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GEG6213 Quaternary Palaeoenvironments

Rating: 15 credits

Prerequisites: GEG5206 or GEG5203

Lectures: 9 x 2 hour lectures, semester A
Seminars: - 1 student led seminar
Practicals: - 1 museum visit
Fieldwork: -


  • 2.5 hour Examination (50%)
  • Coursework (50%)

Module convenor: Dr Simon Lewis

Lecturers: Professor David Horne

Aims and objectives:
The module aims to give students an in-depth understanding of selected themes and aspects of current research in Quaternary science. It will explore continuous records of climate and the causes of the changes observed. Set in this framework is a detailed consideration of the European Quaternary palaeoenvironmental record. Patterns of glaciation, river activity, human activity and changes in the biota in Britain and Europe in response to climate forcing will be investigated and the current state of understanding of the correlation of terrestrial and oceanic sequences will be assessed.

Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding:

  • an in-depth understanding of selected themes and aspects of current research in Quaternary science
  • an awareness of the inter-relationships of different components of the Earth's ocean, atmosphere and cryosphere systems
  • an understanding of the current state of knowledge concerning the European Quaternary sequence, its context and correlation with global climate records.


  • an ability to critically evaluate research data and construct reasoned and balanced arguments
  • work independently to an advanced level

Preliminary reading:

  • Lowe, J. J. and Walker, M. J. C. (1997) Reconstructing Quaternary Environments. London: Longman. (Second Edition)
  • Stringer, C. 2006. Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain. Penguin, London.
  • Williams, M. A. and Dunkerley, D.L., De Deckker, P., Kershaw, A. P., and Stokes, T. (1993) Quaternary Environments. London: Edward Arnold
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