ST-Reading the Landscape

Spring 2014

What makes the landscape? How do you know it? Many processes operate on wildly different scales that inform the way the surface of our planet looks. At the largest scale, we will talk about Earth's active geology, major continental features such as mountain ranges and volcanoes. Landscapes eroded and changed by wind, water, ice (and humans!) each have a distinctive signature. We'll also look at water and energy factors affecting the formation of deserts, grasslands, and forests. Get trained to examine and document natural processes and human-caused features with a variety of technologies, learning how to identify them, how to read and make maps, how to use a compass, and concepts of scale in space and time.

You will learn: To use topographic maps, a compass, Geographic Positioning System (GPS) units; to make [geologic/ habitat/ other] maps; to interpret aerial photographs and remotely sensed data; to understand the uses of geographic information systems (GIS); about different spatial technologies and to make sense of them across space and time.

This course is open to NRC majors only.
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