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Geomorphology of desert environments

Author: A J Parsons; A D Abrahams
Publisher: [New York] : Springer, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This reference book is comprehensive in its coverage of the geomorphology of desert environments, and is arranged thematically. It begins with an overview of global deserts, proceeds through treatments of weathering, hillslopes, rivers, piedmonts, lake basins and aeolian surfaces, and concludes with a discussion of climatic change.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A J Parsons; A D Abrahams
ISBN: 9781402057182 1402057180
OCLC Number: 370386457
Description: xviii, 831 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm
Contents: Part One - Introduction. 1. Geomorphology of Desert Environments. 2. Global deserts: a geomorphic comparison.- Part Two - Weathering. 3. Weathering Processes and Forms. 4. Aridic Soils, patterned ground and desert pavements. 5. Duricrusts. 6. Rock varnish in deserts.- Part Three - Hillslopes. 7. Rock slopes. 8. Rock-mantled slopes. 9. Badlands. 10. The role of vegetation.- Part Four - Rivers. 11. Catchment and channel hydrology. 12. Channel processes and forms.- Part Five - Piedmonts. 13. Piedmonts in arid environments. 14. Alluvial fan processes and forms.- Part Six - Lake Basins. 15. Semi-arid lake basins: hydrographic patterns. 16. Semi-arid lake basins: geomorphic patterns.- Part Seven - Aeolian Surfaces. 17. Aeolian sand transport. 18. Dune morphology and dynamics. 19. The transport and deposition of dust. 20. Landforms of aeolian erosion.- Part Eight - Climatic change. 21. Rock varnish as evidence of climatic change. 22. Hillslopes as evidence of climatic change. 23. River landforms and sediments: evidence of climatic change. 24. The role of climatic change in alluvial fan development. 25. Geomorphic evidence of climatic change from desert-basin palaeolakes. 26. Palaeoclimatic interpretations from desert dunes and sediments. 27. Palaeoclimatic interpretations from archaeological sites. 28. Cenozoic climatic change in deserts: a synthesis.
Responsibility: edited by Anthony J. Parsons and Athol D. Abrahams.

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