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Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 115 (GN) Landforms of the World (3) Distribution of the world's landform features and mineral resources; their characteristics, causes, and significance. Practicum includes correlated field trips and laboratory studies.

GEOG 115

GEOG 115 Landforms of the World (3:3:0)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The subject of Geography 115 GN is landforms, the shape of the earth's surface. Throughout the course, three questions are asked.

The first question is descriptive: what is the surface of the earth like? What is it made of? What does it look like? And where do certain kinds of landforms occur geographically? The answers to these questions are complicated, but not as complicated as one might think. In fact, certain types of landforms tend to occur again and again, and they are found in predictable places. Mountains, for example, are not just high places, but their arrangement and internal geography are interesting and surprisingly orderly. By the same token, plains are not just dull flat places on the earth's surface. They vary greatly, and those variations are extremely interesting.

The second question deals with origins. It is the basic question which all sciences ask: Why?
Why are the landforms of the earth shaped the way they are? Why are they made of certain kinds of rock materials? Why do they differ from place to place? In short, we want to know how landforms are made, and the forces that made them. Again, the answers to these questions are less complicated than one might guess, because certain causes tend to repeat themselves, and when they do, similar landforms result.

The third question deals with the effects of landforms in human terms. How have people adapted themselves to various kinds of landforms? How have landforms helped or hindered people in their daily lives, both now and in the past? The answers, of course, are not surprising: landforms make a huge difference in the way we live. And the answers are especially interesting when we look at them in some detail, with examples from all parts of the world.

Thus, Geography 115 GN is designed to examine:
- Geomorphic processes at work,
- The effect of these processes as they work on certain geologic structures,
- How the combinations produce certain kinds of landforms, again and again,
- How human beings have been affected by these elementary facts-of-life, with examples from
all over the world, but especially the United States, and adjacent parts of Canada.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Fall 2004

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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