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Date published: November 10, 2016

Students enjoy spectacular scenery on Swiss field trip

A group of second year students visited three glaciers and two glacial lakes on a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip to the breath-taking town of Zermatt in Switzerland.

The Geography (BSc) and Environmental Management (BSc) students were able to transform what they had learned in the classroom into reality, while studying high mountain environments, the little ice age, glacier hydrology and fluvial-glacial river systems within the spectacular landscape of Zermatt.

The mountain resort lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak and is a popular destination for tourists in search of spectacular scenery, skiing, climbing and hiking.

Geography student Zak D’Amelio said: “The trip really engaged myself and the other students with the topic. I feel that there is no better place to learn about our changing planet, it is also just a beautiful location”, while Harry Wagg, also from the Geography course, summed up the trip as being ‘an informative experience as well as being very enjoyable at the same time’.

Previously led by the late Professor David Collins as part of his 40 year student-led research project on the Alpine Glacier Project, this trip was led by Dr Neil Entwistle.

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