Geography 104 - The Physical Environment

Fall 2006 Schedule
(subject to revision)

Date
W
Lecture Topics
Reading
Sept. 5
1
Course Introduction
Introduction to Earth Systems
p. 8-16, 180-187
No labs this week
Sept. 7
Latitude/Longitude
p. 1-22
Sept. 12
2
Lithosphere, Plate Tectonics, Folds, Faults
p. 323 - 382
#1 - Intro to Maps 1
Sept. 14
Earthquakes, Orogensis, Geological Cycle
(FS 11.1, 12.1, NR 12.2, 12.3, 12.4)
p. 323 - 394
Sept. 19
3
Volcanic Processes and Landforms
(FS 11.1, 12.1, NR 12.2, 12.3, 12.4)
p. 323 - 394
#2 - Intro to Maps 2
Sept. 21
River Processes and Landforms
(FS 14.1, NR 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.4)
p. 429 - 461
Sept. 26
4
River Processes and Landforms
(FS 14.1, NR 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.4)
p. 429 - 461
#3 - Intro to Maps 3
Sept. 28
Coastal Processes and Landforms
(FS 16.1, NR 16.1, 16.2)
p. 489-516
Oct. 3
5
Coastal Processes and Landforms
(FS 16.1, NR 16.1, 16.2)
p. 489-516
#4 - Aerial Photos and Volcanoes/Earthquakes
Oct. 5
Glacial Processes and Landforms
(NR 17.1, 71.2, 17.3)
p. 519 - 534 
Oct. 10
6
Exam 1
#5 - Fluvial Geomorphology
Oct. 12
Glacial Processes and Landforms
(NR 17.1, 71.2, 17.3)
p. 519 - 534 
Oct. 17
7
Pleistocene Ice Age, Solar Energy, Earth-Sun Geometry
(NR 2.2)
p. 541 - 550, 43-52 
Lab Exam 1
Oct. 19
 Seasons, Modern Atmosphere
(FS 3.1, NR 3.2)
p. 53 - 60, 65-88  
Oct. 24
8
Energy Balance, Global Temperatures
p. 93-103, 119-138
No labs this week
Oct. 26
Pressure and Winds
p. 143-172
Oct. 31
9
Atmospheric Moisture
p. 179-192
#6 - Glacial Landforms
Nov. 2
Adiabatic Processes
p. 192-204
Nov. 7
10
Lifting Mechanisms, Air Masses, Fronts
p. 212-221
#7 - Insolation and the Seasons
Nov. 9
Mid-Latitude Cyclones
p. 221-240
Nov. 14
11
Exam 2
#8 - Moisture in the Atmosphere
Nov. 16
11
Water and the Hydrologic Cycle
p. 246-248
Nov. 21
12
Video: "Cadillac Desert"
.
No labs this week
Nov. 23
Thanksgiving
.
Nov. 28
13
Soil Water and Groundwater
p. 248-275
#9 - Climate Classification
Nov. 30
Climate Controls and Regional Climates
p. 275-320
Dec. 5
14
Biomes 1:  components and processes
p. 587-625
#10 - Soil Properties
Dec. 7
Biomes 2:  biogeography
p. 625-651
Dec. 12
15
Soils 1:  composition and characteristics
p. 557-564
Lab Exam 2
Dec. 14
Soils 2:  profiles and soil geography
Summary/Course Evaluation
p. 564-587
Dec. 19
Finals
Exam 3 at 10:00-11:50 am in Phillips 007
 

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