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GEOG3020 Glaciers and Glaciation

Module Overview

To investigate the modern research into glacial processes, to investigate analytical approaches to test contemporary controversial problems and to show how these processes formed the present day landscape

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Know and understand the terminology, nomenclature and classification systems used in glaciology, glacial sedimentology and Quaternary Science
  • Analyse critically literature in glaciology and glacial sedimentology
  • Assess the merits of contrasting theories and explanations
  • Abstract and synthesise information from a range of different geological/geographical/marine science sources
  • Analyse and critically interpret primary and secondary geographical/geological/marine science data.
  • Structure conceptual and empirical geographical/geological/marine science material into a reasoned argument
  • Know and understand the nature of change in glacial environments
  • Know and understand past, present and future variability in glacial environments, with in-depth competence and detailed knowledge of specific local contexts
  • Know and understand the influence of special and temporal scale upon glaciological processes
  • Know and understand the theory, acquisition, analysis and interpretation of environmental data across a range of glacial applications
  • Pursue knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way.
  • Produce fluent and comprehensive written reports on complex topics.
  • Give oral presentations that are clearly structured and sustain the interest of the audience.
  • Collect, analyse and understand data in glaciology and glacial sedimentology, suing laboratory and computer techniques


This module looks at glacial processes and the glaciations of the Ice Age (Quaternary) and the relationship between glaciers and climate change. The following topics are covered: basic glaciology, mass balance, glacial erosion and deposition, glaciers moving over a deformable bed, glaciomarine sedimentation and glacial surges. We also look at the techniques used to identify glacial sediments, till fabric analysis, facies logs, micromorphology. These ideas are brought together to investigate the past, present and future glaciations.

Learning and Teaching

Independent Study120
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 50%
Exam 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: GEOG1002

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