Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers the causes and effects of climate changes, particularly during the Quaternary (last 2 million years), and discusses the impacts of these changes on the evolution of the Earth's landscape and on the people inhabiting it. Fundamental questions are discussed, including concepts of deposition and erosion in the landscape and the stratigraphic record, the onset of aridity in Australia, and the impact of people and tectonism (earth movement) on the landscape. In addition, the soils and regolith (weathered material) on the Earth's surface are described, along with the chemical and physical processes responsible for their formation, including the relation to climate history.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects GEO2EGL, GEO3EGL, ENV2EGL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is co-taught with ENV2EGL, but uses higher order marking criteria than in ENV2EGL.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClimate changeRecommendedBurroughs, W.J.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2001
ReadingsGlobal geomorphologyRecommendedSummerfield, M. A.LONGMAN 1991.
ReadingsQuaternary environmentsRecommendedWilliams, M. A. J.EDWARD ARNOLD 1993.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Webb

Class requirements

Field Trip
One 1.0 days field trip per study period and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Laboratory\practical reports (equiv to 1500-words)40
and one excursion assignment (equiv. to 500-words)10
one 3-hour examination50