Geography 140A: Physical Landscapes: Process and Form

Geography 140A
CCN: 36314
(4 units)
Kurt Cuffey
Location: 145 McCone Hall
Times: MW 2-3:30

Four one and one-half hours of lecture per week. Understanding the physical characteristics of the Earth’s surface, and the processes active on it, is essential for maintaining the long-term health of the environment, and for appreciating the unique, defining qualities of geographic regions. In this course, we build an understanding of global tectonics, and of rivers, hillslopes and coastlines, and discover how these act in concert with the underlying geologic framework to produce the magnificent landscapes of our planet. Through our review of formative processes, we learn how physical landscapes change and are susceptible to human modifications, which are often unintentional.