Course Content: Geomorphology is the study of landforms and the
processes involved in their creation and evolution through time.
Climatic and tectonic controls on landform evolution will be emphasized
in this class. Goals of this class include: 1) understand the
processes that build and transform landscapes, 2) identify landforms in
the field and on imagery, 3) map landforms in the field and using
imagery. Principles of Geomorphology
Offered Spring 2014
Photo: Death Valley, CA
contains diverse geomorphology. Salt playa and alluvial fans pictured here.
The two-hour block of class
time on Fridays will be reserved primarily for lab activities. I will
occasionally use this time to lecture as needed. For the labs, you will
need graph paper, colored pencils, ruler, and a calculator. Computer
applications will be necessary for some labs and must be completed
outside lab time (Microsoft Excel, Google Earth, and others).
Field trips will be planned for the second half of the
semester. These will focus on glacial, soil, fluvial, and eolian
geomorphology. Please plan on attending field trips – geomorphology
is a field-based science, and the field trips will reinforce what we
learn in the classroom.