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Glaciated Landscape

Systems

Geography field studies glaciation scotland
 
 
 
 
Scotland
 
Fieldwork for our unit on Glaciated Landscape Systems takes place in the stunning scenery of the Coigach Peninsula in North West Scotland. Easily accessed via Inverness airport and a two hour minibus journey, this area offers an unrivalled setting for studying a landscape shaped by ice sheets, valley / corrie glaciers, periglacial and fluvioglacial processes.
A fundamental part of the story that our fieldwork will reveal is using field evidence to distinguish between landforms created by ice-sheets or valley / corrie glaciers, as both have been active in moulding this landscape. We will look at and measure field evidence at a variety of scales from mega-grooves to striae, use sedimentary logging and keys to identify the origin of superficial deposits and ascertain the direction of ice flow from the geological composition of moraines.
Depending on weather, group ability and time it is possible to include a climb to the summit of one of the local mountains (at extra cost) such as Ben More Coigach or Stac Pollaidh.
2 to 3 full days of fieldwork is recommended for this unit with an extra day being required in the field to collect data for NEA projects / SQA assignments.
Further details of the fieldwork here.
 
 
 
Andorra
The Andorran Pyrenees provide the perfect location for geography fieldwork. The weather is reliable, the hotels and transport links are excellent and the glacial landscape is stunning. The itinerary can be tailored to meet your exact requirements but here are two examples, one for GCSE and one for A Level.
Suggested GCSE itinerary.
Day one - coach from the hotel in Soldeu to Port D'Envalira and an introductory walk to Col Blanc at 2500m and an optional continuation to 2700m. Identifying glacial erosional landforms, field sketching and map work skills. Evening session practising compass skills ready for striation study and designing a key for glacial deposit identification.
Day two - coach from the hotel in Soldeu to Port D'Envalira and then walk to La Portella ski area. Studies of glacial striations and moraines to reconstruct directions of past ice movement. Evening session plotting striation data on to rose graphs and maps.
Day three - walk from the hotel in Soldeu to the Incles Valley. Studying traditional landuse of the uplands, biodiversity, soils and sustainability. Walk from Incles Valley to La Tarter ski area to do a comparative study on the ski runs. Evening session to conclude the comparative study and review the field course.
Suggested A Level itinerary
Day one - coach from the hotel in Soldeu to Port D'Envalira and an introductory walk to Col Blanc at 2500m and an optional continuation to 2700m. Identifying glacial erosional landforms, field sketching and map work skills. Evening session practising compass skills ready for striation study and designing a key for glacial and fluvioglacial deposit identification.
Day two - coach from the hotel in Soldeu to Port D'Envalira and then walk to La Portella ski area. Studies of glacial striations and moraines to reconstruct directions of past ice movement. Evening session plotting striation data on to rose graphs and maps.
Day three - walk from the hotel in Soldeu to the Incles Valley. Studying traditional landuse of the uplands, biodiversity, soils and sustainability. Continue the walk up into the hanging valley of Cabana Sorda, explore the corrie, lake, roche moutonees and lateral moraines. Walk back to the hotel. Free evening.
Day four - walk to El Tarter ski area and do a comparative study of biodiversity, soils and sustainability on the ski runs. Coach to Santa Coloma to study the terminal moraine and fluvioglacial deposits. Evening session to follow up on the comparative study of the Incles Valley and El Tarter Ski area. Review the field course.