• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr John Field
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
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This course is currently not being offered.

The earth's surface and its landforms are continually changing as a result of erosion and sedimentation, both slow and catastrophic, governed by interactions between climate, biota and tectonic movements. Beginning with the origins of mountain belts, continental-scale lands of low relief, and island chains, the course shows how landforms ranging from mountains to rivers evolve through regolith and soil formation, erosion and sediment transport. The influence of geologic substrates, climate, biota and tectonics on these processes are examined, drawing on contrasting landscapes including those of arid Australia, cool temperate and tectonically active New Zealand and tropical, mountainous Papua New Guinea. Methods are introduced for measuring soil and regolith formation, erosion rates and other geomorphologic processes, including intermittent natural hazards such as landslides and tsunamis. Particular attention is paid to the impacts of climatic shifts such as those of the ice ages, and the effects of human colonisation.

This course is held in Summer Session from 9-17 February 2013.

Indicative Assessment

  • Practical class reports (25%)
  • Written assignment (25%)
  •  Research essay (50%)

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Summer session 1-12 February 2016.  3 hours lectures (mornings); 3 hours practical (afternoons); and field excursion (2 all-day trips).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS3026

Preliminary Reading

To be advised.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1354 01 Feb 2016 02 Feb 2016 05 Feb 2016 12 Feb 2016 In Person N/A

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