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Chapter 4: Landform
Landform has been basic to the study of geomorphology since the late 19th century, and form component definition evolved as a central concept until the second half of the 20th century when remote sensing, GIS, DEMs and geomorphometry allowed more rigorous quantitative procedures, although this also involved a review of first principles. Land form, as land shape, may have received more attention than landforms, involving their genesis, and awareness of natural kinds reminds us how both are dependent upon human perception.
The word geomorphology means to write about (Greek logos)the shape or form (morphe)of the Earth (ge),so that the simplest definition of the discipline is the scientific study of landforms. Every scientific discipline has a central focus and for geomorphology the landform ...