38:278 Geomorphology [Koiter]

Prerequisite: 38:170 or 42:160 or permission of Instructor.

Geomorphology is the science of landforms and the processes that shape them. The aim is to understand why landscapes look the way they do and what processes are responsible for their formation. Landscapes can be studied at different scales, so we will look at processes that impact large areas such as mountain building due to plate tectonics, and much more local events such as mass wasting events on hill slopes. Landforms evolve in response to a combination of natural and anthropogenic processes and every landscape is a representation of its history.
Cross-registered with (Geology) 42:278.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.

Instructor: Alexander Koiter