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Geography - TCC OER Subject Guide: OER starting points

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This guide compiles starting points for OER and freely available resources for Geography courses and topics. This OER subject guide was created for TCC faculty and staff and reflects TCC credit, continuing education, and corrections course offerings. The purpose of this guide is to help faculty and staff more easily find and review OER in their areas so that they can make decisions about quality, accuracy, relevancy, and potential use.

Material Type: Reading

Authors: Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Tacoma Community College Library

Geographic Information System Basics

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Essentials of Geographic Information Systems integrates key concepts behind the technology with practical concerns and real-world applications. Recognizing that many potential GIS users are nonspecialists or may only need a few maps, this book is designed to be accessible, pragmatic, and concise. Essentials of Geographic Information Systems also illustrates how GIS is used to ask questions, inform choices, and guide policy. From the melting of the polar ice caps to privacy issues associated with mapping, this book provides a gentle, yet substantive, introduction to the use and application of digital maps, mapping, and GIS.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Jonathan E. Campbell, Michael Shin

World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization

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World Regional Geography takes a regional approach to globalization and world geography. The textbook was designed to provide accurate and current information regarding world regional geography in an easy-to-read format. Fundamental geographic concepts and regions are presented in concise chapters that provide a foundational framework for understanding development patterns around the world. Essential topics include location, the environment, and global economic dynamics. Important theories, concepts, and principles are utilized throughout the textbook for each region.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Jonathan E. Campbell, Michael Shin

Physical Geography

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Physical Geography, also called earth science, is the study of our home planet and all of its components: its lands, waters, atmosphere, and interior. In this book, some chapters are devoted to the processes that shape the lands and impact people. Other chapters depict the processes of the atmosphere and its relationship to the planet’s surface and all our living creatures. For as long as people have been on the planet, humans have had to live within Earth’s boundaries. Now human life is having a profound effect on the planet. Several chapters are devoted to the effect people have on the planet.The journey to better understanding Earth begins here with an exploration of how scientists learn about the natural world and introduces you to the study of physical geography and earth science.

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook

Supplemental Materials: Physical Geography

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Physical geography is the study of the earth's dynamic systems: its air, water, weather climate, landforms, rocks, soils, plants, ecosystems and biomes and how humans interact with the earth's systems. Physical geography is the study of the world around you. It will help you to understand why San Francisco is always cold and foggy, why we have earthquakes, and what causes seasons. Everyone, every day, interacts with the earth's dynamic systems. I challenge you to join me on an exploration of the complex, and exciting world in which you live!

Material Type: Textbook

Author: K. Allison Lenkeit-Meezan

Open Geography Education

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This website is dedicated to providing free, open curriculum and resources to anybody who is interested in our geographic world. Using the world as our contributors and content experts, we will strive to make the most engaging, dynamic, and relevant information possible.

Material Type: Reading, Textbook

Author: R. Adam Dastrup

Physical Geography

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This textbook was designed especially for Community College students, as a resource to instill the knowledge and adventure that the discipline of geography holds for so many of us. The following units will cover a wide array of topics such as: Earth’s grid system, rivers, oceans, deserts, basic geology, and cartography. The text has 19 units; Unit 1: Introduction to Geography as a Discipline Unit 2: Earth’s Place within the Cosmos Unit 3: Introduction to Geology & Geologic Time Unit 4: Mapping Earth’s Surface Unit 5: Earth-Sun Relationships: Reasons for the Seasons Unit 6: Earth’s Atmosphere Unit 7: Elements of Weather & Climate Unit 8: Basic Mineral Development Unit 9: Igneous Rocks Unit 10: Sedimentary Rocks Unit 11: Metamorphism & Metamorphic Rocks Unit 12: Weathering & Soils Unit 13: Earths Dynamic Surface: Plate Tectonics Unit 14: Earths Dynamic Surface: Tectonics Force Unit 15: Earths Dynamic Surface: Volcanoes Unit 16: Shaped by Coastal Processes Unit 17: Shaped by Rivers & Running Water Unit 18: Shaped by Wind as a Geomorphic Agent Unit 19: Shaped by Glaciers

Material Type: Primary Source, Reading, Textbook, Unit of Study

Author: Jeremy Patrich

World Regional Geography

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Rather than present students with a broad, novice-level introduction to geography, emphasizing places and vocabulary terms, this text approaches geography as experts understand the discipline, focusing on connections and an in-depth understanding of core themes. This thematic approach, informed by pedagogical research, provides students with an introduction to thinking geographically. Instead of repeating the same several themes each chapter, this text emphasizes depth over breadth by arranging each chapter around a central theme and then exploring that theme in detail as it applies to the particular region. In addition, while chapters are designed to stand alone and be rearranged or eliminated at the instructor's discretion, the theme of globalization and inequality unites all of the regions discussed. This core focus enables students to draw connections between regions and to better understand the interconnectedness of our world. Furthermore, the focus on both globalization and inequality helps demonstrate the real-world application of the concepts discussed. Colonialism, for instance, rather than a historical relict, becomes a force that has shaped geography and informs social justice. This thematic approach is also intended to facilitate active learning and would be suitable for a flipped or team-based learning-style course since it more easily integrates case studies and higher-order thinking than the traditional model.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Caitlin Finlayson

Laboratory Manual for Introduction to Physical Geography, Second Edition

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This lab manual is a cross-institutional project from British Columbia (BC), Canada that provides 24 labs to be implemented within first year post-secondary physical geography courses. The labs have been developed to be easily adapted for various course structures, durations, and differing laboratory learning objectives set out by instructors. Instructor notes are available for each lab that outline the instructional intent of the lab author, along with some suggestions for modifications. The lab manual is licenced under a creative common license (refer to licensing information) so that the lab modules can be modified as needed. The second edition of this lab manual was created for the onset of the 2021/22 academic year.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Textbook

Authors: Chani Welch, et al., Stuart MacKinnon

Physical Geography - Version 1

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Welcome to Physical Geography at College of the Canyons. This textbook was designed especially for College of the Canyons students, as a resource to instill the knowledge and adventure that the discipline of geography holds for so many of us. The following units will cover a wide array of topics such as: Earth’s grid system, rivers, oceans, deserts, basic geology, and cartography.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Jeremy Patrich, Trudi Radtke