The science of landscapes:
Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
GEOS 28600


Instructor: Edwin Kite, kite@uchicago.edu
Class: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3pm-4:20pm. Hinds 180.
Office hours: Wednesdays, 2pm-3pm. Hinds 467.

Late homework policy: 10 percent reduction in maximum grade per day late.
Labs: There will be a total of 5 labs. Schedule TBD (10:30a-11:20a Fridays is likely).

Lecture 1: week 1, Monday lecture (1 Oct) - Introduction. Shape, geoid, True Polar Wander.

Lecture 1 slides.

Required reading:

pages 25-30 from Chapter 2 of Melosh.

Lecture 2: week 2, Monday lecture (14 Jan) - True Polar Wander. Bathymetry of the oceans.

Lecture 2 slides.

Required reading:

Chapter 3 of Anderson and Anderson. (only pages 28-38 are required)

Problem Set 1: [pdf].

Lecture 3: week 2, Wednesday lecture (16 Jan) - How is topography supported? What limits the height of mountains?

Lecture 3 slides.
No lecture on 21 Jan; Martin Luther King day


Lab 1 optional reading.

Lapotre et al. Science 2016.

Charru et al. Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science 2013.

Lecture 4+ make-up lecture 5: week 3, Wednesday lecture (23 Jan) - Magma and lava.

Lecture 4/5 slides.

Required reading:

Chapter 5 of Melosh. (Only sections 5.1.3 and 5.3, plus Box 5.3).


Griffiths, Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics, 2000. (Only sections 1-4 are required).

Optional reading:

Wilson and Head 1981.

Problem Set 2: [pdf].

Background on the process of travertine-terrace build-up:

``Watching rocks grow", Veysey and Goldenfeld 2008.