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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Geomorphic Processes: Landforms And Landscapes

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and NPTEL via Swayam


The course introduces the student to basic principles of geomorphology and related geological environment. The modules of this course will help the student to have better understanding towards processes operating in the interior of the earth and also on the earth surface. After this course a student can be well equipped with the knowledge of the different landforms and processes going on in fluvial, glacial, karst, aeolian, coastal terrains. INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG students of Science and Engineering PRE-REQUISITES : Basic course in Earth Sciences INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Any company dealing with Landscape mapping


WEEK 1: Fundamentals of the Earth Surface System and Processes WEEK 2: Interior of Earth, Plate Tectonics and Sea-floor Spreading WEEK 3: The Atmospheric System: Atmospheric composition and mixing, Hydrological cycle, carbon cycle greenhouse effect, Milankovitch Cycles WEEK 4: Fluvial Geomorphology: Drainage basins and river systems, river morphology and hydrology, hydraulic geometry and governing principles of open channel flow WEEK 5: Fluvial Geomorphology (continued): fluvial erosion, sediment transport and depositional landforms, river dynamics. WEEK 6: Aeolian Geomorphology: Atmospheric circulation, wind erosion, sediment transport and depositional landforms. WEEK 7: Glacial Geomorphology: Glacial Basics and Mass Balance; Ice Motion: Deformation, Sliding, and Surging; Glacial Erosional Processes and Landforms; Depositional Glacial Landforms WEEK 8: Karst Geomorphology: KarstErosional Processes and Landforms; Depositional Landforms; Coastal and submarine Geomorphology: Coastal environment, waves, tides and currents. The relative movement ofland and sea, coastal erosion and resulting topographic features, coastal deposition and landfarms

Taught by

Prof. Javed N. Malik



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