Dec 02, 2023
GEOG 4130 - Arid Lands Physical Geography
Integrated approach to the physical geographic processes that combine to create the distinctive landscapes of arid regions with an emphasis on their landforms and landforming processes.
Requisites: (GEOG 1100 or GEOL 1010) and (Jr or Sr)
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Students will be able to compare and contrast arid region with humid region climate, vegetation, soils, and landforms.
- Students will be able to define and distinguish major arid region landforms, recognize distinctive landform assemblages, and explain their principal formative processes.
- Students will be able to name and locate the earths major arid regions, and evaluate the multiple geographical factors that combine to make each region arid.
- Students will be able to outline ways in which aridity is measured and describe the principal characteristics of arid climates.
- Students will be able to provide examples of the fragility of desert landscapes and the importance of their environmental protection.
- Students will be able to summarize and critique scholarly research articles related to arid lands physical geography.
- Students will be able to synthesize their knowledge of arid region weather, climate, vegetation, soils, and landform systems to summarize how they work together to create distinctive desert landscapes.
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