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Introducing Geomorphology: A Guide to Landforms and Processes

Adrian Harvey

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22 Mar 2012
Dunedin Academic Press
136 pages - 195 x 165 x 10mm
Introducing Earth and Environmental Sciences
Geomorphology is the study of the earth's landforms and the processes that made the landscape look the way it does today. What we see when we look at a scenic view is the result of the interplay of the forces that shape the earth's surface. These operate on many different timescales and involve geological as well as climatic forces. Adrian Harvey introduces the varying geomorphological forces and differing timescales which thus combine: from the global, which shape continents and mountain ranges; through the regional, producing hills and river basins; to the local, forming beaches, glaciers and slopes; to those micro scale forces which weather rock faces and produce sediment. Finally, he considers the effect that humans have had on the world's topography. Introducing Geomorphology provides a structured and easily accessible introduction to the science of geomorphology for those with an adult curiosity about the landscape and for those contemplating a course of formal study in physical geography, geology or environmental studies. As with sister volumes, technical terms are kept to a minimum and a glossary is provided.
1. Introduction to Geomorphology; 2. Global-scale geomorphology; 3. Regional-scale geomorphology; 4. Local-scale geomorphology - process systems and landforms; 5. Timescales and landscape evolution; 6. Geomorphology and interactions with society; Further reading; Glossary
Professor Adrian Harvey retired recently from the University of Liverpool where he taught undergraduate courses in geomorphology. As editor in chief a the leading academic journal in the field he is uniquely placed to condense his encyclopedic knowledge of geomorphology into this introduction to the subject.

‘An introduction, not a textbook: 'The purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to the science of geomorphology. The book is not intended as a textbook; there are many of these' (p. xi).
This attractive publication is indeed footnote-free and well-produced in colour. It is, though, definitely slimline rather than lightweight. Authoritative in tone and broad in scope, any undergraduate or ambitious A-level student will learn much from its pages.’ Geography

'This is the latest in what is becoming an excellent series of introductory books covering a wide range of Earth and environmental subjects. The remit appears to be, select a good author who knows the subject well and, above all, someone who can communicate it clearly and with some enthusiasm. Then add in good graphics, excellent photographs and keep the price as low as possible. It's a winning formula that others have failed to find.
Professor Adrian Harvey has retired from the University of Liverpool where he researched and taught geomorphology courses to undergraduates. As such he passes both the competency and enthusiasm tests mentioned above. He writes well and has produced an engaging book that is packed with information aided by superb photographs and excellent diagrams and maps. He is clearly a man who has travelled the world in search of beautiful landforms which can be seen by a wide audience.' Down to Earth
'This book, a very reasonably priced and easy­to­read introduction to natural landforms, is a useful addition to the publisher’s series, and landscape historians are likely to find that it is an up­to­date aide memoire which will renew their interest in landforms, and stimulate further their appreciation of the significance of the natural landscape. I hope it attracts the interest and readership that it deserves.' Landscape History

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