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GE486 Glacial Geology

Course description for academic year 2019/2020

Contents and structure

An introduction to the Quaternary (the last 2.588 mill. years) is presented with focus on how ice sheets and mountain glaciers grow and decline as a consequence of climate change and how the land and sea level have changed. We look at how glacier dynamics work (glaciology) and how glaciers change the landscape (glacial geology). The course also contains a short introduction to permafrost and geomorphological processes in cold regions.

Learning Outcome

After participating in the course, students should have acquired the following:


  • Understand how the land and sea have changed throughout the Quaternary period; have a good understanding of glaciers and types of glaciers; and have good knowledge about how glaciers formed our land.


  • Could walk safely on a glacier.


  • Understand and know glacial landforms and glacial sedimentary deposits.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

The course advances the general knowledge obtained on:

GE-406 Introduction to Geology

Teaching methods

Lectures, fieldwork and ekscursions

Compulsory learning activities

Accepted glacier course and journals from fieldwork and excursions.

Participation on excursions.


Oral exam with preparation. Letter grade.

Examination support material


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