Lifelong learning – 15 credits, Course code GG1008
Start Spring term period 1
Language: Swedish


A course where you learn that deserts are not just sand and extreme heat, deserts are also found in polar areas. You will gain knowledge on how and why deserts are formed, about the desert landscape, geological evolution and deserts future, and how animals, plants and humans have adapted to survive in these extreme environments.

Course Director
Otto HermelinOtto Hermelin
Department of Geological Sciences

Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm


Admission requirements

General entry requirements.

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The course is given every second year during the spring term (2015, 2017, etc) – with approximately 10 evening lectures.

Please visit the course's Swedish page for the schedule

Course literature

J. Laity, 2008.
Deserts and desert environments.
John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781577180333

Course material

Please visit the course's Swedish page for the course material


Field trip to the southwestern United States. For more information about the field trip visit the course's Swedish page.


is based on a written assessment at the end of the course, a field trip report (or equivalent) and a seminar assignment. Assessment criteria are:
A = Excellent
B = Very good
C = Good
D = Satisfactory
E = Sufficient
Fx = Insufficient
F = Entirely insufficient

The assessment criteria will be outlined at the start of the course. To pass the course, a minimum grade E is necessary
Department of Geological Sciences
Svante Arrhenius väg 8, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden | Phone: +46 (0)8 16 20 00 | Web administrator ines.jakobsson[at]
In case of emergency call (08) 16 22 16 or (08) 16 42 00