Module Identifier GG31220  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
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 TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written examination50%
Semester Assessment Essay: 2500 word assessed essay30%
Semester Assessment Seminar Presentation: 10 minute seminar presentation10%
Semester Assessment Report: 750 word seminar report10%
Supplementary 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. 

Learning outcomes

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

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


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

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
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
** Consult For Futher Information
Cooke, R.U., Warren, A. and Goudie, A.S (1993) Desert Geomorphology London: University College London Press (pbk). ISBN 18-5728016-4
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


This module is at CQFW Level 6