Rita D. Haberlin, Instructor
Mountain Building Learning Module
Study Guide and Outline Notes
California Geomorphic Provinces
View or Print Study Questions for California Geomorphic Provinces
Place Names of Landforms Handout
View or Print Place Names of Landforms
After completing the reading assignment and exploring the Web resources, and study guide, review what you have learned with these quizzes:
Mountain Building Multiple Choice Quiz
Quizzes, Tarbuck and Lutgens, Chapter 10, Key Concepts 1-4 and Chapter Test
How do eroded anticlines and synclines appear in satellite images? Pick out the Appalachian Ridge and Valley, the Appalachian Plateau, and the Blue Ridge from satellite images of Central Pennsylvania.
California Geomorphic Provinces--CGS Note 36 (See NOTE below.)
A geomorphic province is a a region with distinctive landforms, rock types, and geologic structure. These California Geological Survey CGS Notes identify eleven geomorphic provinces and give a brief summary of each. Use this source to identify each of the regions on your California Geomorphic Provinces map. Where do you find a tilted fault block of granite sculptured by streams and glaciers? Where can you find a volcanic plug in the Central (Great) Valley? Plan a trip to explore California's varied landscapes.
View or Print the Map for the California Geomorphic Provinces
NOTE: California Geomorphic Provinces--CGS Note 36 is a PDF file. You can get Acrobat Reader at this site if you don't have it on your computer.
Geologic Map of California (This is a PDF file.)
The California Geological Survey provides a simplified Geologic Map of California in a PDF file. Compare this map with the map of California Geomorphic Provinces.
You can find a more detailed map at the Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
California Geomorphic Provinces Tour
This is a photo tour by a professional photographer and geologist.
California Has Its Faults
Where would you find each of the main kinds of faults? This page written for teachers, has diagrams of various kinds of faults and where to find them in California.
Deformation in California
Find out why Northern California has so many instruments to record crustal deformation. Observe the latest records of strainmeters, tiltmeters, and creepmeters sited near the San Andreas and Hayward faults.
Every Place Has Its Faults
What geographic features are produced by normal faults? What is the best-known example of a strike-slip fault? How does a thrust fault differ from a reverse fault? This site has a good summary of each kind of fault.
Forces in the
What are the three forces that cause rocks to deform? How does each force change the rocks? See simple animations of each kind of force.
the National Parks
Explore the mountains with a geologic tour of the major mountain parks maintained by the USGS and National Parks Service. This site includes maps, photos, visitor information, and web links as well as geology.
Physiographic Regions of the United States
Examine the complex tapestry of the geology and topography of the United States with these detailed maps from USGS (United States Geological Survey). Quiz yourself with the jig-saw puzzle of gelogic regions.
Geologic Map of the San Francisco Bay Area
For a detailed map of the geology of the San Francisco Bay Area go to this USGS site. You can Zoom in and out to learn about specific rocks and fossils.
Take this Stanford University field trip along the San Andreas strike-slip fault south of San Francisco. Link to other field trips along the San Andreas Fault zone.
From the map of the United States, select California. Match the topography of California to the map of geomorphic provinces. Another good California topo map can be found here.
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