Geography 173


Field Exploration: Cascade Range/Modoc Plateau


3 units, 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory


This week-long course involves lecture and field study of natural processes and features in elected areas of the southern Cascade Range and the Modoc Plateau. Lectures en route and on site may include origin, evolution, and significance of the region’s tectonic setting, geomorphic features, hydrology, native plants and weather. The course may also examine human-environment interactions as well as spatial and temporal variations in areas such as Lava Beds National Monument, McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Students will learn various field study techniques including map interpretation, map analysis, and the use of field instruments including mineral and rock identification tools, compasses, and global positioning system (GPS) devices. The course requires field trip travel, often including overnight camping and light to moderate hiking.

Transfers to CSU