GEOS 201 Fall 2016 Geomorphology

Cross Listed as ENVI205
This course is designed for Geosciences majors and for environmental studies students interested in surficial geologic processes and their importance in shaping the physical environment. Geomorphology is the study of landforms, the processes that shape them and the rates at which surface processes change the landscape. This class emphasizes the influence of climatic, tectonic, and volcanic forces on landform evolution over relatively short periods of geologic time, generally thousands to a few millions of years. At this time scale, the influence of human activity and climate change on landforms may be strong, perhaps dominant, in many geologic environments. Many of our examples analyze human interaction - planned or unplanned-- with geomorphic processes. Labs focus on field measurements of channels and landscapes in the Williamstown area as well as on the analysis of topographic maps and stereo air photos.
Class Format: lecture/discussion, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week/student projects; weekend field trip to the White Mountains
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two hour exams, a project, lab work and class participation
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Prerequisites: any 100-level GEOS course or permission of instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives, ENVI Natural World Electives,ENVS Group EG-B Electives,EVST Environmental Science
Enrollment Limit: 18
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1522
GEOS 201 - 01 (F) LEC Geomorphology Division 3: Science and Mathematics David P. Dethier
, José A. Constantine
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Clark Hall 204 1522
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