Physical Geography: Global Biophysical Environments

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical Geography: Global Biophysical Environments

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Natural Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course provides an introduction to the study of the Earth's biophysical environment. We begin by considering the Earth's place in the Universe, its origins and development, and the nature and evolution of the Earth's structure. Particular stress is laid on the internal composition and internal processes of the Earth and how these interact to produce global-scale relief. We consider the mechanisms of weathering, mass wasting and denudation that operate to carve the global surface into the spectacular array of landforms that characterise the Earth. We deal with the global atmospheric system and the natural and human-induced changes to which this has been subjected. We consider the behaviour of the hydrological system and the interactions between its groundwater, soil moisture and surface water components. Finally, we deal with the biological world, how this has evolved over time and the role of natural and human factors in shaping its pattern.

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