GEO345 Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology

Level 3
Credits 20
Availability Approved for BSc Geography; Environmental Mathematics; Environmental Science; Dual with Mathematics
Semester Spring
Not running academic year 2012/13
Prerequisites GEO206 or GEO224
Description This module will examine geomorphological aspects of the cryosphere, giving emphasis to the study of landforms and sediments created by ice sheets and periglacial processes both past and present. The dynamic relationship between both these components of the cryosphere will also be highlighted. Where relevant, the applied aspects of glacial and periglacial geomorphology will be given specific attention, particularly in the contexts of ice sheet reconstruction and permafrost degradation.
  1. To gain an understanding of how glacial and periglacial systems operate
  2. To examine the extent and geographic diversity of glacial and periglacial landforms both past and present
  3. To demonstrate the relationship between process and form
  4. To illustrate how glacial and periglacial geomorphology can be used to reconstruct former environments
  5. To gain an understanding of how glacial landforms can be used to reconstruct palaeo ice sheets
  6. To assess likely future changes in periglacial environments in particular permafrost degradation in relation to global warming
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate:
  1. Knowledge of typical processes and landforms in glacial and periglacial environments.
  2. Research-level understanding of controversies and competing theories.
  3. Understanding of how glacial and periglacial evidence can be used to reconstruct past environments.
Outline Contents Lectures designed to address the above objectives
Delivery Methods Lectures
Student Contact Hours 30
Supporting Texts Benn and Evans, Glaciers and Glaciation
Assessment Methods Examination
(convenor underlined)
Professor Mark Bateman, Professor Chris Clark

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