- 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 28: Landscape Evolution and Tectonics
Landscape Evolution and Tectonics
It has long been realized that the landscape evolves and that it is not a static unchanging feature of the Earth's surface. Chorley et al. (1964) noted that Leonardo da Vinci clearly grasped the notion that the landscape evolves, and so we can reasonably say that landscape evolution has been central to geomorphology from the dawn of the discipline. Indeed, landscape evolution is at the heart of the geosciences: the great realization by James Hutton (1788), who provided the permanent foundation of the geosciences (Chorley et al., 1964), was that landscapes evolve over time. One of Hutton's great contributions was the proposition that riverine (fluvial) processes remove material at one point on the Earth's surface and deposit it ...