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On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
- Describe and discuss the nature and causes of global climatic change particularly during the Quaternary Period.
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of palaeoclimate data sources including climatic proxies available from ice- and marine- cores used in the study of Quaternary climate.
- Explain the formation of glacial ice masses and describe the structure and movement patterns of a modern ice sheet such as Antarctica or Greenland.
- Relate the formation of glacial landforms e.g. moraines, eskers, drumlins, outwash to ice mass structures and processes.
- Account for the formation of sediment types (lithofacies) associated with glacial erosion and depositional processes including glaciofluvial sediments and tills.
- Apply appropriate Glacial Landsystem models to the classification of glacial landforms and landscapes.