GES1010 - Environmental Systems: Landforms and Soils - Schedule

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Fall 2013


Aug 27

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 such a unique region for the study of physical geography
4. Games:
> What is up with this place? (What processes changed this landsurface)?
> Thinking spatially (Which way is which: how can we tell and why do we care)?


Sept 3 - NO CLASS


Sept 10

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


Sept 17

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 24

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


Oct 1 - FIELD TRIP DURING CLASS TIME: UCCS HELLER CENTER


Oct 8

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 15 - TEST ONE


Oct 22

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


Oct 29

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


Nov 5 - NO CLASS - Applied Geography Conference in Annapolis, MD


> FRIDAY, NOV 8 - FIELD TRIP TO NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH (NCAR), BOULDER, CO - TOUR RUNS FROM 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm. DETAILS PROVIDED IN CLASS.


Nov 12

1. Ch. 16: The Fluvial Processes


Nov 19 - PAPER DUE TODAY

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?


> FRIDAY, NOV 22 - FIELD TRIP TO NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) FORECAST OFFICE, PUEBLO, CO. VISIT RUNS FROM 10:00 a.m. - approximately noon. CANCELLED DUE TO ICY ROADS


Nov 26 - PAPERS RETURNED TODAY

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 3 - REVISED PAPERS DUE TODAY (optional)

1. Measurement in physical geography
2. LAB #5: Follow the Water: Mt. Whitney to Death Valley


Dec 10

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


Dec 17 - TEST TWO



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