|Module Title||EARTH SURFACE ENVIRONMENTS|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Paul Brewer|
|Other staff||Dr Giles Brown, Dr Bryn Hubbard|
|Mutually Exclusive||RD15710, RC11510|
|Course delivery||Lecture||20 Hours 1 hr lectures.|
|Assessment||Exam||2 Hours Written exam.||100%|
|Resit assessment||2 Hours Written exam.||100%|
This module provides a valuable introduction to the dynamic process systems operating upon the
Earth's surface. Particular attention is paid throughout to integrating an understanding of
contemporary process with an understanding of contemporary and ancient landforms. A range of
global environments is examined, illustrating their landform assemblages, the process systems
operating in them and the problems encountered when attempting to manage them. The following
lecture outline will be followed during this module:
Lectures 1-2: Global Perspectives
Lectures 3-6: Fluvial environments
Lectures 7-10: Arid environments
Lectures 11-15: Glacial environments and Mega-geomorphology
Lectures 16-20: Periglacial environments and Mountain environments
Aims of the module
To provide an insight into the nature of various earth surface environments.
Module objectives / Learning outcomes
The objectives of this module are summarised as follows:
To provide knowledge and understanding of fundamental geomorphic processes such as erosion, transport and deposition.
To provide factual knowledge on the processes, landforms and management strategies associated with differing environments.
To demonstrate how landscape evolution can be reconstructed, and even predicted, from the observation of contemporary
processes and landforms.
** Recommended Text
Easterbrook, D.J. (1993) Surface Processes and Landforms. Macmillan.
Press, F. and Siever, R.. (1985) Earth.. 4th. W.H. Freeman
Skinner, B.J. and Porter, S.C. (1986) Physical Geology. Wiley
(1991) Global Geomorphology. Longman (Course Text).