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The planet's natural dips and elevations, slopes and structures, stud the world's landscapes and enrich its panoramas. However, the Earth's landforms should not be viewed as anomalies in its topography; rather, they are often invaluable components of ecosystems and hold significant clues to the natural forces that fashion our environment. This comprehensive volume examines the various landforms-from mountains to caves to glaciers-that can be found across the globe. The processes that shape each formation are also detailed within these pages.

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  • ISBN: 9781615305360
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (293 p.)
  • Publisher: Chicago : Britannica Educational Publishing, 2011.

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BOOK COVER; TITLE; COPYRIGHT; CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; CHAPTER 1 THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANDFORMS; BASIC CONCEPTS AND CONSIDERATIONS; CONSTRAINTS ON MODERN LANDFORM THEORY; HISTORICAL SURVEY; LANDFORM THEORIES OF THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES; DAVIS'S EROSION CYCLE THEORY; THE GEOMORPHIC CONCEPTS OF PENCK AND KING; CLIMATIC MORPHOGENESIS; TECTONIC GEOMORPHOLOGY; CONSIDERATION OF UNIQUE LANDFORMS AND OTHER DISTINCTIVE TOPOGRAPHIC FEATURES; THEORETICAL OVERVIEW OF LANDFORM DEVELOPMENT; OROGENIC AND EPEIROGENIC MORPHOGENESIS; A UNIFIED LANDFORM THEORY; CHAPTER 2 MOUNTAINS; GEOMORPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
TECTONIC PROCESSES THAT CREATE AND DESTROY MOUNTAIN BELTS AND THEIR COMPONENTSMECHANISMS THAT SUPPORT ELEVATED TERRAINS; TECTONIC PROCESSES THAT PRODUCE HIGH ELEVATIONS; TECTONIC PROCESSES THAT DESTROY ELEVATED TERRAINS; MAJOR TYPES OF MOUNTAIN BELTS; MOUNTAIN BELTS ASSOCIATED WITH VOLCANISM; MOUNTAIN BELTS ASSOCIATED WITH CRUSTAL SHORTENING; ALPINE- (OR HIMALAYAN-) TYPE BELTS; ANDEAN-TYPE BELTS; INTRACONTINENTAL MOUNTAIN BELTS; MAJOR MOUNTAIN BELTS OF THE WORLD; THE CIRCUM-PACIFIC SYSTEM; THE ALPINE-HIMALAYAN, OR TETHYAN, SYSTEM; RESIDUAL MOUNTAIN RANGES AND THERMALLY UPLIFTED BELTS
CHAPTER 3 PLATEAUS AND VALLEYSPLATEAUS; GEOMORPHIC CHARACTERISTICS; FORMATIVE PROCESSES; GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION; VALLEYS; GEOMORPHIC CHARACTERISTICS; ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION; CHAPTER 4 STUCTURAL LANDFORMS; CAVES; CAVE TYPES; EVOLUTION AND DEMISE OF SOLUTION CAVES; GEOMORPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF SOLUTION CAVES; SOLUTION CAVE FEATURES; KARST TOPOGRAPHY; GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF KARST TERRAIN; VOLCANIC CAVES; TECTONIC CAVES; PEDIMENTS; SAND DUNES; GEOMORPHIC CHARACTERISTICS; FORMATION AND GROWTH OF DUNES; DUNE AND SHEET PATTERNS; FIXED DUNES IN SEMIARID REGIONS; CHAPTER 5 COASTAL LANDFORMS
FACTORS AND FORCES IN THE FORMATION OF COASTAL FEATURESWAVES; LONGSHORE CURRENTS; RIP CURRENTS; TIDES; OTHER FACTORS AND PROCESSES; LANDFORMS OF EROSIONAL COASTS; SEA CLIFFS; WAVE-CUT PLATFORMS; SEA STACKS; SEA ARCHES; LANDFORMS OF DEPOSITIONAL COASTS; GENERAL COASTAL MORPHOLOGY; STRAND-PLAIN COASTS; BEACHES AND COASTAL DUNES; CHAPTER 6 GLACIAL LANDFORMS; GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS; TYPES OF GLACIERS; GLACIAL EROSION; GLACIAL DEPOSITION; EROSIONAL LANDFORMS; SMALL-SCALE FEATURES OF GLACIAL EROSION; EROSIONAL LANDFORMS OF VALLEY GLACIERS; EROSIONAL LANDFORMS OF CONTINENTAL GLACIERS
DEPOSITIONAL LANDFORMSDEPOSITIONAL LANDFORMS OF VALLEY GLACIERS; DEPOSITIONAL LANDFORMS OF CONTINENTAL GLACIERS; PERIGLACIAL LANDFORMS; FELSENMEERS, TALUS, AND ROCK GLACIERS; PERMAFROST, PATTERNED GROUND, SOLIFLUCTION DEPOSITS, AND PINGOS; CHAPTER 7 TECTONIC LANDFORMS AND METEORITE CRATERS; TECTONIC LANDFORMS; SALT DOMES; TECTONIC BASINS AND RIFT VALLEYS; METEORITE CRATERS AS MEASURES OF GEOLOGIC ACTIVITY; THE IMPACT-CRATERING PROCESS; VARIATIONS IN CRATERS ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM; METEORITE CRATERS AS MEASURES OF GEOLOGIC ACTIVITY; CONCLUSION; APPENDIX: SELECTED WORLD MOUNTAINS; GLOSSARY
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Summary, etc.:
The planet's natural dips and elevations, slopes and structures, stud the world's landscapes and enrich its panoramas. However, the Earth's landforms should not be viewed as anomalies in its topography; rather, they are often invaluable components of ecosystems and hold significant clues to the natural forces that fashion our environment. This comprehensive volume examines the various landforms-from mountains to caves to glaciers-that can be found across the globe. The processes that shape each formation are also detailed within these pages.
Subject: Geomorphology
Landforms
Genre: Electronic books.

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