Z0051 Geomorphology

Faculty of Science
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
2/2. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. RNDr. Zdeněk Máčka, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Zdeněk Máčka, Ph.D.
Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. RNDr. Zdeněk Máčka, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Basic knowledge of geomorphology from the course Z0026 Physical geography is assumed.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the lecture is:
a) outline the fundamental concepts, theories and paradigms of geomorphology;
b) explain the functioning of geomorphic processes (exogenic, endogenic);
c) give an overview of the various groups of landforms, their apppearance and genesis;
d) introduce the fundamental methods of geomorphological research.
The course is devoted to the general problematics of subaerial geomorphology of continents.
Learning outcomes
Students gain following skills in the course:
- recognise the various landforms in the landscape and explain their genesis,
- explain the functioning of general as well as specific geomorphological processes (exogenic, endogenic),
- assess the potential impact of geomorphic processes on the human society.
  • 1. Introduction to geomorphology
  • 2. Large scale tectonic landforms (tectonic landscapes)
  • 3. Small scale tectonic landforms
  • 4. Weathering landforms
  • 5. Hillslopes
  • 6. Fluvial landforms
  • 7. Periglacial landforms
  • 8. Glacial landforms
  • 9. Dating of landforms
  • 10. Interaction of endogenic and exogenic processes
  • 11. Long term landscape development
  • 12. Quaternary landscape development
    required literature
  • HUGGETT, Richard John. Fundamentals of geomorphology. London: Routledge, 2003. 386 s. : i. ISBN 0-415-24146-4. info
    recommended literature
  • BIERMAN, Paul R. and David R. MONTGOMERY. Key concepts in geomorphology. Second edition. Austin: Macmillan Learning, 2014. xiii, 526. ISBN 9781319059804. info
  • SUMMERFIELD, M. A. Global geomorphology : an introduction to the study of landforms. Harlow: Pearson Prentice Hall, 1991. xiv, 537. ISBN 0582301564. info
  • DEMEK, Jaromír. Obecná geomorfologie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1988. 476 s. : i. info
  • RUBÍN, Josef and Břetislav BALATKA. Atlas skalních a půdních tvarů. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1986. 385 s. info
    not specified
  • Encyclopedia of geomorphology. Edited by Andrew Goudie. London: Routledge, 2004. xxx, 578. ISBN 0415327377. info
Teaching methods
Field trip to localities of tors and cryoplanation terraces - geomorphological mapping, geodetic surveying, Schmidt hammer measurements, sedimentological analysis of coarse grained slope sediments.
Assessment methods
The final grade is a product of three semestral written tests, oral exam and as the case may be of other activity (extra points are assigned for presentation of scientific paper to other students).
Presumptions for granting the credit:
- submitting report from team field work and data processing
- passing tests and exam
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2008 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Spring 2000, Spring 2001, Spring 2002, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, spring 2012 - acreditation, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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