Discovering the rates at which landscapes change and the causes of these changes is a key current focus in geoscientific, environmental, ecological and archaeological research. The mechanisms are intricate involving many components - a complex of positive and negative feedback mechanisms, and scales varying from the solar system and global tectonics to the activities of microscopic organisms. In this book Andrew Goudie draws together the findings of many disparate disciplines (and of his own research) to present a coherent and structured account of what is known and what remains to be discovered about change and the variable rate of change in the shape and environment of the earth's surface. This is not a research monograph but a research synthesis presented in terms comprehensible to workers in a wide range of disciplines.
About the Author
Andrew Goudie is Professor of Geography, University of Oxford.
Table of Contents
1. Ideas and Problems.
2. Weathering and the dissolved loads of rivers.
3. The Fluvial Environment.
4. Slope Processes.
5. The Power of Wind.
6. Glaciers and Ice Caps.
7. The Coast.
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"The author, himself an indefatigable investigator in the field, has produced a comprehensive synthesis of relevant research from many disciplines that will be invaluable to working scientists and advanced students." Aslib Book Guide