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Tectonic Geomorphology

Overview

Module description

This module will develop understanding of interactions between the Earth’s geological, physical and chemical processes and landscape evolution. It will show how mountains grow and are destroyed. You will understand how topography influences Earth's climate and where to look in the geological record for evidence of landscape-climate interactions.

Indicative module content

  • Introduction to landscape evolution
  • The role of denudation, uplift and isostasy
  • Reference frames and the use of geomorphic and geodetic markers
  • Applications of relative and absolute dating methods to landscape evolution studies
  • The nature of climate-tectonic interactions
  • Mountain belt evolution
  • Passive margin evolution
  • Short and long term deformation and landscape response
  • Development and application of numerical and analog models

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you should:

  • have learned how landscapes form and evolve
  • understand concepts of feedback systems between geological processes and climate
  • understand the processes and controls that govern landscape evolution.