Rivers, wind, glaciers, and time act on sediment and rock to develop the landforms we see around us. An understanding of the surface processes that produce our regional landforms will enable you to appreciate the soils we farm, the ground water we drink, and how we manage environmental issues that impact the landscape. Our investigations will primarily be field based with observations and detailed study of many topics, including:
* Major landscape elements – origin of the form of local mountains & valleys
* River erosion & deposition – channels, floodplains, terraces & management
* Soils – formation & recognition of soil horizons
* Geoarchaeology – techniques of field study of sediment & soil for archaeology investigations to be done with local archaeologists
* Landslide & hill-slope erosion processes
* Glacier processes & products – arguably the most important agent in our landscape origins was glacial ice & we will learn to recognize glacial landforms & interpret the glacial history our region
Most weeks will consist of field study modules and there will be a single all-day Saturday field trip, tentatively scheduled for November 23.