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Nine Strong Dissertation Topic Ideas In Physical Geography

If you are in higher education then at some point you will almost certainly have to write a dissertation, particularly if you’re studying geography. Before you can start the work you will obviously need to think of a title; however, this is often easier said than done. In order to give you a bit of assistance when it comes to settling on a topic that you want to write about, the following provides some information and ideas.

Ask yourself what physical geographical features you are most interested in writing about

Firstly, it can be good idea to decide what geographical feature you want to write about. It may be that you are specialising in a particular field, such as volcanoes, rivers, or mountains. If you’re not specialising in a particular geographical feature then it can be good idea to try and think which physical area you find most appealing and would enjoy writing about most of all, as well as considering any financial requirements that may be required where comes to researching these features, and whether or not your preferred topic would therefore be suitable or not based on research costs.

See what other people have written about your chosen area of specialism in the past

If you are specialising in a particular area then you may choose to look at past papers that other students have written in order to get a feel for what topics have been popular in the past. Equally, you may choose to look at some of the suggestions listed below:

  • A case study of the Icelandic volcanic eruption and how it impacted upon air travel
  • An analysis of how the Niagara falls were created
  • A case study of the movement of a major glacier over the past five decades
  • A study of how Everest and other mountains have been measured over the years
  • Comparing the world’s longest rivers and identifying what claims each one has to being to longest river on the planet
  • The creation of new islands: how they are formed and can their formation be predicted
  • What do we know about the deepest part of the world’s ocean and how is improving technology helping us to understand more about the environment down there?
  • Which parts of the world are most at risk of rising sea levels?
  • A study of the vegetation in areas with extreme daily and annual temperature fluctuations