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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

EARS 33 Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

This course is an introduction to geomorphology – the study of the mechanisms that shape the Earth’s surface. Students will learn about river, glacial, hillslope, and wind-driven processes, and the resulting landforms and landscapes they produce. We will also delve into how landscapes respond to and affect tectonics and climate, and the implications for understanding the history of the Earth’s surface and its future. The techniques and tools we use as geomorphologists range from direct observations to chemical, physical, mathematical, and isotopic approaches, all of which we will explore in this course. The processes we discuss are not confined to the Earth, and as such, we will also touch on the geomorphic evolution of other planetary bodies as well. 

Not open to students who have received credit for GEOG 033.


Palucis, Fame

Cross Listed Courses

GEOG 17.01

Distributive and/or World Culture


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