- 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 25: Aeolian Environments
The contemporary scope of aeolian geomorphology encompasses the erosion, transport and deposition of sand and dust-sized particles, and the landforms and landscapes produced by these processes, including dunes, sand seas, loess deposits as well as erosional features such as yardangs and ventifacts (which are not considered here). Many other landforms are formed by the interaction of a range of geomorphic processes of which aeolian activity is only one, including sand ramps, pans or playas and stone pavements, and the aeolian modification of landforms such as alluvial fans and glacial moraines has also been observed. There is evidence of aeolian landforms (whether active, stabilized or relict) in most terrestrial environments, but the majority are associated with either arid conditions or coastal environments. ...