Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
GG10610 or DA10610 preferred.

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 Hours. 10 x 2 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written exam. Answer two questions from four.  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Unseen written exam. Answer two questions from four.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Identify the dominant erosional and depositional processes operating in glacial environments
  • Explain how these processes interact to produce landforms and landscapes
  • Record geomorphological and sedimentological information
  • Determine the climatic controls on the development of landforms and sediments
  • Assess the role played by ice sheets in global change
  • Explain how cold climate indicators are preserved in the geological record


The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to glacial environments and to the processes, landforms and sediments that occur in these areas.


Students will be introduced to the main types of glacial settings, and to the dominant landform- and sediment-forming processes that are found in these areas. Topics covered include glacier mass balance, glacier motion and velocity, glacier hydrology, glacial erosion and sedimentation, and an introduciton to the glacial geomorphology of Wales. This module will make use of case studies to introduce students to the most recent published literature and current debates in the field. Each session will consist of a lecture, followed by discussion of a case study related to the topic of that lecture.

Reading List

General Text
Benn, D. and Evans, D (1998) Glaciers and Glaciation Arnold, London, 734 pp. paperback. #24.99. Primo search Bennett, M.R. and Glasser, N.F (2009) Glacial Geology: Ice Sheets and Landforms Second Edition John Wiley, Chichester, 400pp, paperback. Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5