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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.

The Changing Surface - Evolution of Landscapes
The changing surface - evolution of landscapes

The past is not dead. It is not even past.

William Faulkner (cited in Carey, 2001)

Environmental processes acting in a particular landscape are associated with land-forms over periods of days, months or years - often related to our personal time frame or to the periods of time for which measurements are available. However, in visualizing landforms in a particular space and time position how can we relate space and time? A way of looking at geologic time is as a spiral (see Figure 5.1, Colour plate 3), with the face of the spiral representing now, and geologic time shown by the descending spiral. Scientists have long appreciated the age of the Earth; Leonardo ...

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