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Fundamentals of geomorphology / Richard John Huggett

Main Author Huggett, Richard J. Country Reino Unido. Edition 3rd ed Publication London : Routledge, cop. 2011 Description X, 516 p. : il. ; 25 cm ISBN 978-0-415-56775-6 CDU 551.4
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This extensively revised, restructured, and updated edition continues to present an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the subject, exploring the world's landforms from a broad systems perspective. It covers the basics of Earth surface forms and processes, while reflecting on the latest developments in the field. Fundamentals of Geomorphologybegins with a consideration of the nature of geomorphology, process and form, history, and geomorphic systems, and moves on to discuss:

structure: structural landforms associated with plate tectonics and those associated with volcanoes, impact craters, and folds, faults, and joints process and form: landforms resulting from, or influenced by, the exogenic agencies of weathering, running water, flowing ice and meltwater, ground ice and frost, the wind, and the sea; landforms developed on limestone; and landscape evolution, a discussion of ancient landforms, including palaeosurfaces, stagnant landscape features, and evolutionary aspects of landscape change.

This third edition has been fully updated to include a clearer initial explanation of the nature of geomorphology, of land surface process and form, and of land-surface change over different timescales. The text has been restructured to incorporate information on geomorphic materials and processes at more suitable points in the book. Finally, historical geomorphology has been integrated throughout the text to reflect the importance of history in all aspects of geomorphology.

Fundamentals of Geomorphologyprovides a stimulating and innovative perspective on the key topics and debates within the field of geomorphology. Written in an accessible and lively manner, it includes guides to further reading, chapter summaries, and an extensive glossary of key terms. The book is also illustrated throughout with over 200 informative diagrams and attractive photographs, all in colour.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1 Introducing Landforms and Landscapes
  • 1 What is Geomorphology
  • 2 Introducing Process and Form
  • 3 Introducing History
  • 4 The Geomorphic System
  • Part 2 Structure
  • 5 Plate Tectonics and Associated Structural Landforms
  • 6 Volcanoes, Impacts Craters, Folds, and Faults
  • Part 3 Process and Form
  • 7 Weathering and Associated Landforms
  • 8 Hillslopes
  • 9 Fluvial Landscapes
  • 10 Glacial and Glaciofluvial Landscapes
  • 11 Periglacial Landscapes
  • 12 Aeollian Landscapes
  • 13 Coastal Landscapes
  • 14 Karst Landscapes
  • 15 Landscape Evolution: Long Term Geomorphology

Reviews provided by Syndetics


This revised introductory work (2nd ed., 2007; 1st ed., 2002) provides a useful overview of geomorphology and has much to recommend it. The writing is clear and engaging, illustrations are prolific and exceptional in quality (and full color), and the structure is logical. The volume contains 15 chapters. Huggett (Univ. of Manchester, UK) describes the science and its history along with basic concepts in the first four chapters. The second part covers structure (the basis upon which erosional landforms develop). The final nine chapters are dedicated to weathering processes, long-term landscape change, and seven types of landscapes (hillslope, fluvial, glacial, periglacial, aeolian, coast, and karst). Although Huggett covers the field from both process and historical perspectives, he emphasizes the latter, and much of the text thus becomes descriptive. In this sense, the approach is traditional, similar to A. Bloom's classic work, Geomorphology (3rd ed., 2004). References have been updated, but are still uneven. For example, the discussion of cave form does not incorporate A. Palmer's landmark 1991 paper, which explains cave morphology in terms of initial porosity and recharge. Nevertheless, there are many useful aspects of this book, and it could serve reasonably as an introductory textbook in a course emphasizing traditional geomorphology. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. I. D. Sasowsky University of Akron

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Richard John Huggettis a Reader in Physical Geography at the University of Manchester.

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