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Modeled after MIT’s OpenCourseWare Initiative, the Sofia project encourages the free exchange of community college-level materials on the World Wide Web. It is our hope that Sofia will lead to the exploration of ways of supporting instruction and student learning using web-based resources.

Content for eight courses is now available online for free through the Sofia open content initiative, thanks to the joint contributions of faculty, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Foothill-De Anza Community College District
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Physical Geography

The Story Behind This Course

"Physical geography is, at a basic level, understanding the 'why' in our everyday observations: Why do we have earthquakes? Why do they not have hurricanes here in California, while they do on the East coast?" says Allison Lenkeit-Meezan, author and Professor of Physical Geography. Learn More About the Course and Author...

Course Description

Physical geography is the study of the earth's dynamic systems – its air, water, weather climate, landforms, rocks, soils, plants, ecosystems and biomes – and how humans interact with the earth's systems. Physical geography is the study of the world around you. Read More...

Advisories and Notices

Sofia is not a credit or certificate/degree granting program. This content is freely available as an educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners.

  • No instructor or moderator is present.
  • This course may be taken for credit online from Foothill College.

Please treat this learning space with respect. It is a global classroom.

Other Credits

The top left image pictures Hurricane Isabel, 1003-10-17. The image is from NASA and while it's in the public domain, you should read their license details.

The course also includes images from Peter H. Dana, The Geographer's Craft Project, Department of Geography, The University of Colorado at Boulder. They may be used for study, research, and education in not-for-profit applications. Please credit the author, Peter H. Dana.