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Introduction to Physical Geography

Eastern Sky

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

Welcome to Introduction to Physical Geography!!! The study of the spatial relationships and interactions within and between the major Earth systems and their relationship to humans.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • EXAM #3
  • Check your Syllabus for the date and time of your final exam

"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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WHAT'S SHAKING

Seismograph

Real-Time Earthquake Information

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

Watch this Video!!
"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

Savanna

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

WildFinder by WWF
(Note: Works best with Mozilla Firefox Browser)

CALIFORNIA PLANT DATABASE

Desert lands

Last Updated: 12/31/2014

Biscuit Basin

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Rain Drop

NOTE-TAKING TIPS 

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LOCAL EVENTS

Death Valley Flood
of August 2004
Flood Road

Flood Cars

Wildfires of San Diego
October 2007

2005 Desert Wildflowers
Pictures By Robert Meyers
Dessert Flowers
Desert Flowers 2

Hundreds of Thousands of Fish in the Salton Sea Die
February 2007
click on photo for more pictures
Tilapia
Tilapia
Tilapia 3

Searless Valley
Satellite Imagery of Environmental Change
Nile North Africa
 
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