Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Course Type: Upper Level:Geomorphology/Surface Processes
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geomorphology
- Interpret landscape features from topographic maps, air photos, satellite imagery, and field observations.
- Link landscape features to the major processes by which they formed.
- Apply skills to determine the processes responsible for forming our local landscape.
- Map out geomorphic terrains from a DEM
- Describe a soil column and be able to explain how water movement and landscape position affects soil development.
- Survey a river cross-section.
- Identify active floodplain in field, calculate discharge of different frequencies, and relate flood frequency to risk
- Be able to explain the relationship between river velocity and the erosion, deposition, and transport of sediment.
- Make measurements of slope and identify slope materials (including stratigraphy),
- Read signs in the landscape indicating downslope movement of material
- Evaluate the role of climate and erosion on tectonics and mountain building
- Calculate slope in the field and off of a map and link slope to sediment transport and slope stability
- Determine where glaciers erode vs. deposit and the effects this has on the landscape
- Explain the geomorphic history of the Duluth-Superior area.
- Recognize local geomorphic hazard zones, how they impact humans, and why certain activities should be restricted there
- Be able to explain the role humans have on geomorphic systems.
- Read a scientific paper and discuss the results.
- Conduct an independent research project and present the results.
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