Geography 140B: Physiography and Geomorphologic Extremes

Geography 140B
CCN: 36344
(4 units)
Kurt Cuffey
Location: 145 McCone
Times: MW 2-3:30

In this course we review the physical landscapes and surface processes in extreme environments: hot arid regions, glacial and periglacial landscapes, and karst terrane. Using this knowledge, plus an understanding of tectonics and temperate watersheds (gained from prerequisite courses), we explore how unique combinations of geomorphic processes acting on tectonic and structural provinces have created the spectacular and diverse landscapes of North America. Regions to be explored include the Colorado Plateau, Sierra Nevada, North Cascades, Northern and Southern Rockies, Great Plains, Appalachian Highlands and Mississippi Delta.