Geomorphic Landscape Analysis Project

Cathy Baker
Arkansas Tech University
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Geomorphic Landscape analysis Project is a field-based capstone project in Geol 3044: Geomorphology at Arkansas Tech University and incorporates all aspects of topics covered during the course.

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This is a capstone project for a junior/3000 level geomorphology course for geology majors.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

- have a thorough understanding of geomorphic processes and features produced by those processes
-proficient at topographic and geological map reading and interpretation
- proficient at landfrom feature pattern recognition from maps
- proficient at imagery reading and landform feature recognition
- well versed in soil county survey use
- skilled in field note-taking
- skilled in use of GPS equipment

How the activity is situated in the course

culminating project


Content/concepts goals for this activity

The goal of this project is to provide students with experience in site analysis using all techniques acquired in geomorphology and in previous prerequisite course work.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

pattern recognition
analysis of data
formulation of hypotheses
synthesis of ideas
critical evaluation

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Description of the activity/assignment

Students chose a roughly one-quarter of one-half square mile area to analysize for geomorphic processes. Students must receive instructor approval of the site before proceeding with the project. Students gather information about the site through literature, previous maps, previous reports, previous surveys, and actual field site reconnaissance. Finding are synthesized into a report.
Designed for a geomorphology course
Uses geomorphology to solve problems in other fields

Determining whether students have met the goals

Examine the reports and assess whether students have demonstrated recognition of processes, adequate documentation of the processes, and written clearly about their findings.

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