Home Room


Geomorphology students

Geomorphology students observing landslide
scars in the San Rafael mountains

Welcome to the home room of your virtual field trip.

Physical Geography examines how the surface of our earth has been shaped over time by various processes. This modular guided learning experience is intended to supplement an introductory Geography or Geomorphology course.

Exploring the world outside your classroom door is an essential part of a Geographer's training. Walking through landforms and seeing processes in action is amazing! However, if your access to the field is limited by time and transportation, a virtual field trip is the next best thing.

Getting started

To get started with this trip, read the trip overview on About this trip, and follow it with Methodology which is an introduction to the structure that we will follow through on all of the pages in this virtual field trip. Next, investigate just how old our earth is in Geologic time.

Geomorphology students

Packing up camp

The second section of this trip is based on the processes that create topography. Orogenesis, or mountain building is responsible for the majestic mountains on earth. We will then examine folding and faulting in the California's Coast Ranges.

The last section of this trip focuses on the processes that break down the topography. Fluvial processes looks at river related processes, Debris flows & slides examines examples of mass movement processes in California, Aeolian processes looks at the geomorphology of dry environments, and Glacial processes looks at the impact of long-gone glaciers in shaping the landscape of California.