GEOG 278 : Physical Geography-Landforms and Water

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Phys.Geog-Landforms Water



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Introduction to the science of landforms and the processes that form them, including both internal and external processes, and how these processes interact and form a system. The course will survey different landform types, such as fluvial, Aeolian, glacial, volcanic, coastal, karst, and periglacial landforms and identify where, on a global basis, these landforms are likely to occur.

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1. Define the terms uniformitarianism and catastrophism, and apply them to landform types.
2. Describe the relationship between landform shapes and the processes that form them.
3. Identify the three major classifications of rock types found in the earth’s crust.
4. Describe the theory of plate tectonics.
5. Define the agents of weathering and their impact on the landscape.
6. Demonstrate a spatial awareness of where different types of landforms are likely to occur on a global basis.
7. Analyze and interpret various types of maps, graphs, and tables depicting topographic, geologic, climatic and cartographic data.
8. Collect, interpret, and present data obtained during field trips, from aerial photographs, and from the Internet.
9. Use the latitude and longitude coordinate system to identify locations.
10. Describe how topographic maps portray relief and both natural and anthropogenic features;
11. Construct elevation contours, calculate slope angles, and draw contour profiles.
12. Recognize basic landform characteristics on topographic maps including: fluvial, volcanic, glacial, and shoreline landforms.

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