River Variability and Complexity

River Variability and Complexity

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Rivers differ among themselves and through time. An individual river can vary significantly downstream, changing its dimensions and pattern dramatically over a short distance. If hydrology and hydraulics were the primary controls on the morphology and behaviour of large rivers, we would expect long reaches of rivers to maintain characteristic and relatively uniform morphologies. In fact, this is not the case - the variability of large rivers indicates that other important factors are involved. River Variability and Complexity presents an interesting approach to the understanding of river variability. It provides examples of river variability and explains the reasons for them, including fluvial response to human activities. Understanding the mechanisms of variability is important for geomorphologists, geologists, river engineers and sedimentologists as they attempt to interpret ancient fluvial deposits or anticipate river behaviour at different locations and through time. This book provides an excellent background for graduates, researchers and professionals.show more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 135 b/w illus.
  • 1139165445
  • 9781139165440

Table of contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Background: 1. Introduction; 2. Types of rivers; 3. Non-regime channels; Part II. Upstream Controls: 4. History; 5. Tectonics and relief; 6. Lithology; 7. Climate: hydrology; 8. Humans; Part III. Fixed Local Controls: 9. Bedrock: alluvium; 10. Tributaries; 11. Active tectonics; 12. Valley morphology; Part IV. Variable Local Controls: 13. Floods; 14. Vegetation; 15. Accidents; Part V. Downstream Controls: 16. Base-level; 17. Length; Part VI. Rivers and Humans: 18. Applications; 19. Some unintended consequences; 20. River impact on ancient civilisations: a hypothesis; References; Index.show more

About Stanley A. Schumm

Dr Schumm is an internationally recognised geormorphologist and author of several books, including the prize-winning The Fluvial System.show more

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