PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
STUDY GUIDE
UNIT 4

 

Read Chapters 16,17, 18, 19, and Chapter 20

Know all vocabulary terms

Additional hints:

  • During the Pleistocene Epoch, where were the major ice sheets located?
  • Know the characteristics of the Big Dave River in the upper, middle, and lower courses.
  • Know what mesas, buttes, and pinnacles are and how they form.
  • Understand how playas and salinas form.
  • What is a sandbar called that connects a sea stack to the mainland?
  • What is stream rejuvenation?
  • What landforms are composed of till?
  • How do outwash plains form?
  • What the heck is a hoodoo?
  • What makes continental glaciers move?
  • Know the difference between erosional and depositional landforms.
  • How do alluvial fans form?
  • How far south did continental glaciers come into North America during the Pleistocene Epoch?
  • What landform marks the furthest advance of a glacier?
  • What is desert pavement and how does it form?
  • Know the depositional landforms associated with continental glaciers.
  • Understand the methods of stream transportation.
  • What is a glacial cirque?
  • What does ocean wave refraction do to coastlines?
  • The ability of a stream to erode is based on what factors?
  • Know the three types of stream drainage patterns discussed in class.
  • What creates potholes in a streambed?
  • What direction do the horns of a barchan dune face?
  • Know the characteristics of transverse dunes.
  • Where are you likely to find a water table?
  • Which direction do ocean currents rotate in each hemisphere?
  • Understand the role of the sun and moon in creating tides.
  • How is hard water formed?
  • What is a sand spit?
  • Know the difference between porosity and permeability.
  • How do stalactites and stalagmites form?
  • What does the term base level refer to with regard to streams?
  • Do all rivers start high in the mountains?

There will be a 15 question matching section requiring you to match physical features(delta, cirque, spit, etc.) to the gradational process (running water, wind, moving ice, or waves and currents) most responsible for their formation.

Last Updated: 3/14/2012 1:22 PM