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Chapter 14: Change Trajectories
There have been many attempts to track the change sequences that result from form development, including responses to climatic and other disturbances. These may be conceptualized diagrammatically or they may derive from physical or mathematical modelling. Some research suggests that change sequences have multiple paths and outcomes; others propose that the end results from different processes are very similar. Complexity characterizes manysystems, partly because of their hierarchical nature and also because the allogenic contexts or spatial configurations in which active systems operate are very varied.
Previous chapters (6, 7, 8 and 11) have shown how landforms have been conceived historically as being in ‘timeless’ equilibrium states, as subject to directional or cyclical change, or as being complex in terms of both their ...