ENV 225 - Geology and River Geomorphology

3 credits

(PREREQUISITE: ENV 130)

This course is designed to build a general understanding of the physical processes that shape the earth’s crust such as core heat, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, climatology, erosion and sedimentation including those processes that form and alter rivers and streams. We will examine formation of the varying types of geologic materials and structures and in particular the implications with respect to fluvial (river) geomorphology. The course examines the classic themes in fluvial geomorphology, including stream flow, river hydraulics, sediment transport and storage, channel shape and stability, riverine habitat and riparian vegetation, and stream corridor rehabilitation. This course coupled with a study of geography will provide students a global perspective on the interrelationship between the earth’s physical processes and natural resources. (Sp)