Module 1 Introduction: (CU3 M1) Groundwater, Rivers, and Oceans
In terms of water, there is very little fresh water on Earth that isn’t locked in glaciers. The fresh water that is available for human use is either trapped underground or can be found on the surface in rivers and lakes. Rivers are particularly important because their work not only moves water but also acts as an agent of erosion that moves sediments from the continents to the ocean basins. The understanding of rivers can help one gain knowledge of the surface processes that are seen on the continents of the Earth and how those processes form and erode landforms. In this Module you will learn about the processes related to flowing rivers and the ability to read and use topographic maps.
Demonstrate ability to describe the work of rivers, how sediments are moved by rivers, and how to apply this knowledge to reading maps.
Understand the basic concepts of river erosion and how this applies to formation of fluvial landforms.
Understand the importance and function of reading topographic maps.