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 2: Study of the Land Surface
Study of the Land Surface
In the last chapter it was suggested that study of the surface of the Earth may have been associated with disciplines whose prime purpose often lies elsewhere.
2.1 Disciplines for the Land Surface
A discipline is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘a branch of learning or scholarly instruction’. Instruction is provided in programmes of study which effectively create the academic world inhabited by scholars. Academic disciplines are often regarded as branches of knowledge taught and researched at higher education level, recognized by the academic journals in which research is published and by the learned societies and university departments to which practitioners belong. Although it is useful for academics to distinguish between disciplines, between geology and geography ...