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Sch of Agri, Geo, Env,Oc&NatSc - Geography, Earth Sc & Envrnmnt


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GE101 Physical Geography: Global Biophysical Environments I/II F/B L/C


Prerequisites: Core Discipline:Year 13, Foundation or equivalent Service Course:Year 12, Preliminary or equivalent
Course Coordinator: Dr Mark Stephens

This course provides an introduction to the study of the Earth's biophysical environment. We begin by considering the Earth's place in the Universe, its origins and development, and the nature and evolution of the Earth's structure. We consider mechanisms of weathering, mass wasting, and denudation that operate to carve the global surface into the spectacular array of landforms that characterise Earth. The course goes on to deal with global atmospherics system and the natural and human-induced changes to which this has been subjected. We consider the behaviour of the hydrological system and the interactions between groundwater, soil moisture and surface water components. Finally, the course deals with biological world, how this has evolved over time, and the role of natural and human factors in shaping its pattern.


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