- See the digital relief map of Georgia courtesy of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Print out a copy. I will be working with this map in class to show you the various Physiographic Provinces in Georgia, and to look for evidence of faults.
- Examine a map showing the drainage patterns of Georgia from the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).
To see a copy of this map on a white background, click here
Print out this map (the white one). Your assignment is to label the names of the rivers
Include the following:
- Chattahoochee River
- Flint River
- Ocmulgee River
- Oconee River
- Altamaha River
- Yellow River
- South River
- Alcovy River
- Savannah River
Competing Demands for Water.
- How much did the demand for water increase in the metropolitan Atlanta part of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin between 1970 and 1990?
- Which tropical storm caused flooding in July 1994?
- Which river basins were affected by this storm?
- What are some of the things which were damaged or destroyed by flooding?
- One source of potential water contamination is the Savannah River Site in SC. What types of hazardous materials are there?
Effects of Global Climate Change
- Global temperatures may increase because of what?
- What is the U.S. Geological Survey studying at Panola Mountain?
- What is dendrochronology?
Geological and geohydrological studies in North Georgia
- Why is the USGS mapping in north Georgia?
National Mapping Program
- How many 1:24,000 scale topographic maps cover Georgia?
- For what are they useful?
Geologic Information Centers
- The U.S. Seismic Network will consist of 60 seismic stations nationwide. Where is the closest one, in Georgia?
- Why monitor earthquakes?
C. Graphing rainfall in Georgia
Go to the U. S. Geological Survey Water Resources Branch in Georgia, or type in http://wwwga.usgs.gov/
Click on Georgia Water Conditions Report. Look at precipitation (June 1995).
Find the precipitation monitoring site for Atlanta, and note:
Page down and click on Index Page to monthly water conditions in Georgia.
- current precipitation for the month (June 1995) = ______________ inches
- long term average = ________________ inches
For each month, October 1994 to June 1995, list the current and long term average precipitation in Atlanta.
Using graph paper, draw a graph of the precipitation in inches (vertical axis) and months (horizontal axis), with October 1994 on the left and June 1995 on the right. Plot long term average with black circles and current monthly as red circles. Now, go back to the index and find the precipitation levels in Atlanta for July 1994.
- October 1994
- November 1994
- December 1994
- January 1995
- February 1995
- March 1995
- April 1995
- May 1995
- June 1995 (done already, above)
How do the precipitation levels of that month compare with the graph you have drawn?
What are the implications for this difference? (What happened because of this?)
Just for fun, check out Atlanta's current weather and see a radar map for the past few hours. This is a good site to keep on hand.
Along the same lines, try out the Weather Channel site (Georgia Page).
Go down to "Gold Rush" to answer the questions.
- When was gold first mined in Georgia?
- How and where was gold found by the earliest placer miners?
Return to assignment page.
Go to Georgia Magazine to learn more about the Georgia Gold Rush.
Scroll down to "North Georgia Historical Sites" and click on it.
Scroll down to "Lumpkin County Courthouse, Dahlonega" and click on the words "Gold Museum".
How much gold was mined in Georgia between 1858 and 1861?
Return to assignment page.
- Now let's try a search engine to help you find the types of information you might want someday.
There are several to choose from.
Try looking for information on flooding, or Georgia, or rivers.
Locate an interesting site, and print it out.
Be sure to list the full URL so we can find it again.
- Cruise until you find something interesting that the class should see or know about, related to geology. Copy down the URL of the location (in the white rectangle near the top of the screen) so that we can come back and find it.