GES1010 - Environmental Systems: Landforms and Soils - Schedule

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Fall 2015


Aug 25

1. What is geography? What is physical geography? What are the geospatial tools 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 change this landsurface)
> Thinking spatially (Which way is which, how can you tell, and why do you care)


Sept 1

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


Sept 8 - NO CLASS - LABOR DAY BREAK


Sept 15

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


Sept 22

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


Sept 29

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 6

1. Ch. 13: Introduction to Landform Study
2. Important Earthly concepts (rocks, minerals, isostacy, non-linear behavior)
3. Q/A for test one


Oct 13 - TEST ONE


Oct 20

1. Physiography defined
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)


Oct 27

FIELD TRIP -- class meets at the Heller Center


Nov 3 - No class - Applied Geography Conference in San Antonio, TX


Nov 10

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


FRIDAY, NOV 13 - MORNING FIELD TRIP TO NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE, PUEBLO - DETAILS PROVIDED IN CLASS


Nov 17

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 24

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 1 - PAPERS DUE TODAY BEFORE CLASS

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


Dec 8 - PAPERS RETURNED TODAY

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


Dec 15 - TEST TWO, REVISED PAPERS DUE TODAY BEFORE CLASS



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