Discussion question help


Step 1- read/review the following:

Step 2- Respond to the following:

  • Explain briefly Wegener’s Theory of Continental Drift
  • Discuss the steps of the Scientific Method that Wegener followed in developing his theory
  • Was he able to follow ALL the steps of the Scientific Method? Why? Why not? Which ones (if any) did he forgo?
  • What was the response of the scientific community to Wegener’s theory originally? Why do you think scientists responded as they did?
  • How long did it take for this theory to become accepted?
  • What was required for full acceptance of Continental Drift?

Step 3- Independent research

Go to the “USGS Hazards” website under the Natural Hazards terms section of the Science Corner. You can also access the website at http://www.usgs.gov/natural_hazards/. Choose one of the following hazards:

  • Earthquake
  • Landslide
  • Flood

Discuss the following:

  • What are the key factors that influence the risk of this particular hazard?
  • Analyze how human activity elevates the risk of this hazard occurring
  • What strategies can humans take to minimize damage and loss of life due to this hazard?