This year, the 5-day field trip took place in northern parts of France: the old coalfield area (at the South of Lille) and the coast of Picardy (Baie de Somme).

The objectives of the field trip are to train the students to the following outcomes:

  • Describe the landscape and estimate the main topographical features and geomorphological processes (human and/or anthropogenic) through observation and map analysis;
  • Understand how anthropogenic activities affect the water quality and/or quantity;
  • Identify regional specificities of French culture (language, architecture, land planning, food, etc.).

Here are some pictures shot during the 2018 field trip.

Day 1: Visit of the coalfield area

The coal heap near the city of Loos-en-Gohelle. This anthropogenic feature is the most elevated place in this area (186 m)

The old 11/19 mine shaft (city of Loos-en-Gohelle)

Group picture at the top of the coal heap.

The mining museum (Lewarde)

Day 2: Visit of the French Geological Survey in charge of the post-mining management

Zoom on the map established by the mining companies.

Julie and Tim preparing their group defense.

The students attending Julie & Tim’s talk.

Day 3: Bike & boat tour in Amiens (the relationships between the land planning and the river ‘Somme’)

Group picture along the Somme river.

Sign put the remember the elevation of the 2001 flood.

Boat tour in the ‘Hortillonnages’ (garden marketing area located in the city center of Amiens).

Day 4 – The coastal processes (erosion and excessive deposition) in the Baie de Somme

Landscape view of the southern part of the Baie de Somme. The flat area on the background are reclaimed lands used for agriculture.

Visif of ‘Le Marquenterre’ (wildlife reserve).

Observing birdlife in the Marquenterre reserve.

Day 5 – Management of coastal processes in the Baie de Somme

The pebble cord protecting the city of Cayeux-sur-mer from the sea.