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GEOG 311-3-3 Environmental Management

This course guide is designed to assist students in understanding the complex issues involved in environmental management specifically climatic change and how the adoption of new policies and technologies can help to mitigate this crisis situation.

December 2020 - Bute Inlet , B.C.

At 6:00 A.M., on November 28, 2020, a landslide, estimated to be  7 and 10 million cubic meters in size, thunder down mountain valley into Bute Inlet, B.C. 

It generated a tsunami that was estimated to be 100 meters high. The landslide was detected by seismometers across North America, with a magnitude of 4.9 on the Richter Scale. 

According to Dr. Brent Ward, a professor with the SFU Department of Earth Science, and Co-director of the Centre for Natual Hazards Research, the landslide as the result of "Climate Change."  He theorizes that a retreating glacier northeast of the head of Bute Inlet, above Elliot Creek, normally secured by the glacier came loose, and plunged into a glacial lake at the head of the creek. 

Baker, Rochelle. 2020. . "Environmental ripple effect of Bute Inlet landslide starting to unfold, scientists say." National Observer, December 22, 2020.

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