|| EAM1020 |
|| GLACIAL PROCESSES AND PRODUCTS |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Dr Neil F Glasser |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Professor Michael J Hambrey, Dr Poul Christoffersen |
| Course delivery
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 5 Hours Seminar classes |
|| Practical || 5 Hours Practical classes |
|| Other || 20 Hours Field classes |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| Practical exercises (Projects 1&2)||20%|
|Semester Assessment|| Fieldwork: Logging report||25%|
|Semester Assessment|| Fieldwork: Public understanding of science brochure||25%|
|Semester Assessment|| Essay Review (5000 words)||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| Resubmission of all course-work|| |
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Interpret surface features on contemporary glaciers and ice sheets, such as those related to ice dynamics, debris transport and hydrology, using satellite imagery and aerial photography.
2. Interpret the sediment/landform associations in recently deglacierised areas and in the Quaternary record, using satellite imagery and aerial photography.
3. Apply sedimentological principles to the analysis and interpretation of glacigenic sediments, irrespective of age.
4. Demonstrate field skills in sedimentological logging and landform interpretation.
5. Apply their scientific knowledge in the context of public understanding of science by producing an interpretative brochure for public consumption
6. Synthesise information from peer-reviewed journal articles and other scientific literature on a glacial geological/geomorphological topic
The module provides a practical introduction to the use of a variety of techniques in glacial geology and geomorphology. Emphasis is on fieldwork and laboratory work, supported by seminars. Theoretical background will be acquired from written and web-based materials
The module comprises three projects and one essay Report, as follows.
Project 1: Map and satellite interpretation of the Antarctic Ice sheet (Lambert Glacier System)
Project 2: Aerial photograph and satellite interpretation of a region formerly covered by an ice sheet
Project 3: Glacial sedimentological techniques and facies analysis
Fieldwork 1: Introduction to logging and analysis of glacial sediments (half day locally)
Fieldwork 2: Sedimentological logging exercise at key site in West Wales (one day)
Fieldwork 2: Cadair Idris (Llyn y Gadair); evaluation and mapping of glacial landforms for public understanding of science brochure (one day)
Essay Review: With reference to case studies, the essay will be concerned with an in-depth literature-based analysis of a topical glacial geological or geomorphological issue.
** Recommended Text
Benn, D. I. and Evans, D.J.A. (1998) Glaciers and Glaciation.
Bennett, M.R. and Glasser, N.F. (1996) Glacial Geology: Ice Sheets and Landforms.
John Wiley, Chichester.
Hambrey, M.J. (1994) Glacial Environments.
This module is at CQFW Level 7