Landscape Evolution in the United States

Landscape Evolution in the United States : An Introduction to the Geography, Geology, and Natural History

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Landscape Evolution in the United States is an accessible text that balances interdisciplinary theory and application within the physical geography, geology, geomorphology, and climatology of the United States. Landscape evolution refers to the changing terrain of any given area of the Earth's crust over time. Common causes of evolution (or geomorphology-land morphing into a different size or shape over time) are glacial erosion and deposition, volcanism, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, sediment transport into rivers, landslides, climate change, and other surface processes. The book is divided into three main parts covering landscape components and how they are affected by climactic, tectonic and ocean systems; varying structural provinces including the Cascadia Volcanic Arc and California Transpressional System; and the formation and collapse of mountain systems.

The vast diversity of terrain and landscapes across the United States makes this an ideal tool for geoscientists worldwide who are researching the country's geological evolution over the past several billion years.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 218.44 x 287.02 x 20.32mm | 1,519.53g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0123977991
  • 9780123977991
  • 1,530,002

Table of contents

Part I - Keys to Understanding Landscape Evolution

The Tortoise and the Hare
Component: The Rock/Sediment Type
Component: The Structural Form
Mechanisms That Impart Change to Landscape
Forcing Variable: The Tectonic System
Forcing Variable: The Climatic System
Forcing Variables: Sea Level and Isostasy
Interaction of Tectonics, Climate, and Time Part II - Structural Provinces
Unconsolidated Sediment
Nearly Flat-Lying Sedimentary Layers
Crystalline-Cored Mid-Continent Anticlines and Domes
Foreland Fold and Thrust Belts
Crystalline Deformation Belts
Young Volcanic Rocks of the Cordillera
Normal Fault-Dominated Landscapes
Cascadia Volcanic Arc System
California Transpressional System
The Story of the Grand Canyon
Part III - Mountain Building

Early Theories on the Origin of Mountain Belts
Keys to the Interpretation of Geological History
Tectonic Style, Rock Successions, and Tectonic Provinces
Formation, Collapse, and Erosional Decay of Mountain Systems
The Appalachian Orogenic Belt: An Example of Compressional Mountain Building
The Cordilleran Orogenic Belt
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"This text is written for first-semester university students and for general readers curious about the landscapes they live in or travel through in the United States."-- Reference and Research Book News, August 2013
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"This text is written for first-semester university students and for general readers curious about the landscapes they live in or travel through in the United States."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013
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About Joseph A. DiPietro

Joseph A. DiPietro is Professor of Geology at the University of Southern Indiana. His research interests are in the fields of structural geology, tectonics, and metamorphism. He has been on the faculty at University of Southern Indiana since 1991 where he teaches Physical Geology, Landscapes and Geology of North America, Mineralogy, Structural Geology, and Tectonics. Most of his research has been on the tectonics of the Pakistan Himalaya where he mapped along the suture zone that separates India from Asia. He has also worked for the New York State Geological Survey mapping in the Adirondack Mountains and for the Idaho Geological Survey mapping in the Clearwater Mountains. He has also conducted mapping and research in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
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