PART I: Definitions (define the following terms as they are used in the essay):
seismology (183); logarithimic (185); epoch (186); eradication (190); seaflooreeze (192); unwittingly (193); nonchalance (194); inundation (196)
PART II: Questions (answer 2 of the 4 questions below in a short paragraph—3-4 sentences, at least, and with sufficient detail to show you’ve read the essay and understand why this question is significant)
1. What does Schulz mean when she writes, “On the face of it, earthquakes seem to present us with problems of space...But, covertly, they also present us with problems of time” (199)? Why might time be the most important factor of understanding and preparing for the “next big one”?
2. Schulz calls the Cascadia subjunction “one of the greatest scientific detective stories of our time” (189). Why is this? What was the mystery that it helped solved—and why was it so tricky to solve?
3. If the resulting devastation from the “next big one” is so catastrophic, why is there no plan to deal with it—or even to prepare for it—in the Pacific Northwest? What’s preventing cities and agencies from learning from
’s example? Japan
4. Writing about science is difficult, since for non-scientists it can quickly become dry and confusing. How does Schulz try to liven up her subject and also make us connect with the material? Focus on a specific passage that does this for you.