- Subject index
Geomorphology is the study of the Earth's diverse physical land surface features and the dynamic processes that shape these features. Examining natural and anthropogenic processes, The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology is a comprehensive exposition of the fundamentals of geomorphology that examines form, process, and history in the discipline. Organized into four sections, the Handbook is an overview of foundations and relevance, including the nature and scope of geomorphology, the origins and development of geomorphology, the role and character of theory in geomorphology, the significance of models and abstractions to geomorphology; techniques and approaches, including geomorphological mapping, field observations and experimental design, remote sensing in geomorphology, quantifying rates of erosion, measuring fluid flows and sediment fluxes, dating surfaces and sediment, GIS in geomorphology, and modelling landforms and processes; process and environment, including rock weathering, the evolution of regolith, hill slopes, riverine environments, glacial environments, periglacial environments, coastal environments, desert environments, karst landscapes, environmental change and anthropogenic activity; and environmental change, including geomorphology and environmental management, geomorphology and society, and planetary geomorphology.
Chapter 11: Dating Surfaces and Sediments
Dating Surfaces and Sediments
Geomorphology, as a sub-discipline of earth sciences and concerned with the formation of land–forms and earth surface processes at all scales, is a historical science. Although it has been more apparent in stratigraphic geology, methods of dating surfaces and sediments continue to have a profound influence on the development of geomorphology. Indeed it is arguable that one of the reasons that traditional geology departments in Europe rather neglected physical geology, or geomorphology as it was to become, was that it was seen as being far too recent to be amenable to standard stratigraphic and biostratigraphic methods of correlation and dating. Before the advent of chronometric dating including radiocarbon (which, although discovered in the 1940s was not extensively ...