The Environment of the Earth's Surface

A meandering river system.

The elements of a meandering river system. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)

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MIT Course Number

12.090

As Taught In

Spring 2007

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Features

Course Description

A great variety of processes affect the surface of the Earth. Topics to be covered are production and movement of surficial materials; soils and soil erosion; precipitation; streams and lakes; groundwater flow; glaciers and their deposits. The course combines aspects of geology, climatology, hydrology, and soil science to present a coherent introduction to the surface of the Earth, with emphasis on both fundamental concepts and practical applications, as a basis for understanding and intelligent management of the Earth's physical and chemical environment.

Southard, John. 12.090 The Environment of the Earth's Surface, Spring 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/earth-atmospheric-and-planetary-sciences/12-090-the-environment-of-the-earths-surface-spring-2007 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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