Geomorphology - The Mechanics and Chemistry of Landscapes

Robert S. Anderson and Suzanne P. Anderson 
CUP  June 2010  

Paperback  654 pp  ISBN 9780521519786      £40.00
This textbook provides a modern, quantitative and process-oriented approach to equip students with the tools to understand geomorphology. Insight into the interpretation of landscapes is developed from basic principles and simple models, and by stepping through the equations that capture the essence of the mechanics and chemistry of landscapes. Boxed worked examples and real-world applications bring the subject to life for students, allowing them to apply the theory to their own experience. The book covers cutting edge topics, including the revolutionary cosmogenic nuclide dating methods and modeling, highlights links to other Earth sciences through up-to-date summaries of current research, and illustrates the importance of geomorphology in understanding environmental changes. Setting up problems as a conservation of mass, ice, soil, or heat, this book arms students with tools to fully explore processes, understand landscapes, and to participate in this rapidly evolving field.

  • Presents a quantitative, process-oriented approach that starts from basic principles to build a fundamental understanding of geomorphology
  • Encourages use of basic physics and chemistry and simple models to develop students' insight into the interpretation of landscapes
  • Covers cutting edge topics in geomorphology, including the revolutionary development of cosmogenic nuclide dating methods and modelling
  • Links geomorphology to other Earth sciences, including geophysics, atmospheric science, geochemistry and geochronology, to show students the links between disciplines
  • Illustrates the great importance of geomorphology in the understanding of environmental change
  • Pedagogical features include boxed work examples, real-world applications, end-of-chapter problems and appendices
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    1. Introduction
    2. Whole Earth morphology
    3. Large scale morphology: the roles of geophysics
    4. Tectonic geomorphology
    5. Atmospheric processes and climate
    6. Establishing timing in the landscape: dating methods
    7. Weathering
    8. Glaciers and glacial geology
    9. Periglacial forms and processes
    10. Hillslopes
    11. Water in the landscape
    12. Rivers
    13. Bedrock channel incision
    14. Sediment transport mechanics
    15. Eolian processes and forms
    16. Coastal geomorphology
    17. Geomorphology of big floods
    18. Whole landscapes

    Appendix A. Physics
    Appendix B. Math

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