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Chapter 1: Introduction: Concepts and Geomorphology
Introduction: Concepts and Geomorphology
Any discipline has concepts that are key for its progress. For geomorphology these need to be explicitly stated and consistently understood for what they are. We set them within the evolving history of geomorphology and the changing techniques and understanding that have been involved. This demonstrates the fashioning surges that have characterized the discipline and which complicate identification of those concepts which endure and which remain basic to the present and future study of geomorphology.
Geomorphology is the science concerned with the forms and processes on the Earth's land surface. Even with the fascinating challenges of explaining large-scale features such as the distribution of major mountain belts, spectacular landforms such as the Grand Canyon in the ...