8. Physical Geography of British Columbia

Suggested Activities

Suggested Activities

Activity 1

Calculate how much time it approximately took for the tectonic tsunami from 1964 Alaska earthquake to reach the coast of Tofino BC.

Activity 2

Do some research online and c.Create your own tsunami or earthquake action plan. What would you do to prepare yourself for an earthquake or tsunami? What resources do the residents of BC have to protect against future tsunamis? What actions should be taken when a tsunami warning is announced?

Activity 3

Using the following website from University of British Columbia Department of Forestry, explain what is happening the the bioclimates of BC. http://cfcg.forestry.ubc.ca/projects/climate-data/climatebc-and-bioclimatic-envelope-modelling/

Activity 4

Use the following website to see how the climate has changed in your local area in BC on this day since 1840 at 20-year intervals and then plot the data on a graph using excel http://climate.weather.gc.ca

Activity 5

Use your GPS-enabled smartphone or a handheld GPS to engage in Geocaching. Locate a GeoCache near you. Observe the physical environment in the process. http://www.geocaching.com/

Activity 6

Make a real time earthquake map. The United States Geological Society (USGS) has made its real-time earthquake information available via an API (see research methods section) thus making it easy to integrate this information with an online map. As a result there are several up-to-date online maps available on the web. Here are a few links:

Activity 7

Here are directions on how to make your own earthquake map using Google Maps API. There are several other tutorials available online. Find one that matches your technological skill level.