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Surficial Geology: Earth Structures I

Course Number: GES 251
Credits: 4
Offered: Fall Semester
Instructors: Professor Hansen
Overview:

This is an introduction to the natural processes shaping Earth’s surface. Among other topics, weathering, landform and soil development, soil mechanics, the influence of running water, moving ice and wind on Earth’s surface, and people’s interaction with surficial geology will be stressed. The use of maps and other geographic images will be emphasized in the laboratory and the course will include an introduction to mapping. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory each week. Two Saturday field trips will be required. No
prerequisites.