Geography 15: Physical Geography

An introduction to selected aspects of the earth’s physical environment (landforms, weather, climate, soils, and vegetation) and the processes and conditions giving rise to their worldwide distribution. The study of the earth as the home of man.

Transfer: UC/CSU. IGETC 5A; CSU-GE B1.

Geography 15: Syllabus

Geography 15: Exam Questions



Articles for Geography 15


Acid Trap By Peter Brannen (AEON Magazine)

'Amasia': The Next Supercontinent? By Richard Harris (NPR)

An Airbnb For Water Could Help Farmers With California's Devastating Drought By Ariel Schwartz (Co.Exist) 

Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Is Dry for First Time in 600 Years By Brian Clark Howard (National Geographic)

Arctic News

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Yet Another Record Low (EcoWatch)

California Farmers Dig Deeper for Water, Sipping Their Neighbors Dry By Matt Richtel (The New York Times)

Can 'Carbon Ranching' Offset Emissions In Calif.? By Christopher Joyce (NPR)

Change the Course

China Just Got Serious About Global Warming. Now We're Really Out of Excuses. By James West (Mother Jones)

Climate Central

Climate Change Trends: Carbon Emissions Giants (NPR)

Climate Strategists: To Cut Emissions, Focus On Forests By Christopher Joyce (NPR)

Dried Out: Confronting the Texas Drought By Chris Amico, Danny DeBelius, Terrence Henry, and Matt Stiles (NPR)

Drilling Puts Oklahoma at Risk of California-Size Quake By Michael Wines (The New York Times)

Episode 1: It's All About Carbon By Robert Krulwich (NPR)

Global Warming Not Slowing - It 's Speeding Up By James Wight (Skeptical Science)

Gorgeous Glimpses of Calamity By Michael Benson (New York Times)

Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark By Diane Cardwell (The New York Times)

Grumpy Cold Men - Jim Inhofe (The Daily Show)

How India Has Learned To Deal With Major Cyclones By Krishnadev Calamur (NPR)

How much does a hurricane weigh? (NPR)

How the West Overcounts Its Water Supplies By Abrahm Lustgarten (The New York Times)

How To Tell If The Article About Climate You Are Reading Is B.S., In Four Easy Steps By Joe Romm (Think Progress) 

How Water Cuts Could Affect Every Community in California By Haeyoun Park, Derek Watkins, Matthew Ericson, and Matthew Bloch (The New York Times)

In California, a Wet Era May Be Ending By Henry Fountain (The New York Times)

It Takes How Much Water to Grow an Almond?! By Alex Park and Julia Lurie (Mother Jones)

It Takes HOW Much Water to Make Greek Yogurt?! By Julia Lurie and Alex Park (Mother Jones)

Lethal Seas (NOVA: PBS)

Losing Ground: Southeast Louisiana is Disappearing, Quickly By ProPublica (ProPublica)

Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S. By Mike Bostock and Kevin Quealy (The New York Times)

Massive Coral Die-Off Reported In Indonesia (NPR)

Massive Glacier Melt and Fresh Water are Pouring into the Gulf of Alaska By Pakalolo (Daily KOS)

NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide By Patrick Lynch (NASA)

NASA: Earth Could Warm 20 Percent More Than Earlier Estimates By Brandon Barker (Nation of Change)

New Studies Reveal Climate Extremes From Fire to Ice By Michael D. Lemonick

NOAA Climate Services

Portland Will Still Be Cool, but Anchorage May Be the Place to Be: On a Warmer Planet, Which Cities Will Be Safest? By Jennifer A. Kingson (The New York Times)

Protecting Watersheds (Capital Public Radio)

Quakes in Oklahoma (The New York Times)

Red Sludge From Brazilian Dam Collapse Reaches the Atlantic By Alan Taylor (The Atlantic)

Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change By Justin Gillis (The New York Times)

Rising Seas: If All the Ice Melted (National Geographic)

Rising Temperatures, Disappearing Coastlines (NPR)

Sandy's CT Scan, and Other Vital Images (Video from Science Friday)

State of the Climate - Global Analysis (NOAA)

The Antarctic Half of the Global Thermohaline Circulation is Collapsing By FishOutOfWater (Daily KOS)

The Big Melt Accelerates By Kenneth Chang (The New York Times)

The Incredible Feat of Photographing a Watershed in Motion By Coburn Dukehart (National Geographic)

The Pacific Ocean Becomes a Caldron By John Schwartz (The New York Times)

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower By Christopher Joyce (NPR)

This Was The Hottest 3-Month Start Of Any Year On Record By Joe Romm (Climate Progress)

Transparency: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch By Jacob Magraw-Mickelson (Good Magazine)

United States Drought Monitor

USGS Study: 1200 Square Miles of Central Valley Land Is Sinking By Amy Quinton (Capital Public Radio)

We Know How Forests Changed this Month, Thanks to New Satellite Alerts By Mikaela Weisse and Octavia Aris Payne (World Resources Institute)

What Countries Are Doing To Tackle Climate Change By NPR News Staff (NPR)

Why This New Study On Arctic Permafrost Is So Scary By Emily Atkin (Climate Progress) 

Wind Map

With Dry Taps and Toilets, California Drought Turns Desperate By Jennifer Medina (The New York Times)

Yale Climate Opinion Maps: 2014 (Yale Project on Climate Change Communication)