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Landscapes on the edge : new horizons for research on Earth's surface

Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in Earth Surface Processes.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2010.
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"During geologic spans of time, Earth's shifting tectonic plates, atmosphere, freezing water, thawing ice, flowing rivers, and evolving life have shaped Earth's surface features. The resulting hills, mountains, valleys, and plains shelter ecosystems that interact with all life and provide a record of Earth surface processes that extend back through Earth's history. Despite rapidly growing scientific knowledge of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Landscapes on the edge.
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2010921862
(OCoLC)607373346
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in Earth Surface Processes.
ISBN: 9780309140256 0309140250
OCLC Number: 614432114
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 163 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps
Contents: The importance of Earth surface processes --
Grand challenges in Earth surface processes --
Four high-priority research initiatives in Earth surface processes --
Mechanisms for developing initiatives and sustaining growth in Earth surface processes.
Responsibility: Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in Earth Surface Processes, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies.

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"During geologic spans of time, Earth's shifting tectonic plates, atmosphere, freezing water, thawing ice, flowing rivers, and evolving life have shaped Earth's surface features. The resulting hills, mountains, valleys, and plains shelter ecosystems that interact with all life and provide a record of Earth surface processes that extend back through Earth's history. Despite rapidly growing scientific knowledge of Earth surface interactions, and the increasing availability of new monitoring technologies, there is still little understanding of how these processes generate and degrade landscapes. Landscapes on the Edge identifies nine grand challenges in this emerging field of study and proposes four high-priority research initiatives. The book poses questions about how our planet's past can tell us about its future, how landscapes record climate and tectonics, and how Earth surface science can contribute to developing a sustainable living surface for future generations."--Publisher's description.

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