Key Concepts in Geomorphology

Key Concepts in Geomorphology

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Written for introductory geomorphology courses this textbook offers an integrative, applications-centred 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).

Exceptionally concise and community vetted, each chapter is focused specifically on key concepts and underlying principles rather than regional or local examples. The book's philosophy emerged from a National Academy of Sciences workshop on the future of the textbook and the table of contents was determined by over 60 geomorphologists gathered to identify core concepts and areas of common interest that future geomorphologists need to know.
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  • Paperback | 500 pages
  • 213.36 x 274.32 x 20.32mm | 975.22g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 500 p.
  • 1429238607
  • 9781429238601
  • 451,659

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.
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About David R. Montgomery

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.
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