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Chapter 15: Inheritance
Landforms are demonstrably of very different ages; their formation times and their longevity as parts of the landscape are contrasted both globally and within catchments or coastal zones. Available erosional energy (entropy) and resistance are unevenly distributed both spatially and over time, as a result of forcing factor incidence, erodible materials and environmental change. This produces a patchy and overprinted Earth surface on a variety of scales. These inherited forms and materials, interpreted as palimpsests and as patches, continue to influence active process systems.
In a number of senses geomorphology necessarily studies residual land surfaces. In the first place, direct observation of formative activities is often difficult - whether under glaciers, in the sea or in deep rivers, or during extreme and ...