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


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GE205 Physical Environments of the Wet Tropics I F/B L/C*


Prerequisites: : GE101 or ES106
Course Coordinator: Dr Mark Stephens

This is a broad-based physical geography course suitable for second-year undergraduates in Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Science/Studies and related majors. The course has three main components: the terrestrial environment (geomorphology), the aquatic environment (hydrology) and the atmospheric environment (meteorology and climatology). Its particular focus is on rivers and the hydrological cycle; climate extremes in the Pacific, especially the El Nino phenomenon and tropical cyclones; denudation processes on volcanic islands; and the karst geomorphology of limestone islands. Examples will be drawn both from the Pacific Islands and from other environments worldwide. The course emphasises the use of quantitative techniques and the development of numerical skills. A four-day field trip to a remote part of Fiji to investigate tropical island landscapes is an essential (and enjoyable) part of this course.


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