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Chapter 20: The Concept of Geomorphology
The Concept of Geomorphology
What sort of a science is geomorphology itself? It is an Earth surface science, like some others, and one that interacts with parent sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, social sciences) and neighbouring sciences (geology, hydrology, glaciology, atmospheric sciences and soil science). Organized as an Earth Science or a branch of Geography, it has also begun to develop specialisms and has subdivided to produce others (e.g., speleology). It also retains distinctive characteristics, involves a fascinating form of human enquiry, has significant practical social value, and is recognizing its own conceptual merits and difficulties. The current state of geomorphology within the range of the sciences is reviewed, using a SWOT approach.
Geomorphology, defined in Chapter 1 as the science ...