Ze0103 Relief and Structure of the Earth

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Peter Mackovčin, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tadeáš Muzikant (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PaedDr. Eduard Hofmann, CSc.
Department of Geography - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Kateřina Brabcová
Supplier department: Department of Geography - Faculty of Education
Wed 10:00–10:50 učebna 50, except Wed 26. 10.
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
Ze0103/01: Mon 17:00–17:50 učebna 10, except Mon 24. 10., P. Mackovčin
Ze0103/02: Mon 16:00–16:50 učebna 62, except Mon 24. 10., P. Mackovčin
Ze0103/03: Mon 14:00–14:50 učebna 50, except Mon 24. 10., P. Mackovčin
Ze0103/04: Mon 13:00–13:50 učebna 56, except Mon 24. 10., P. Mackovčin
Basic school knowledge of rock environment, about basic parameters and forms of relief, as well as work with the map and its content.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim the subject is the presentation of basic scientific knowledge of geology and geomorphology to students. The essential information about the Earths crust, processes of its formation, structure and the introductory rock classification will be provided in geological part of lectures. Main endogenous and exogenous terrain forming processes and land form classes will be treated in the geomorphologic section of the subject. Finally the transfer options for the geological and geomorfological knowledge to the secondary school pupils will be demonstrated. Students are able to distinguish basic rocks, assess their significance for the landscape and identify the types and forms of relief and evaluate them in terms of importance for the formation of landscapes.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course the student will be able to: 1. Describe the basic parameters of the geological structure of the Earth. 2. Know the basic groups of geological processes. 3. Identify the main groups of rocks. 4. Work with a geological map and compile a regional geographical text on the geological structure of the area and its relation to the relief. 5. Know the basic groups of genetic terrain forming processes. 6. Define the hierarchical system of territorial geomorphological objects and processes of their formation. 7. Know the types of Earth surface and describe examples of them using by their characteristic froms. 8. To analyze relief in topographic maps in terms of slope, aspect and relative elevation.
  • 1. Introduction - conditions, structure, basic geomorphological terminology: introduction, Geomorphological terminology, Classification of geomorphology
  • 2. Earth structure: earth body structure, geotectonic hypotheses
  • 3. Motions of continents: lithospheric plates and their interfaces
  • 4. Volcanism and magma: volcanic activity and volcanic relief
  • 5. Ocean floor relief and continental shelf: ocean floor, shapes and earthquakes
  • 6. Fluvial shapes: types of valleys, development of river network, mesoforms of relief
  • 7. Karst, karst, forms and forms of relief: endokras and exokras relief
  • 8. Cryogenic shapes: shapes formed by continental and mountain glaciers
  • 9. Periglacial and aeolian forms: periglacial and aeolian processes in the past and present
  • 10. Structural geomorphology: structural shapes of relief in relation to geological structure
  • 11. Anthropogenic shapes: shapes created by or as a result of human activity
    required literature
  • DEMEK, Jaromír. Obecná geomorfologie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1987. 476 s. URL info
  • CHLUPÁČ, Ivo, Rostislav BRZOBOHATÝ, Jiří KOVANDA and Zdeněk STRÁNÍK. Geologická minulost České republiky (Geological history of the Czech Republic). Praha: Academia Praha, 2002. 436 pp. Ediční číslo 2483. ISBN 80-200-0914-0. info
    recommended literature
  • DEMEK, Jaromír a Jaroslav ZEMAN. Typy reliéfu Země. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1979. 327 s.
  • DEMEK, Jaromír, Peter MACKOVČIN, Břetislav BALATKA, Antonín BUČEK, Martin CULEK, Petr ČERMÁK, Daniel DOBIÁŠ, Marek HAVLÍČEK, Mojmír HRÁDEK, Karel KIRCHNER, Jan LACINA, Tomáš PÁNEK, Petr SLAVÍK, Irena SMOLOVÁ and Jaroslav VAŠÁTKO. Zeměpisný lexikon ČR. Hory a nížiny (Geographical Lexikon of the Czech Republic. Mountains and Lowlands). Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2015. 610 pp. 1. a 2. díl. ISBN 978-80-7509-113-0. info
  • KIRCHNER, Karel and Irena SMOLOVÁ. Základy antropogenní geomorfologie (Fundamentals of anthropogenic geomorphology). Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého Olomouc, 2010. 287 pp. ISBN 978-80-244-2376-0. info
Teaching methods
1. Lectures. 2. Seminars. 3. Independent work.
Assessment methods
Credit requirements: Participation in seminars, submission of four seminar papers and its acceptance. Requirements for the exam: knowledge of basic knowledge to the extent determined by the content of the course according to lectures and recommended literature. The exam consists of a written part (need to obtain 60 % of points) mainly focused on the knowledge and an oral part, which will follow the written part and will focus on the main topics from the syllabus.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
A total of four exercises will be assigned in the seminars. They will be based on work with Internet thematic map sources and a topographic map obtained in electronic or paper form. Exercise topics: 1. Geological structure (source: geology.cz) 2. Quaternary cover (source: geology.cz) 3. Drilling exploration of the area, extraction of raw materials in the past (source: geology.cz) and present (source: existing and forecast deposit areas) 4. Creation of a flow slope in the selected area, longitudinal section through the valley, etc. (source: cuzk, topographic map, DMR5g)
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, autumn 2020, Autumn 2021.
  • Enrolment Statistics (recent)
  • Permalink: https://is.muni.cz/course/ped/autumn2022/Ze0103