Student fieldwork opportunities in macrotidal estuaries: Quaternary geoscience examples from the Severn Estuary, UK.

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Professor Simon K. Haslett of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching of the University of Wales, Newport's, presentation to the Atlantic Geoscience Society Colloquium, 6th February 2010, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Student fieldwork opportunities in macrotidal estuaries: Quaternary geoscience examples from the Severn Estuary, UK.

  1. 1. Student fieldwork opportunities in macrotidal estuaries: Quaternary geoscience examples from the Severn Estuary, UK. Professor Simon K. Haslett Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Presentation to the Atlantic Geoscience Society Colloquium, 6 th February 2010, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
  2. 2. (source: Allen & Haslett, 2002)
  3. 3. Fieldwork Opportunities <ul><li>Palaeogeography </li></ul><ul><li>Pleistocene deposits </li></ul><ul><li>Holocene deposits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Palaeoenvironmental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archaeological </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Modern environments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geomorphology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biogeography </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hydrodynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal defence </li></ul>Undergraduate student group assembled at Severn View (on the south shore) to examine the geographical context of the Severn Estuary (view towards north).
  4. 4. Palaeogeography (source: Allen, 2002) Gold Cliff Island
  5. 5. Pleistocene deposits (photo: Sian Andrews)
  6. 6. Holocene deposits 1 (photo: Sian Andrews) (photo: Sian Andrews)
  7. 7. Holocene deposits 2
  8. 8. Coring in the Severn Levels.
  9. 9. Modern environments 1
  10. 10. Modern environments 2 (photo: Sian Andrews)
  11. 11. Modern environments 3
  12. 12. Hydrodynamics
  13. 13. Coastal defence and flooding Evidence of a coastal flood in 1607 at Redwick Church, Gwent
  14. 14. Fieldwork logistics e.g. <ul><li>Access and Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation </li></ul>
  15. 15. Conclusion <ul><li>Student fieldwork opportunities in the Severn Estuary, UK: </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-cursor landscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Quaternary deposits, exposures and sequences </li></ul><ul><li>Modern surfaces, landforms and environment </li></ul><ul><li>Coastal management </li></ul><ul><li>Application to other macrotidal regions, such as the Bay of Fundy, Canada </li></ul><ul><li>But need to consider logistics of working in these areas. </li></ul>
  16. 16. References <ul><li>Allen, J. R. L., 2002. Later Quaternary stratigraphy and environmental change, Severn Estuary Levels: a field guide to Gold Cliff Island and Oldbury Flats. In: S. K. Haslett (ed.) IGCP 437 Coastal environmental change during sea-level highstands: a field guide to the Severn Estuary and Somerset Levels . Bath Spa University Occasional Papers in Geography, No. 2, pp. 1-13. </li></ul><ul><li>Allen, J. R. L & Haslett, S. K., 2002. Buried salt marsh edges and tide-level cycles in the mid Holocene of the Caldicot Level (Gwent), Wales. The Holocene , 12, 303-324. </li></ul>

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