For the InstructorThese student materials complement the Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society Instructor Materials. If you would like your students to have access to the student materials, we suggest you either point them at the Student Version which omits the framing pages with information designed for faculty (and this box). Or you can download these pages in several formats that you can include in your course website or local Learning Managment System. Learn more about using, modifying, and sharing InTeGrate teaching materials.
Goals and Objectives
- Students will gain an understanding of how plate tectonics plays a first order control on the characteristics of a coast and how other processes such as glaciation, climate, sediment supply, waves, and tides also influence the characteristics of a coast.
- Students will develop an appreciation for the geomorphologic diversity of coastal zones.
- Students will gain an understanding of the differences between emergent and submergent coasts, depositional and erosional coasts, as well as how hydrodynamic regime exerts a strong control on geomorphology of the coast.
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
- examine and show, using Google Earth, the global diversity of coastal zones;
- identify the plate tectonic setting of a coastal zone based on geographic location relative to major tectonic boundaries;
- identify and be able to describe the second-order processes that can act on coastal zones;
- integrate your knowledge of coastal geomorphology and understanding of coastal processes to identify the types of processes that create specific coastal geomorphologies;
- evaluate the history of a coast on the basis of the coastal geomorphology.
Lesson 2 Roadmap
Wikipedia article: Weathering: This article gives an explanation of chemical weathering.
YouTube video on Chemical Weathering: Watch an informative video on chemical weathering.
Wikipedia article: Nor'easter formation: This article provides details of northeaster formation.
USGS article on Northeasters: This article provides a brief description of northeasters.
All on the Web. Click title of the reading to link to the material.