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The Geography of Mars

Spring 2016

GEOG 441/541, seminar class #6481/6489, lab #6490/6491

Christine M. Rodrigue, Ph.D.

Department of Geography
Environmental Science and Policy Program
California State University
Long Beach, CA 90840-1101
1 (562) 985-4895

For Your Consideration:

GEOG 441/541 will be offered in Spring 2016. This is the only Geography of Mars class available anywhere on Earth! The course counts in the Geography major in the physical and environmental geography track or the GIScience track. It also counts as an elective for Environmental Science and Policy majors. It is open to any interested upper-division or graduate student, however, as long as you have basic background in the physical geosciences (e.g., courses in physical geography, general geology, climatology, or environmental science).

The course is ultimately aimed at deepening understanding and appreciation of Planet Earth by the contrast in fate with its neighbor, Mars. You will acquire a mental map of martian places and encounter its many breathtakingly gorgeous landscapes. Everywhere you look, you see landscapes that evoke processes familiar to you on Earth ... yet Mars often works completely differently from our terrestrial expectations. This often leaves us wondering if we actually do understand our own planet!

So, there's a lot to learn about our unfamiliar neighbor and, through it, about our own taken-for-granted home planet. This semester, Pluto may even make a guest appearance! For more information, please feel free to contact me at rodrigue@csulb.edu. I'm in PH1- 233, or you can leave a message in PH1-210. I look forward to taking another band of explorers to Mars!

             [ Olympus Mons DEM colorized ] [ Nili Patera dune field, HiRISE ] [ Curiosity

Catalogue Description

Prerequisite/Corequisite: GEOG 130 or 140 or GEOL 102 and GEOG 280 or consent of instructor. Introduction to the geography of Mars, providing a physical regionalization of the Martian surface and climate and an understanding of underlying tectonic, geomorphic, and meteorological processes. The course reviews remote sensing fundamentals and data sources for geographical analysis of Mars. Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours seminar, 2 hours activity).

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