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Global geomorphology : an introduction to the study of landforms / Michael A. Summerfield

Main Author Summerfield, Michael A. Country Reino Unido. Publication Harlow : Prentice Hall, 1991 Description XIV, [8], 537 p. : il. ; 27 cm ISBN 0-582-30156-4 CDU 551.4
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Monografia Biblioteca Geral da Universidade do Minho
BGUM 551.4 - S Available 275968

Licenciatura em Geologia Geomorfologia 2º semestre

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The plate tectonics revolution in the earth sciences has provided a valuable new framework for understanding long-term landform development.

This innovative text provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject of global geomorphology, with the emphasis placed on large-scale processes and phenomena. Integrating global tectonics into the study of landforms and incorporating planetary geomorphology as a major component the author discusses the impact of climatic change and the role of catastrophic events on landform genesis and includes a comprehensive study of surface geomorphic processes.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Endogenic Processes and Landforms
  • 3 Exogenic Processes and Landforms
  • 4 Endogenic-Exogenic Interactions
  • 5 Extraterrestrial Landforms

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This excellent, up-to-date rendition of geomorphology moves the discipline back from process- and site-specific studies to its broad global significance. Summerfield's competence is underwritten through critical review by an impressive number of outstanding geomorphologists. This is upper-division undergraduate material, of value also for graduates, written with an appropriate degree of sophistication. Mathematical and quantitative examples are restricted to selected concepts and processes confined to boxes throughout the text. The newer ideas of plate tectonics are integrated with landscape analysis. The results of newly applied dating techniques and the offshore sedimentary record are incorporated. The treatment covers the normal range of geomorphic processes and landforms and includes chapters on rates of uplift and denudation, tectonics and drainage development, and extraterrestrial landforms. Submarine geomorphology is deliberately omitted because of space limitations. The valuable opening chapter, "Approaches to geomorphology," covers the evolution of thought from Hutton and Lyell to modern questions of scale, methods of analysis, and energy. Very successful line drawings and photographs, chapter-specific references; good index; several useful appendixes. J. D. Ives; University of California, Davis

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