San Juan Mountains, Colo.


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GES1010 Landforms and Soils

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Syllabus

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Labs

Lab #1: Map Lab (in class)

Lab #2: Rock Weathering Lab (in Canvas)

Lab #3: Mass Wasting Lab (in Canvas)

Lab #4: Google Earth (in class)

Lab #5: MetEd 1/2

Lab #6: MetEd 2/2

Semester Schedule


Week 1: Date

  1. What is geography? What is physical geography? What are some of the geospatial tools of geographers?
  2. Some definitions
  3. Why Colorado, and especially the southern Front Range, is an ideal location to study physical geography
  4. Goals and learning objectives of GES1010
  5. Games: What processes change this landsurface? Thinking spatially: Which way is which? How can you tell? Why should you care?
  6. For DATE: Read Ch. 1 and Ch. 2

Week 2: Date

  1. Ch. 1: Introduction to Earth (seasons)
  2. Ch. 2: Portraying Earth (maps, map scale)
  3. LAB #1: Map Lab (in-class; due by 5:00 pm Aug. 28)
  4. For DATE: Read Ch. 14

Week 3: Date

  1. Ch. 14: The Internal Processes
  2. Hawai’i, Yellowstone National Park
  3. Video: Supervolcano (2005) 1 hr. 58 min.
  4. For DATE: Read Ch. 12 and Ch. 15 (focus on weathering)

Week 4: Date

  1. Ch. 12: Soils
  2. Ch. 15: Weathering and Erosion (focus on weathering)
  3. LAB #2: Four Corners Rock Weathering (web-based lab; due Sunday, Sept. 23, 12:59 pm)
  4. For DATE: Read Ch. 15 (focus on mass wasting)

Week 5: Date

  1. Ch. 15: Weathering and Erosion (focus on mass wasting)
  2. LAB #3: Mass Wasting and the Marcus Landslide (web-based lab; due Sunday, Sept. 30, 12:59 pm)
  3. For DATE: Read Ch. 13

Week 6: Date

  1. Ch. 13: Introduction to Landform Study
  2. Important Earthly concepts (rocks, minerals)
  3. Short video: Yule Marble Quarry
  4. In-class: review sheet for Test One
  5. For DATE: Study for Test One

Week 7: Date

  1. For DATE: Two readings not in your textbook: A journal article and a book chapter (both in Canvas):
    • Blake, K.S. 1999. Peaks of Identity in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, Journal of Cultural Geography, 18(2): 29-55.
    • Benedict, A.D. 1991. A Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide: The Southern Rockies. San Francisco: Sierra Club, Chapter One: 1-37.

Week 8: Date

  1. Review Test One
  2. Talk about next week's field trip to Heller Center grounds
  3. Physiography defined
  4. Colorado physiography: intermountain basins, major mountain ranges, vast plateaus, glaciated valleys, major rivers
  5. Discuss readings: Blake 1999 (cultural landscapes) / Benedict 1991 (Southern Rockies)
  6. LAB #4: Student presentations in Google Earth (in-class, due by 5:00 pm, DATE)
  7. NOTE: Next week, DATE, we are NOT meeting in the classroom - we are meeting in Lot 580 (se corner) and will then walk to the Heller Center

Week 9: Date - Heller Center During-Class-Time Field Trip

  1. No class next week, DATE
  2. For Nov. 6: Read Ch. 16 and Ch. 20

Week 11: Date

  1. Ch. 16: The Fluvial Processes (we did not finish this)
  2. Ch. 20: Coastal Processes and Terrain (we did not start this)
  3. Videos: 1976 Big Thompson flood / Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar-related flood events; 2013 Larimer + Boulder County flood event
  4. For DATE: Read Ch. 17 and Ch. 18

Week 12: Date

  1. Ch. 16: The Fluvial Processes (finish this up from last week)
  2. Ch. 20: Coastal Processes and Terrain
  3. Ch. 17: Solution Processes: Karst Topography and Hydrothermal Features
  4. Ch. 18: The Topography of Arid Lands
  5. What is going on at Racetrack Playa, DVNP, CA?
  6. For DATE: No readings due

Week 13: Date

  1. Snow / snowpack processes (material not in your book)
  2. LAB #5:Snowpack and Its Assessment COMET / MetEd Module (due DATE by TIME)
  3. For DATE: Read Ch. 19

Week 14: Date

  1. Ch. 19: Glacial Modification of Terrain: What is a glacier, snow accumulation / ablation, mtn. glacier types, mtn. glacier landforms – erosional and depositional
  2. LAB #6: Complete ANY geosciences-related COMET / MetEd Module (due DATE 2 by TIME)
  3. For DATE: No readings due

Week 15: Date

  1. Technologies used in physical geography: Focus on LiDAR / Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS)
  2. Kon Tiki (1951)
  3. In-class final exam review
  4. For DATE: Study for Final Exam


Week 16: Date - Final Exam, Time, COH 334

Contact Brandon

  • 719.255.5146
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  • bvogt@uccs.edu
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  • 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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