Lorca Field Class

Year 2 – ENVS 228

This field class takes place at the beginning of 2nd Year. It builds on the field class programme established at 1st Year by giving students the chance to undertake field work and collect data in a completely different environment. By taking students to Lorca, in the south of Spain, students learn how physical geography processes operate in very different ways in a dry, arid environment than they do in the temperate climate of the UK which they will have studied at first year. 

Students examine a variety of semi-arid environment landforms and processes, including arroyos, rivers, gulleys and water channels which are only water-filled during times of heavy rain. Students further explore the effects of this lack of rainfall on soil and slope stability, and work in small groups on a report based on their findings, as well as an individual essay.