Module Identifier GG23710  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Michael Hambrey  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours 5 x 2 hours; current issues  
  Seminars / Tutorials   Two or three 3-hour sessions: 'mini-conference' comprising talks and posters by students.  
Assessment Continuous assessment   Essay of 2500 words plus figures and references from a choice of six topics.   100%  
  Resit assessment   2 hour written examination.   100%  

Transferable skills

1. Each student will be required to contribute to group-prepared talks, and deliver their findings to the whole class. Poster presentations will encourage students to prepare work to a high professional standard, and allow them to demonstrate their design skills. Written communication will be tested mainly in the examination.

2. Personal and group initiative will be encouraged. Students will be asked to choose their own polar topic and search out relevant material, although staff will be willing to provide some guidance. Some suitable materials can be down-loaded from the module

3. Central to the poster presentation is working as a team (say 2 to 4 people). Each group will need to identify their own responsibilities.

4. Other transferable skills include use of bibliographic databases, use of Internet to examine work of polar organisations, computer-based presentation of poster materials and scientific synthesis.

Module outline

(See website for major themes and basic factual material)

1. Introduction
(i) Arctic/Antarctic contrasts
(ii) Historical background and exploration
(iii) Importance of polar regions

2. Geological evolution:
(i) Arctic (northward drift and tectonic fragmentation)
(ii) Antarctic (long-term polar positioning and the core of Gondwana)
   (iii) Evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet

3. Present-day environments
(i) The cryosphere (glaciers and sea ice; the periglacial zone)
(ii) The geosphere (earth surface processes)
4. Polar politics and environmental management

5. Role of Polar regions in global environmental change (climatic change; sea level fluctuations; atmospheric pollution.

6. Economic resources

NB. The arrangement of topics is not necessarily indicative of the final balance of this module. Note also that the lecture sessions are intended to provide supplementary material on special themes, to support the core material which is on the module website.

Module Aims

Module objectives / Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:-

Reading Lists

Hanson, J.D. & Gordon, J.E.. (1998) Antarctic Environments and Resources. Longman, Harlow, Essex. ISBN 0 582 08127 0
Sugden, D.. (1982) Arctic and Antarctic - a Modern Geographical Synthesis. Blackwell, Oxford ISBN 0-631-13613-4
Armstrong, T., Rogers, G. & Rowley, G.. (1978) The Circumpolar North. Methuen & Co., London ISBN 0-416-16930-9
Laws, R.. (1989) Antarctica - The Last Frontier. Boxtree Ltd., London ISBN 1-85283-247-9
Walton, D. W. H. (Ed.). (1987) Antarctic Science. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0 521 26233 X
Harris, C. & Stonehouse, B. (eds.). Antarctica and Global Climatic Change. Belhaven Press, London. ISBN 1 85293 187 6