Module Identifier GG31220  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Stephen Tooth  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 Hours 1 x 2 hours  
Assessment Seminar presentation   10 minute seminar presentation   10%  
  Report   500 word seminar report   10%  
  Essay   2500 word assessed essay   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours Written examination   50%  
  Resit assessment   Resubmission of failed coursework component(s) and/or resit of failed end of semester examination. No resit for seminar presentation available, original mark for presentation will be carried forward.    

Brief description

1) The context for dryland geomorphology
Drylands: definition, nature, extent and importance
Climatic and geological frameworks

2) Weathering forms and processes
Weathering agents: insolation, moisture, salt
Weathering products: soils, crusts and varnishes
The role of vegetation

3) Fluvial forms and processes
Slopes and pediments
Alluvial fans and gullies
River channels and floodplains
Wetlands, pans and playas

4) Aeolian forms and processes
Aeolian bedforms, dunefields and sand seas
Aeolian dust

5) Dryland regions: extensions, contractions and change
Cenzoic environmental changes
Human impact and future changes

Module Aims

This module is designed to enable students to gain a conceptual and factual understanding of the major landforms and processes in the world's extensive dryland regions, including an appreciation of how these forms and processes respond to environmental changes.

Module objectives / Learning outcomes

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

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Abrahams, A.D. and Parsons, A.J. (Eds). (1994) Geomorphology of Desert Environments. London: Chapman and Hall ISBN 0-412-444801
Cooke, R.U., Warren A. and Goudie, A.S. (1993) Desert Geomorphology. London: University College London Press ISBN 18-5728017-2
Singhvi, A. and Derbyshire, E. (Eds). (1999) Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction in Arid Lands. New Delhi: Oxford and IBH publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. ISBN 90-5410710-3
Thomas, D.S.G. (Ed.). (1997) Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands. 2nd. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons ISBN 04-7197610-5
Cooke, R.U., Warren, A. and Goudie, A.S. (1993) Desert Geomorphology. London: University College London Press (pbk). ISBN 18-5728016-4