Key Concepts in Geomorphology

Key Concepts in Geomorphology


By (author) Paul R. Bierman, By (author) David R. Montgomery


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  • Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 500 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 274mm x 20mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 12 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1429238607
  • ISBN 13: 9781429238601
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 831,793

Product description

Written for introductory geomorphology courses, "Key Concepts in Geomorpholog"y offers an integrative, applications-centered approach to the study of the Earth s dynamic surface. Bierman and Montgomery draw from the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics to help students get a basic understanding of Earth surface processes and the evolution of topography over short and long timescales. The authors also hone in on practical applications, showing how scientists are using geomorphological research to tackle critical societal issues (natural disaster response, safer infrastructure, protecting species, and more)."

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Author information

Paul Bierman is professor of Geology and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, USA. His research and teaching expertise focus on the interaction of people and Earths dynamic surface. His research includes tracing the history of the Greenland Ice sheet over the last million years and creating the first record of storminess and erosion that extended back over the last 10,000 years in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. David R. Montgomery is a professor at the University of Washington, USA.

Table of contents

PART I: GEOMORPHOLOGY AND ITS TOOLS 1. Earth's Dynamic Surface 2. Geomorphologist's Tool Kit PART II: SOURCE TO SINK 3. Weathering and Soils 4. Geomorphic Hydrology 5. Hillslopes 6. Channels 7. Drainage Basins 8. Coastal and Submarine Geomorphology PART III: ICE, WIND, AND FIRE 9. Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology 10. Wind as a Geomorphic Agent 11. Volcanic Geomorphology PART IV: THE BIGGER PICTURE 12. Tectonic Geomorphology 13. Geomorphology and Climate 14. Landscape Evolution