INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

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GEOGRAPHY

SPRING 2014

JUDD CURRAN

Chair, Earth Sciences Dept.

Associate Professor

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judd.curran@gcccd.edu

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Looking East from Grossmont College, view of monsoonal thunderstorms on August 16th, 2012

 

"The unity of all the sciences is found in geography. The significance of geography is that it presents the earth as the enduring home of the occupations of man. The world without its relationship to human activity is less than a world. Human industry and achievement, apart from their roots in the earth, are not even a sentiment, hardly a name"

John Dewey
(1859-1952)

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"Physical Geography-

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2005 Desert
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2005 California Desert Wildflower Bloom

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THIS WEEK IN GEOGRAPHY 120

GLOBAL CLIMATES

 THE CLIMATE SYSTEM

World Climate

How Do I Read a Climatograph?

Interpreting Data on a Climatograph

Koppen Climate Classification Map

EVAPOTRANSPIRATION

Significance of Evapotranspiration

Evapotranspiration Maps for Australia

CLIMATE CLASSIFICATION 

Climate Classification

CLIMATE DISTRIBUTION

Discussion of Climate Zones and Vegetation

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"The Earth Revealed:  Wind, Dust, and Deserts"
An educational video by the Annenberg Project
and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Climate Regions of the World with Climatographs
Note:  The Climographs in the above listed website are displayed in units of millimeters of precipitation
and celsius temperature.  The following is a conversion of that scale to
inches of precipitation and  fahrenheit temperature:

 The following table is a list of conversions from mm to inches of precipitation and from Celsius to Fahrenheit.

Precipitation Conversion                                               Temperature Conversion

mm        =       inches                                                   C             =           F

1000                 39.37                                                   40                       104

900                   35.43                                                   30                        86

800                   31.50                                                   20                        68

700                   27.56                                                   10                        50

600                   23.62                                                    0                         32

500                   19.69                                                  -10                        14

400                   15.75                                                  -20                       -04

300                   11.81                                                  -30                       -22

200                     7.87                                                  -40                       -40
100                     3.94                                                                                    

Online Inches to Millimeters Converter

 

How do climate models work?

 

2007 Climate Change Report
 

THE BIOSPHERE

ENERGY TRANSFORMATIONS

Photosynthesis

Leaf Closeup
What is Photosynthesis?

CLIMATE-VEGETATION INTERACTIONS

Biomes

The Carbon Cycle

The Nitrogen Cycle

The Oxygen Cycle

The Hydrologic Cycle

Tundra Vegetation TUNDRA
Boreal Forest Vegetation BOREAL FOREST or TAIGA
Temperate Broadleaf Deciduous Forest TEMPERATE BROADLEAF DECIDUOUS FOREST
Tropical Broadleaf Evergreen Forest TROPICAL BROADLEAF EVERGREEN FOREST
TROPICAL SAVANNA
Desert Scrub DESERTSCRUB
Temperate Grassland TEMPERATE GRASSLANDS
Mediterranean Scrub MEDITERRANEAN SCRUB
  Table from Susan L. Woodward of Radford University
Department of Geography

Ecosystems of the World
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