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Fire & Ice: the Cenozoic of Northern England - CED00023M

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  • Department: Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Annette McGrath
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module aims to enable students to contribute effectively to the debate in the field through examining the last 66 million years of Yorkshire geology, during the Cenozoic era.

The module aims to:

  • Discuss the Cenozoic tectonic evolution of northern England
  • Analyse the evidence for Cenozoic igneous activity preserved in northern England and its regional implications
  • Interrogate the evidence for glacial and interglacial periods in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Describe the evolution of the northern English landscape, with a particular focus on the changing palaeoenvironments of the last 2 million years
  • Introduce students to key localities for understanding the Cenozoic history of Yorkshire and northern England, and their regional/global significance.

Module learning outcomes

By the conclusion of the module the student should be able to:

  • Understand the tectonic, igneous and environmental actions that have produced the present day landscapes of northern England
  • Analyse and interpret the effect that glacial and interglacial periods have had on different regions and rock types within Yorkshire and northern England
  • Synthesise the skills and knowledge acquired in previous modules, particularly the Advanced Palaeoenvironmental Analysis module
  • Make judgments on interpretations of Cenozoic geology, informed by explicit, appropriate and critical use of a variety of approaches.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.

The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.

Indicative reading

  • Geological history of Britain and Ireland (2012). Woodcock and Strachan. 2nd edition.
  • British regional geology. Northern England (2010). Stone et al. 5th edition.
  • British regional geology: the Pennines and adjacent areas (2002). Aitkenhead et al. 4th edition.
  • Reconstructing quaternary environments (2015). John Lowe and Mike Walker. EBk
  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology (2003). Myron G. Best. 
  • Fundamentals of geomorphology (2011). / Richard John Huggett. Routledge, London.

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