- 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 15: Human Activity and Geomorphology
Human Activity and Geomorphology
The Emergence of Anthropogeomorphology: Recognizing the Significance of Human Intervention
Landscapes are the products of interactions between abiotic and biotic factors. Ever since its appearance, even before the beginning of recorded history, human society has been involved in the system of geomorphic processes. The intensity of involvement has been proportional to the size of the human population, to its demands upon the environment and to the level of technological progress achieved to satisfy growing demands.
The significance of human activities in the evolution of the Earth's surface was recognized as early as the mid-19th century. In the United States George Perkins Marsh published a book entitled Man and Nature in 1864 (reprinted as The Earth as Modified by ...