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.
Many geomorphology books ignore urban areas, so why include a chapter on urban landscapes which cover 2% of the Earth's land surface where landforms are largely obliterated by human activity? Bunge (1973) argued that physical geography (including geomorphology) is much needed in an urban setting because ‘Cities are a karst topography with sewers performing precisely the function of limestone caves in Yugoslavia, which causes a parched physical environment, especially in city centres’ (see Figure 11.1). However it is not just because of the proportion of world population that resides in cities but also because urban environments can be seen as assemblages of land forms (see section 11.1), just like karst; and also because of the way in which landforms and environment have ...