Module Identifier GG30320  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Bryn P Hubbard  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Bryn P Hubbard, Professor Michael J Hambrey  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours 8 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours 2 x 2 hours  
  Practical   2 x 1 day fieldwork at weekend. Transport costs to be shared by students.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Seminar Report maximum 2000 words plus figures  30%
Semester Assessment Fieldwork Report maximum 2000 words plus figures  40%
Semester Assessment Seen Extended Essay maximum 3000 words plus figures and references from a choice of topics  30%
Supplementary Assessment Seminar Report  30%
Supplementary Assessment Fieldwork Report  40%
Supplementary Assessment Seen Extended Essay. Students will be required to resubmit failed semester assignments  30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. appreciate the physical relationships between climate, glacier extent and the record of those glaciers in the Earth's sedimentary record;

2. describe and explain processes of glacier motion and the relationships between that motion and the form and character of glacigenic sediments;

3. view the functioning of glaciers as dynamic, hydrological, land-forming systems.


1. The Earth's glacial sedimentary record

2. Seminar 1

3. Seminar 2

4. Glacier formation and mass balance

5. Glacier motion processes

6. Glacier deformation and structure

7. Meltwater generation, transport and delivery

8. Glacial sedimentary processes

9. Surge-type Glaciers I: processes

10. Surge-type Glaciers II: landforms


The module aims to provide a thorough training in the physical operation of glaciers and the interrelationships between that operation and processes of sediment entrainment, transport and deposition. Understanding the latter requires a keen knowledge of the Earth's glacial-sedimentary record. Much of the module will therefore be presented in relation to real world examples and the module will include a strong fieldwork component. Specific objectives of the course involve developing a firm understanding of:

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Benn, D. and Evans, D (1998) Glaciers and Glaciation Arnold
Bennett, M.R. and Glasser, N.F (1996) Glacial Geology: Ice Sheets and Landforms Wiley
Paterson, W.S.B (1994) The Physics of Glaciers 3rd. Pergamon Press, Elsevier Science, Oxford


This module is at CQFW Level 6