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Visualizing the land surface explains and explores the composition of the land surface and outlines how it has been studied. Dynamics of the land surface considers the dynamics affecting the earth’s land surface including its influences, processes and the changes that have occurred. Environments of the land surface looks to understand the land surface in major world regions highlighting differences between the areas. Management of the land surface is an examination of the current and future prospects of the management of the earth’s land surface.
Chapter 1: Recognizing the Land Surface
Recognizing the Land Surface
Terra firma, a Latin phrase for solid earth, is used to differentiate land from sea - thus connoting the land surface of the Earth. It is used specifically in the Amazon floral region where vegetation above flood level is called terra firma and that below, igapo or varzea. Terra firma in a search engine produces more than 11 million results, referring to tiles, travel firms, landscapes, rug company and many others but only one book (Orban, 2006). It is surprising that the land surface of the Earth has not received more explicit attention - perhaps because with hindsight it seems to have been hijacked by disciplines whose prime purpose lies elsewhere: a reason for what Tooth (2009) has ...