GES1010 - Environmental Systems: Landforms and Soils - Schedule

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Fall 2014


Aug 26

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
4. Games:
> 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)?


Sept 2 - NO CLASS - LABOR DAY


Sept 9

1. Ch. 1: Introduction to Earth (seasons)
2. Ch. 2: Portraying Earth (maps,map scale)
3. LAB #1: Map Lab (in-class)


Sept 16

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)


Sept 23

1. Ch. 15: Weathering and Erosion (focus on Weathering)
2. LAB #2: Four Corners Rock Weathering (web-based lab)


Sept 30 - FIELD TRIP DURING CLASS TIME: UCCS HELLER CENTER


Oct 7

1. Ch. 15: Weathering and Erosion (focus on erosion, specifically Mass Wasting)
2. LAB #3: Mass Wasting and the Marcus Landslide (web-based lab)


Oct 14 - TEST ONE - test will be given / proctored by a GES MA student or by another GES faculty member (Brandon at Applied Geography Conference in Atlanta, GA).


Oct 21

1. Ch. 14: The Internal Processes
2. Yellowstone National Park discussion
3. Video: Supervolcano (2005) 1 hr. 58 min.


Oct 28

1. LAB #4: Feature Surfing in Google Earth (STUDENTS MUST BE IN CLASS TO EARN POINTS - lab is due in-class)


Nov 4

1. Colorado: physiography (structures, mountain ranges, rivers), weather (emphasis on mountains), Federal parks, and Brandon's favorite places across the Centennial State


Nov 11

1. Ch. 16: The Fluvial Processes


FRIDAY, NOV 14 - FIELD TRIP TO NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH (NCAR), BOULDER, CO - TOUR RUNS 1:30 - 4:00 pm. DETAILS PROVIDED IN CLASS.


Nov 18

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?


Nov 25

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)


Dec 2 - PAPERS DUE TODAY BEFORE CLASS

1. Measurement in physical geography
2. LAB #5: Follow the Water: Mt. Whitney to Death Valley (web-based lab)


Dec 9 - PAPERS RETURNED TODAY

1. Kon Tiki (1958)
2. Course synopsis - what's next?
3. In-class Test Review


Dec 16 - TEST TWO (FINAL EXAM) 12:40 - 2:40 PM, SAME ROOM; REVISED PAPERS DUE TODAY BEFORE CLASS



Schedule may change. Changes announced in class and posted here.