- Code ENVS6312
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
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.
- Practical class reports (25%)
- Written assignment (25%)
- Research essay (50%)
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This course is currently not being offered. 3 hours lectures (mornings); 3 hours practical (afternoons); and field excursion (2 all-day trips).
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