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.
The ‘Origins’ of Glacial Geomorphology
It is only a mere 10,000 years ago or, in some places at higher altitudes and latitudes, even less when much of the mid-continental and poleward landmasses of the northern hemisphere, the southern regions of South America and large parts of the Southern Alps, New Zealand were ice covered. In the almost interminably vast stretch of geological time, the interval between that period of global glaciation and today is the merest ‘flick of an eyelash’. As a consequence the impacts and aftereffects of glaciation are clearly visible today in these landscapes. The influence of glaciation is felt in innumerable ways in the daily lives of people in these once glaciated lands and far beyond. At the height of ...