worked on by energy  Energy is either from within (internal) or external  Internal energy (heat within Earth) drives deep processes: o Uplift (mountain building) o Formation of continents and ocean  External energy (solar) helps drive surface processes o Heat oceans and atmosphere  In turn drives water cycle, ocean circulations, weather  Erosion  Floods  Landslides  Costal process  Earth metals + energy =process  Internal Heat  From radioactive decay  Solar  Incoming light converted to heat in atmosphere, oceans and land  Gravity  Drives landslides, water flow  Creates pressure within the earth  Mechanical energy  Seismic waves, ocean waves and tsunami (energy traveling through matter)  Kinetic and potential energy  Sources of energy  Energy in all geologic processes is conserved  But is converted from one form to another  Effects of life on Geology  Influences erosion and weathering  Plays a big role in determining composition of the atmosphere  Includes humans  People have one of the largest influences of any organism in Earth’s history  Disaster Trends  Recently there has been a dramatic increase in the number of natural disasters  Why?  Global populations increase puts more people in harms way  Timescale of Hazards  Earthquakes – 10 seconds to 5+minutes  Eruptions – hours to years  Floods – hours to weeks  Climate Change – decades to centuries  Erosion, weathering – slow, ongoing  Recurrence interval: most probable length of time between event of a particular magnitude (size)  Calculated statistically  Range from a few years to hundreds of thousands of years  Cannot be reliably determined for all hazards  Magnitude –Frequency Relationships: the larger the event the larger the recurrence interval  Earth Materials  Minerals, rock and sediment  Water also important  Elements  Basic unit of chemistry  92 naturally occurring  Atoms are the smallest units of elements  Most common in the Earth’s crust:  Oxygen (O): 46%  Silicon (Si): 27%  Calcium (Ca), Aluminum (Al), Iron (Fe) and Magnesium (Mg) a few % each  Rest trace amounts  Atoms  The major subatomic particles that control chemical characteristics are protons, neutrons, and electrons  Protons: in nucleus, positive charge  Atoms of each element have a unique number of protons (atomic number)  Electrons: nearly mass-less, negative charge  Neutrons: in nucleus, no charge, same mass as protons  Number of neutron  Isotopes all have different atomic weights. Some are stable, others decay and are radioactive  Radioactive decay creates heat in the earth  Also used in determining age of rocks  Compounds  Most elements on Earth in compounds and mixtures:  Compounds: atoms bound together in molecules, unique properties  Example: H2O water  Mixtures: elements and molecules together but not bound  Example: air (nitrogen, oxygen, etc.)  Minerals  Most minerals contain silica, a compound of silicon and oxygen  These minerals are called silicates  Quartz  Silicon and Oxygen (SiO2)  Harder than glass  Resists weathering  Potassium feldspar  Plagioclase feldspar  Silica, aluminum, potassium and or sodium/calcium  As hard as glass  Abundant  Clay Minerals  Silicate minerals formed by weathering of other silicate minerals  Typically found as groups of very small particles  Clay minerals are very weak  Important during erosion  Carbonate minerals  Calcium, carbon and oxygen  Carbonates tie up carbon dioxide that would be in atmosphere otherwise  Calcite  Rocks  A rock is an aggregate (solid mixture) of minerals  Igneous Rocks  Form when magma (molten rock) cools and crystalizes  Extrusive (volcanic) cool on the surface  Easily weather to turn soil  Sedimentary Rocks  Rocks exposed at the Earth’s surface are weathered  They break down into small pieces called sediments  Are transported away  Then buried, compacted and cemented to form rock  Fine-grained mud may form mudstones and shales  Sand deposits may form sandstone Divergent Boundaries  Two sub types o Oceanic spreading centers o In ocean basins o Plates pull away from each other (extension, rifting) o Rising hot asthenosphere partially melts at shallow depths o Solidifies to form new oceanic crust at boundary o Seafloor spreading new oceanic crust is continually moved away from boundary o Youngest crust at ridge, oldest furthest away  Divergent boundaries may begin under continents o Rift continents apart (rift valleys) o Eventually oceanic crust is formed o New ocean basin may be created  Convergent Plate Boundaries o Two types  Subduction zones  Continental collision zones  Subduction zones  Cooling lithosphere sinks, one plate sub ducts under another  Compressive stress  Crust and sediments in sinking plate release water  Asthenosphere in overlying plate is fluxed and melts  One plate carrying a continent sub ducts under another  Transform boundaries  Connect convergent and divergent boundaries  Transform motion towards or away from boundaries into motion along the boundary  Plates slide parallel to boundary  Shear stress  Transform fault  Plates move laterally past each other between seafloor spreading centers  Hotspots  Areas of extra heat and uplift from mantle  Appear to be fixed relative to plates  Not part of plate tectonics  Could be caused by rising plumes of hot mantle  Evidence for Plate Tectonics Magnitude Scales  Richter’s method: o Calculated from the amplitude of the largest seismic wave recorded Modern Magnitude Scales  Local Magnitude (Ml): Magnitude calculated by updated Richter method  Mb: uses only largest body wave  Ms: based on larges surface wave  Using just amplitude and distance underestimates very large quake magnitudes  Seismographs saturate at 8-8.5 o A 9.2 quake would look the same as 8.2  Seismic moment: based on area of fault rupture  Larger area = larger moment = larger amount of energy Quake Magnitudes  Greater than 10 not possible o Chile, 1960: largest recorded at 9.5 o Alaska, 1964: largest U.S. quake, 9.2 o Indonesia, 2004: 9.1 o Tohoku Japan (2011) 9.0 o Haiti, 2010: 7.0 o San Francisco, CA (1906): 7.9 Intensity  Based on effects of earthquake  Mercalli scale – invented by Giuseppe Mercalli in 1902, uses observations to estimate earthquake intensity  Intensity ranked from I to XII o From not felt (I)… o To total damage (XII) with objects thrown in air and line of sight distorted Foreshocks and aftershocks  Foreshocks - quakes on a fault before a larger quake (the main shock) o Sometimes occur in swarms  Aftershocks- smaller quakes on a fault after main shock  Foreshocks do not always occur, cannot tell they are actually foreshocks or just individual quakes  Most damage caused by ground motion  Ground-motion amplification: loose and muddy soils amplify ground motions Ground Motion Damage  Weakly supported floors, such as bottom floor parking areas or parking garages susceptible  Elevated highways also susceptible  Disrupt utilities, transportation, building right on fault Liquefaction  Saturated granular soils flow like liquid when shaken Fires  Not a natural effect of earthquakes o Broken gas mains, spilled liquid fuel, overturned cooking fires and lamps Hazard Mapping  Map areas at greatest risk o Use intensities from earlier quakes o Locate landslide and liquefaction prone areas Earthquake engineering  Design buildings to withstand earthquake stresses  Retrofit older buildings Preparation  Educate public on what to do before, during and after quakes Earthquake Forecasting  Quakes cannot be predicted  But with sufficient data, probabilities of future quakes can be forecast Earthquake Forecast  Probability of an EQ on a given fault over a certain time period  Based on statistics of how often quakes occur on the fault  Require geologic or historic record of activity Earthquake Prediction  goal is to predict when and where earthquakes will strike  based on precursors: small foreshocks, change in well-levels, electromagnetic waves, even animal behavior  not considered possible at this time 2010 Haiti  M7.0  Directly hit Port-au-Prince  Poor quality concrete buildings crumbled  Landslides on steep  Most government buildings destroyed  UN buildings destroyed and troops killed  46,000 to 300,000 killed  1.5 to 1.8 million homeless  Reconstruction is slow  There are allegations that poor will be displaced by new project  Few rescue and medical resources o What were not destroyed were overwhelmed o Even though US got airport running, international relief was not coordinated New Madrid, Missouri  Dec. 1811 – Feb. 1812  EQs on ancient faults Effects  Area sparsely settled, little loss of life  Shaking felt throughout east Tsunami  A long wave that moves the entire depth of the ocean.  Experienced on shore as a series of rapid surges flowing for many minutes  Cause: any disturbance on seafloor that displaces a large water mass o Incorrectly called tidal waves  Most tsunami generated by subduction zone earthquakes  A few tsunami are generated by volcanic processes  Quake triggered landslides can cause huge mega tsunami in confined waterways Comparison to Wind Waves  Wind waves: o Energy: mainly on surface o Periods: typically 10 seconds o Wavelengths: typically 150 m (500 ft) o Height: typically 1-3 meters (3 ft)  Tsunamis: o Energy: surface to seafloor  Move the entire depth of the ocean (often several kilometers deep)  Periods: minutes to hours  Wavelength: several hundred km  Height: a few meters in deep ocean  Not noticeable in deep ocean  Travel at speeds from 500 to 1,000 km/h (315-625 mi/h)  Tsunami characteristics:  In shallow waters:  Water piles up at wave front  Speed slows to 72 km/h (45 mph)  Long wavelength = onshore flow for several minutes  There will be several surges of varying heights over many hours  Hilo, Hawaii and Tsunami  Hilo, Hawaii is very susceptible to tsunami  Shape of island and seafloor focuses tsunami on Hilo  Destructive tsunami in 1946 and 1960


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