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Reading topographic maps is a skill applied in unit 4 of the course. In addition to the material in your lab manuals, see this previous blog posting for topographic map reading resources.

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Your online textbook, The Physical Environment, integrates several videos from the Earth Revealed series. I encourage you to view videos from this series concerning topics discussed in the fourth unit of the course. They are a good way to help visualize earth processes and review textbook and course content.

Image: Mt. St. Helens. Courtesy USGS

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To help prepare for the soils section of Unit 3, you might consider creating soil order flash cards. You can use the G101 Flash card maker or create your own with index cards. Include the climate, type of natural vegetation or biome, soil forming process, and special features like color or organic content that characterizes the soil order.

Image: Mollisol soil profile. Courtesy USDA NRCS

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Biogeography is a central focus of Unit Three. Use the “Biome Information Matrix” as a guide for creating your own and organize key information about the biomes you’ll study. Note that I have filled in some of the cells as examples of the information you could collect.

All course sections can access this link for the “Biome Information Matrix“.

Image: Sunset in the Everglades. Courtesy US National Park Service

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