GEOL 3265 Spring 2009
Meeting Time: Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Place: Room C-340 (
Instructor: Prof. Charles L. Smart
Department of Geology and Meteorology
E-mail address: email@example.com
"Geomorphology: A Systematic Analysis of Late Cenozoic Landforms",
Third Edition, by Arthur L. Bloom.
Waveland Press or Prentice Hall. Available at the bookstore.
Lab Manual: Interpretation of Landforms from Topographic Maps and Air
Photographs Laboratory Manual by Don J. Easterbrook and Dori J.
Kovanen. Available at the bookstore.
Recommended: 100 Topographic maps by Richard DeBruin shared during class
Aerial Stereograms by Harold R. Wanless shared during class
Image Interpretation in Geology by Steve Drury shared during class
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday before class. I am usually nearby Mon.-Fri. The Secretary and Technician know my cell phone number. Currently I am preparing samples in C-309.
Equipment: Besides the usual scientific calculator and protractor, each student needs a stereoscope. These are available for $6 at the first class.
General Comments We will study the processes that create modern landforms, while increasing our interpretation skills with topographic maps, aerial and satellite photos.
There will be three Hour Tests (15% each) and a cumulative Final Examination (20%). The questions will come from the lecture, reading, and laboratories. A practicum and take-home will test your new laboratory skills (10%). Graded Homework, lab reports, and quizzes count for 10%.
Each student will complete a Project: a research term paper on a geomorphic surface feature in New Jersey, or adjacent Pennsylvania from the Water Gap to Milford. Your proposal, paper and poster presentation will count for the remaining 15%.
A field trip will be run on Saturday, April 25th (rain date May 2nd).
All tests in regular classroom, closed book, closed notes. Quizzes, lab questions and homework all take-home.
Summary of Tests and Deliverables:
Test 1 February 19th, Thursday Lectures 1 - 8
Site Info due March 10th, Tuesday
Test 2 March 12th, Thursday Lectures 9 - 11, and 13
Term Paper due April 2nd, Thursday
Test 3 April 16th, Thursday Lectures for Chapters 14, 16 - 20
Lab Practicum April 14th, Tuesday All lab topics
Presentations April 21st and 23rd Attendance required
Field Trip April 25th, Saturday Attendance required
Final April 30th, Thursday All Lectures, reading and labs
FT Rain Date May 2nd, Saturday Attendance required
Attendance Attendance is the basis of class participation. Online copies of lecture slides are just outlines, and contain minimal text. They are not intended to replace note taking. Only by coming to class will you be able to get an accurate impression of what will be stressed on tests and the final. Tests include lab questions. Missed labs and quizzes cannot be made up.
Disabilities If you have a disability and need any sort of special accommodations, please see me prior to the first test.
Tu/Th READING (Bloom Chapters) TOPICS FOR THE LECTURE
Jan 20/22 ppt, ppt Intro and Scope; Energy Flow
Jan 27, 29 3(12),4 Cenozoic Tectonism; Structural control of Erosion; Climate Change;
Feb 3, 5 5,6 Tectonic Landforms; Volcanoes
Feb 10, 12 7, 8 Weathering; Karst
Feb. 17, 19 9, Test 1 Mass Wasting; Test 1 (Lecture 1-8 (includes Chapter 12) and related reading and labs)
Feb 24, 26 10, 11 Fluvial Systems; Fluvial System Evolution
Mar 3, 5 ppt, 13 Statistical Hypothesis Testing; Arid Landscapes, Aeolian Processes
Mar 10, 12 14, Test 2 Site Info due and Periglacial; Test 2 (Lectures 9-11, and 13 and related reading and labs)
March 24 Note: Last Day to Withdraw
Mar 24, 26 16, 17 Glaciers, Glacial Geomorphology
Mar. 31, Apr 2 18, 19 Late Quaternary Climates; Shore Processes and Papers due
Apr 7, 9 20, Reviews Coast Description, Lab and Lecture Review
Apr 14, 16 Lab Test, Test 3 All Lab skills; Test 3 (Lectures for Chapters 14, 16 - 20)
Apr 21, 23 Group Presentations Poster sessions due, group order chosen at random
Apr 25 Field Trip
Apr. 28, 30 Review, Final Exam Review; Final Examination all Lectures
May 2 Field Trip if needed