Resources of the Earth

Department of Earth Sciences, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Code 24275

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester Across both

Module description

The Earth’s physical resources form the basis of modern society in providing the raw materials for almost everything we do, from producing energy for daily needs to making electronic components for industrial and domestic use, and agricultural fertilizers to name but a few. This module focuses on the Earth’s physical resources and covers their formation, distribution, extracted and processing, as well as their use. Environmental and policy related implications for resources use are also considered, with the module effectively spanning the topical areas of resource availability, use and sustainability that span the disciplines of Environmental Science, Geography and Geology.

Teaching and learning methods

17 hours lectures and 5 laboratory exercises (20 hours)