91149 Geological Processes6cp; 2–4hpw (2hrs lecture, 2hrs computer sessions, compulsory field trip)
Requisite(s): 35101 Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems OR 68041 Physical Aspects of Nature OR 68101 Foundations of Physics OR 37131 Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems
The evolution of the Earth's environment is a dynamic process that influences the way we live our lives. Landscape changes over time have been, and continue to be, the catalyst for population migration, abundance, decline and adaptation of species. Understanding landscape processes is an integral part of our future as we respond to environmental changes which have the potential to affect the places we live and the food we grow. Respect for, and understanding of, environmental processes provide an essential foundation for a career in science. This knowledge allows us to contextualise our work.
In this subject, students investigate the link between landforms and the processes by which they are created and change. The subject explores interactions between the hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere that drive these landscape forming, or geomorphologic, processes. It examines how plant and animal adaptations are defined by both ancient and contemporary processes acting on landscapes and their abiotic components, thereby linking geology and biodiversity. This continuous impact of geological processes on landscapes is examined during an environmental geology field trip to the New South Wales coast. The subject offers a practical, hands-on approach to map reading and the construction of distribution maps as well developing theses on animal and plant distributions and presenting results using modern communication tools.
Autumn session, City campus
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- Subject EFTSL: 0.125