GEOG 4203/5203: Geomorphology

Taught 2010-2012 by Dr. Julian

This course in Geomorphology investigates linkages between landscape forms and processes with emphasis on soil, fluvial, and aeolian processes. The course has a strong field component, including two required weekend fieldtrips.  Some lectures also have field/lab components.  A large portion of the class is devoted to group projects where students combine knowledge from lectures and readings with field techniques and data to demonstrate their grasp on fundamental processes in geomorphology.

Fieldtrip to Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma to study tectonic and fluvial processes on one of the oldest mountains on Earth.  One team is surveying a longitudinal profile while two other teams are doing Wolman pebble counts.

Students collecting soil cores on a sand dune in Little Sahara State Park, Oklahoma. Well, two of the students are coring, one is supervising, and the other four are providing motivational support.  Coring sand dunes is much harder than it looks.  Data from soil cores was combined with remotely sensed imagery to better understand aeolian processes of these active dunes.

Class on top of one of the 20 meter (60 feet) high sand dunes.  Students suggested we rent an ATV next time.

Soils fieldwork in Oliver’s Woods, located on the historical floodplain of the Canadian River near Norman, Oklahoma. Professor Julian (center) showing students how to take soil cores in wetlands.