Module Identifier GG23710  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Professor Michael J Hambrey  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours 8 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Essay review of 4000 words plus figures and references from a choice of six or more topics.100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay of 4000 words from a choice of six or more topics.100%

Learning outcomes

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



(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.

Transferable skills

1. Each student will be required to produce a research essay to a high professional standard.

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

Reading Lists

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
Hanson, J.D. & Gordon, J.E. (1998) Antarctic Environments and Resources Longman, Harlow, Essex. ISBN 0 582 08127 0
Dowdeswell, J.A. & Hambrey, M.J. (Nov. 2002) Islands of the Arctic Cambridge University Press
Harris, C. & Stonehouse, B. (eds.) Antarctica and Global Climatic Change Belhaven Press, London. ISBN 1 85293 187 6
Walton, D. W. H. (Ed.) (1987) Antarctic Science Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0 521 26233 X
** Recommended Text


This module is at CQFW Level 5