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Key concepts in geomorphology

Author: Paul R Bierman; David R Montgomery; University of Vermont.; University of Washington.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.H. Freeman and Company Publishers : A Macmillan Higher Education Company, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Written for introductory geomorphology courses, Key Concepts in Geomorphology 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul R Bierman; David R Montgomery; University of Vermont.; University of Washington.
ISBN: 9781429238601 1429238607
OCLC Number: 868029499
Description: xiv, 494, T1, I21 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
Contents: Part I. Geomorphology and its tools: 1. Earth's dynamic surface --
Introduction --
Geosphere --
Hydrosphere --
Landscapes --
Unifying concepts --
A brief history of geomorphology --
2. Geomorphologist's tool kit --
Introduction --
Characterizing Earth's surface --
Relative dating methods --
Numerical dating methods --
Measuring rates of geomorphic processes --
Experiments --
Proxy Records --
Part II. Source to sink: 3. Weathering and soils --
Introduction --
Physical weathering --
Chemical weathering --
Soils --
Soils and landscapes --
Weathering-dominated landforms --
4. Geomorphic hydrology --
Introduction --
Precipitation --
Groundwater Hydrology --
Surface water hydrology --
Hydrologic landforms --
5. Hillslopes: Introduction --
Slope-forming materials --
Diffusive processes --
Mass movements --
Slope stability --
Slope morphology --
6. Channels --
Introduction --
External controls of fluvial processes and form --
Fluvial processes --
Sediment transport --
Channel patterns --
Channel-reach morphology --
Floodplains --
Channel response --
7. Drainage basins --
Introduction --
Basin-scale processes --
Channel networks and basin morphology --
Uplands to lowlands --
Drainage basin landforms --
8. Coastal and submarine geomorphology --
Introduction --
Coastal settings and devices --
Coastal processes and landforms --
Marine settings and drivers --
Marine landforms and processes --
Part III. Ice, wind, and fire: 9. Glacial and periglacial geomorphology --
Introduction --
Glaciers --
Subglacial sediment transport and deposition --
Glacial landscapes, landforms, and deposits --
Periglacial environments and landforms --
10. Wind as a geomorphic agent --
Introduction --
Air as a fluid --
Spatial distribution of wind-driven geomorphic processes --
Aeolian processes --Aeolian features, landforms, and deposits --
11. Volcanic geomorphology --
Introduction --
Distribution and styles of volcanism --
Eruption mechanisms and products --
Eruption sizes and types --
Volcanic landscapes --
Processes of volcanic landform evolution --
Part IV. The bigger picture: 12. Tectonic geomorphology --
Introduction --
Tectonic processes --
Tectonic settings --
Landscape response to tectonics --
13. Geomorphology and climate --
Introduction --
Records of a chaning climate --
Climate cycles --
Geomorphic boundary conditions --
Climatic geomorphology --
Landscape response to climate --
Landscape controls on climate --
14. Landscape evolution --
Introduction --
Factors of landscape evolution --
Models of landscape evolution --
Landscape types --
Rates of landscape processes --
Table of Variables --
Index.
Other Titles: Geomorphology
Responsibility: Paul R. Bierman, University of Vermont, David R. Montgomery, University of Washington.
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