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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.

World Land Surface Landscapes
World land surface landscapes

Some land surface processes are concentrated in particular areas of the Earth's land surface, in the way that earthquakes and volcanoes and their associated landforms are particularly located at plate boundaries. Process domains (pp. 118–9) recognize associations of particular processes, but are there zones of the land surface that have particular features and processes in common? Early studies of the land surface were conditioned by personal experience of the home environment - in the days before the internet, media information and cheap flights! Thus Dokuchaev (Box 6.1) appreciated not only the way that landscapes were arranged across the continent but also how his field experience, especially of the black earth Chernozem soils, could create a foundation for pedology. ...

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