1. What is geography? What is physical geography? What are the tools of of geographers?
2. Goals and learning objectives of GES1010
3. Why Colorado, and especially the southern Front Range, is an ideal location to study physical geography
> What is up with this place? (What processes changed this landsurface)?
> Thinking spatially (Which way is which: how can you tell and why do you care)?
1. Ch. 1: Introduction to Earth (seasons)
2. Ch. 2: Portraying Earth (maps,map scale)
3. LAB #1: Map Lab (in-class)
1. Ch. 12: Soils (stop at "Color" on pg. 363, start at "Soil Profiles" on 367, stop at "Pedogenic Regimes" on pg. 368)
2. Ch. 13: Introduction to Landform Study
3. Important Earthly concepts (isostacy, uniformitarianism, non-linear behavior)
1. Ch. 15: Weathering and Erosion (focus on Weathering)
2. LAB #2: Four Corners Rock Weathering (web-based lab)
1. Ch. 15: Weathering and Erosion (focus on erosion, specifically Mass Wasting)
2. LAB #3: Mass Wasting and the Marcus Landslide (web-based lab)
1. Ch. 14: The Internal Processes
2. Yellowstone National Park discussion
3. Video: Supervolcano (2005) 1 hr. 58 min.
2. Colorado physiography: intermountain basins, major mountain ranges, vast plateaus, glaciated valleys, major rivers
3. LAB #4: Feature Surfing in Google Earth (STUDENTS MUST BE IN CLASS TO EARN POINTS - lab is due in-class)
1. Ch. 16: The Fluvial Processes
2. Short video on 1976 Big Thompson flood event
3. Short video on Sept. 2013 Larimer, Boulder, El Paso County flood event
1. Ch. 17: Solution Processes: Karst Topography and Hydrothermal Features
2. Ch. 18: The Topography of Arid Lands (plus a weather-related hazard unique to deserts)
3. What is going on at Racetrack Playa?
1. Ch. 19: Glacial Modification of Terrain Part I: What is a glacier, hazards, snow accumulation / ablation, mtn. glacier types, mtn. glacier landforms – erosional and depositional
2. Ch. 19: Glacial Modification of Terrain Part II: SNOTEL, Colorado Pleistocene glaciations, rock glaciers (some content not in book)
1. Mapping and various technologies used in physical geography
2. LAB #5: Follow the Water: Mt. Whitney to Death Valley (web-based lab)
1. Kon Tiki (1958)
2. Course synopsis - what's next?
3. In-class Test Review
Schedule may change. Changes announced in class and posted here.