ERIC Number: ED052107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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A Survey Course: The Energy and Mass Budget at the Surface of the Earth.
Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC. Commission on College Geography.
The objectives of this geography course for liberal arts students include the following: 1) to demonstrate cooperative action among sciences, by showing that physical and chemical phenomena occur at biological surfaces that usually exist in economic and cultural frameworks; 2) to show that laboratory principles of mass and energy exchange and transformation can be used in understanding urban, rural, and wildland parts of the earth's surface; and, 3) to lead the student to examine his ideas about environment and the earth using the budget accounting model of relationships which help describe regularities in regional landscapes and economics, and aid in examining man's role in changing the conditions that affect the processes forming landscape features. The flexible sequence of teaching units examines the simpler individual budgets first: 1) wind, one week; 2) atmospheric composition and pollution, one week; 3) energy exchanges in ecologic and economic systems, radiative energy, and heat, two weeks; 4) water exchanges at the earth's surface, two weeks. The interacting, complex combination of these budgets are examined in the last four synthesizing units; 5) organisms, one week; 6) ecosystems or elements of the landscape, two or three weeks; 7) mosaic landscapes, one week, and, 8) regions and their world pattern, two or three weeks. The objectives suggested outline of topics, relation to other units, extensive useful references, and case studies are cited for each unit. (Author/SBE)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Climate, Earth Science, Ecological Factors, Ecology, Environmental Research, Geographic Regions, Geography, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Physical Environment, Physical Geography, Social Sciences, Systems Analysis, Units of Study
Commission on College Geography, Arizona State University; Tempe, Arizona 85281 (Paperback, $1.00)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC. Commission on College Geography.