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GAP3051 - Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology


Lateral moraine (Steigletscher, Switzerland)



Moraine-dammed lake (Steigletscher, Switzerland)



Arcuate end moraines in Landsat image (Anadyr, E. Siberia)

Course Content

This module examines geomorphological aspects of the cryosphere, focusing upon landforms and sediments created by ice sheets, glaciers and periglacial processes (past and present). Process-landform relationships will be used to infer past variations of the cryosphere, and identify key research questions for future cold-climate geomorphology.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of typical processes and landforms in glacial and periglacial environments.
  • Research-level understanding of controversies and competing theories.
  • Understanding of how glacial and periglacial evidence can be used to reconstruct past environments.

Lecturers

Dr Iestyn Barr

Skills

Critical analysis of controversies competing theories
Synthesis and summary of l information from a range of academic sources

Pre-requisites

None

Supplementary Notes

None.

Assessment

 Examination (120 minutes)
60%
 Short Paper
40%