Jan. 28: Course Introduction, Fundamentals of Geomorphology, Climatic and Topographic Diversity, Lab One
Topic #1: Welcome, introductions, syllabus
Topic #2: Geomorphology and other key terms defined
Topic #3: Why study geomorphology? Careers.
Topic #4: Geomorphology as a systems science: elements, signals, feedbacks, time
Topic #5: Together, climatic and topographic diversity bring geomorphology to life (and why especially true in Colorado)
Topic #6: Semester summary in slides
Topic #7: Hand out Lab One (hard-copy)
Due at start of class next week:
Lab One (turn in as hard-copy)
Readings due before class next week:
Ritter et al. (your textbook), Ch. 1
Phillips 2003 (sources of non-linearity)
Hewitt 2006 (catastrophic events, cascade effect)
Savigear 1952 (ergodic theorem application)
Feb. 4: Foundations of Geomorphology
Topic #1: Driving and resisting forces
Topic #2: Theories of landform evolution and the rise of modern process geomorphology
Topic #3: The Principle of Uniformitarianism and other problems faced by earth scientists: time, convergence, divergence, sensitivity... Ponder this: "If the reproducibility of experiments is a requirement of scientific research, then does earth science even exist?" (Schumm, 1991)
Topic #4: Journal articles: thresholds and non-linear behavior, cascade effect and linked processes, ergodicity, isostacy
Readings due before Sept. 19:
Ritter et al. (your textbook), Part of Ch. 4 (stop at "Physical Properties of Unconsolidated Debris")
Turkington et al. 2005 (introduction to weathering and landscape evolution)
Feb. 11: Rock Weathering - Physical Processes
Topic #1: Rock weathering (wxing) basics
Topic #2: Physical rock wxing
Topic #3: Earth decay - Video: Life After People (2008)
Readings due before class next week:
Villa et al. 1995 (fissuresols)
Dorn 2004 (case hardening/core softening)
McBride and Picard 2000 (tafoni)
Turkington and Phillips 2004 (cavernous wxing)
Paradise and Yin 1993 (wxing pits)
McFadden et al. 2005 (exposed rocks)
Feb. 18: Rock Weathering - Chemical Processes, Weathering Forms, Lab Two
Topic #1: Chemical wxing processes (hydrolosis / ion exchange, carbonation, oxidation)
Topic #2: Rock wxing forms: calcrete, gnamma pits, sphereoidal weathering, tafoni, honeycombs, joints and joint faces, case hardened surfaces, (stopped here today) rock coatings (silica glaze, desert varnish)
Topic #3: Student presentations of readings: fissuresols, case hardening / core softening (tafoni and other cavernous features), wxing / gnamma pits, spheroidal weathering (this is Lab Two)
Readings due before class next week:
Cruikshank and Aydin 1994 (natural arch formation)
Fitzner et al. 2004 (building/monument wxing)
Hancock and Skinner 2009 (rock coatings)
Inkpen et al. 2001 (wxing form mapping)
Laity and Malin 1985 (ground water sapping)
Pollard and Aydin 1988 (jointing in rocks)
Feb. 25: More Rock Weathering Forms, Red Rock Canyon Open Space Themes
Topic #1: Finish rock coatings (silica glaze, desert varnish) from last week
Topic #2: Wxing forms from readings, plus salt diapirs (domes) and their relationship to joints in rocks and arches, and theater-headed valleys
Topic #3: Building and momunent wxing, wxing form mapping and GIS
Topic #4: Field trip-themed research / student mini-presentations (e.g., Ute Pass / Rampart Range faults, Mesa Gravels, etc.)
Readings due before class next week:
Barry 2008 (general microclimate and topoclimate)
Littmann 2008 (arid land microclimate and topoclimate)
Dobrowski et al. 2009 (mountain topoclimate)
Western Water Assessment 2015 (intermountain West climate and precipitation map) -- URL, not PDF, see readings list for link
Mar. 4: Climatic Geomorphology - MEET IN CENT 115 (DUE TO WEATHER, FIELD TRIP RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 18)
Topic #1: Topographic variability helps identify and isolate process
Topic #2: Define climatic geomorphology / overview of climatic geomorphology
Topic #5: Group mini-presentations (mass wasting / some events)
Readings due before class next week:
Ritter et al. (your textbook), Ch. 9
Ritter et al. (your textbook), Ch. 10
Guido et al. 2007 (San Juan Mtn. ice cap / valley glacier)
May 6: PAPER RETURNED; Glaciers, Glaciations; Rock Glaciers
Topic #1: Glaciers
Topic #2: Bull Lake and Pinedale glacial remnants across Colorado
Topic #3: One remarkable San Juan Mtn. valley glacier
Topic #4: Rock glaciers
Topic #5: Hand out review for Test Two (this is Lab Five)
Readings due before class next week:
none - study for test two!
May. 13, TEST TWO, 12:40 - 2:40 pm, REVISED PAPER DUE (optional)
Required Readings (PDFs in Canvas)
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Bellian, J. C. Kerans, and D. Jennette. 2005. Digital outcrop models: Applications of terrestrial scanning lidar technology in stratigraphic modelling. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 75 (2):166-176.
Blair, R., T. Casey, W. Romme, and R. Ellis. 1996. The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology and Human History. University of Colorado Press, Boulder, CO., Ch. 1 "Origin of Landscapes" pp. 3 - 17.
Blair, R., and M. Gillam. 2011. Eastern San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology and Human History. University Press of Colorado, Boulder, CO., Ch. 4 "Geomorphic History of the San Juan Mountains" pp. 61-78.
Brantley, S., R. Lowenstern, J. Christiansen, R. Smith, R. Heasler, H. Waite, and C. Wicks. 2004. Tracking Changes in Yellowstone's Restless Volcanic System, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 100-03.
Cruikshank, K., and A. Aydin. 1994. Role of fracture localization in arch formation, Arches National Park, Utah, GSA Bull. 106 (7): 879-91.
Dobrowski, S., J. Abatzoglou, J. Greenberg, and S. Schladow. 2009. How much influence does landscape-scale physiography have on air temperature in a mountain environment? Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 149 (10):1751-8.
Dorn, R. 2004. Case hardening, in Encyclopedia of Geomorphology, ed. A.S. Goudie, Routledge: London, 118-119.
Fitzner, B., K. Heinrichs, and D. La Bouchardiere. 2004. The Bangudae Petroglyph in Ulsan, Korea: Studies on weathering damage and risk prognosis. Environmental Geology 46:504-26.
Foster, T. 2010. A web site related to catastrophic floods from Glacial
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Guido, Z., J. Dylan and R. Anderson. 2007. Pacing the post-Last Glacial Maximum demise of the Animas Valley glacier and the San Juan Mountain ice cap, Colorado. Geology 35(8): 739-742.
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