NS5303: Ice Age Earth
Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
||Ice Age Earth
||School of Natural and Social Sciences
|Level of Study
This module aims to outline the causes, consequences and evidence for climate change over the past 2.58 Ma. This interval has encompassed 95% of all hominin evolution, observed lengthy icehouse conditions interspersed with brief returns to greenhouse conditions and provides the best analogue for nature‘s role in contemporary climate change.
It builds on the theme of Environmental Change introduced in NS4302 Earth Systems & Processes and provides useful preparation for NS6302 Climate Change.
Global cooling in the Cenozoic Era
Astronomical and internal forcing of climate change
Glacial and interglacial geographies of the Quaternary Period
Field and laboratory measures of environmental change
Quaternary dating methods
Integrated field and laboratory environmental reconstruction exercise
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. Demonstrate awareness of the external and internal mechanisms postulated to govern climate change
2. Display detailed knowledge of competing geographies posited for Quaternary environmental change
3. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the utility of a range of palaeoenvironmental proxies and dating techniques
4. Acquire, analyse, synthesise and contextualise palaeoenvironmental and chronological data for the purposes of reconstruction
5. Act with limited supervision and direction, with a well-developed intellectual and practical independence to study and work
|Learning and Teaching Activities
||Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
|Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide)
||001: 100% Assignment: Individual: 3000 words or equivalent
|Special Assessment Requirements
||The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.
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