Writing Assignment, Spring 2011

Because all scientific disciplines are changing rapidly, new ideas are commonly presented in journals months or years before they find their way into textbooks. In order to introduce you to some of the current ideas about the geology of California I ask that you read two articles from the recent literature during the course of the semester. Then, working from the premise that one of the best ways to understand something is to explain it to someone else, I also ask that you write an outline and an abstract (concise summary) of each article. Developing the ability to recognize which elements of a presentation provide key support for its hypothesis and then communicate your analysis to others through a well-organized, clearly-written narrative is a skill that will serve you well in whatever work or studies you pursue.

Instructions for both sets of articles

Article Set 1: Plate Tectonic Processes in California

Article Set 2: Geologic Resources and Hazards in California