Earth Systems


This module explores the Earth as a system of interconnected geological processes.  Focus is placed on fundamental aspects of Earth Sciences and how knowledge of these underpins understanding of the overall Earth system.  Major themes are 1. Earth in Context, 2. Earth’s Mineral Wealth, 3. Geochemistry, 4. Sedimentary Processes & Rocks and 5. Climates of the Past.  Within each of these broad themes important research questions are addressed and unpacked by working from first principles, thus instigating the transition of students into researchers.  Both the specific themed content within this module and the overall systems approach provide a foundation for later LI and LH/M modules.


Lectures, practicals (CTL: dry lab, wet lab) and independent learning


  • January multiple choice exam(s) (for Earth in Context + Mineral Wealth) (25%)
  • Summer multiple choice exam(s) (for Sedimentary Processes + Climates of the Past) (25%)
  • Geochemistry: 4 x three-page laboratory practical write-ups (40%); 5 x pre and post-lab quizzes (10%)