The aims of this module are to examine in detail the climate and environments associated with the Quaternary era (last 2 million years), focusing in particular on the period following the Last Glacial Maximum. You will examine the processes, products and controls on landform development during this time period. The module also explores the causes of Quaternary climate changes, and its manifestations on environmental systems and discusses the proxy records for Quaternary environmental change including deep sea cores, ice cores, lakes, glacial sediments and loess. Dating techniques are outlined and discussed. A fieldtrip will take place to some of the classic Quaternary sites in Cornwall and Devon.