GEOG 206 Landforms & Landform Processes • 6 Cr.


Surveys the origin and evolution of Landforms by investigating the physical and chemical processes responsible for their development. Landforms such as: volcanic cones, fault structures, and glacial features, are identified by analyzing and interpreting data, graphs, and maps and by using visual aids including slides, videos, and CDs. Fulfills laboratory science credit at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate in written form and in mapwork the morphology of the lithosphere and the physical properties of different Earth materials. The student should be able to differentiate between the various rock types found at or near to the surface of the Earth.
  • Explain in short essays and in maps and diagrams, the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift. Students should be able to identify the global pattern of plates; the movements of plates; and the processes at work at the margins of plates.
  • Explain in essays and annotated diagrams the impact of tectonic processes and the landforms of volcanism. The student should be able to explain the relationships that exist between structural features and plate tectonics, for example, the origins and landforms of folding and faulting.
  • Identify and explain through short tests and in-class discussion the results of movements within the lithosphere leading to earthquakes and associated phenomena, such as ground displacement; landslides; tsunamis and the impact of these events on the human landscape.
  • Recognize the various stores, flows and processes of the hydrological cycle. Students should be able to explain the interaction of terrestrial, climatic, biotic and human factors on the patterns and processes of surface and sub-surface water storage and movement. The student should be able to explain in essays and diagrams the mechanisms of fluvial processes including channel characteristics and landscape modifications caused by running water.
  • Recognize in short essays and illustrative diagrams the actions of other agents of erosion working on the landscape, including marine processes at the coast; gradational and depositional activities associated with glacial and periglacial environments; weathering and mass wasting; and the role played by the wind in arid regions.
  • Identify and explain in both class discussion and in short essays the part played by oceans in landform development, including the characteristics of ocean basins and the long and short term changes in sea level in local and global scales of enquiry.
  • Interpret topographic maps and demonstrate the relevant skills employed to successfully read maps depicting physical features of the landscape.
  • Explain in short essays the interrelationships that exist between human actions and the physical landscape. Students should be able to explain in class discussion and in essays the need for careful management of landforms, particularly in fragile environments.