Mar 24, 2023
GEOL 311 - Geomorphology
Landforms as products of diastrophism, volcanism, and surficial processes; morphogenetic regions of the Earth and the effect of climate on the processes that shape them; rates and stages of landscape evolution and their dependence on time, process and structure.
Strongly Recommended Preparation: GEOL 211.
Prerequisites: GEOL 210.
Equivalent Quarter Course: GEOL 3110.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F grading only.
Cross-listed: ENSC 311
Course Typically Offered: Variable Intermittently
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Describe and classify landforms in a variety of environmental settings.
- Understand major scientific ideas and theories about the development of the landscape.
- Critically analyze geomorphological issues in a scientific context at local, regional and global scales.
- Apply the major concepts and skills learned in introductory classes such as Physical Geology to complex problems found in geomorphic studies.
- Understand the conceptual models of landscape equilibrium and apply them to Earth science problems in a wide variety of settings and at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.
- Understand systems theory as applied to geomorphology, specifically with regard to the concepts of feedback, thresholds, and equilibrium.
- Analyze geomorphological systems in terms of resisting and driving forces. Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, Google Earth and other quantitative techniques to analyze landforms and processes of land formation.
- Synthesize, communicate and critique scientific findings by orally presenting articles from peer-reviewed publications
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