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Landforms of the Earth: An Illustrated Guide

  • Highly illustrated book with geomorphic features and descriptions of landforms or group of landforms
  • Delivers a good overview for current and future geomorphologists
  • Contains descriptions that are concise, direct, and easy-to-read, and closely correlated with the corresponding image visualization of landforms

By: Francisco Gutiérrez(Editor), Mateo Gutiérrez-Elorza(Editor)

284 pages, 270 colour illustrations


Hardback | Apr 2016 | #232248 | ISBN-13: 9783319269450
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About this book

This is a highly illustrated book with each landform being described with the following structure: (1) Main characteristics, including geometric, morphometric and sedimentological features. (2) Genetic processes and controlling factors. (3) Different typologies if applicable. (4) Additional comments related to various relevant aspects such us environmental implications or geographical distribution. Image visualization of landforms is essential for learning geomorphology and stimulating the interest in this field-based subject; a picture is worth a thousand words. Consequently, Landforms of the Earth constitutes a valuable educational resource for every university student enrolled in courses related with earth surface processes and landforms (e.g. Geomorphology, Physical Geography, Geology, Geohazards, Environmental Sciences.). Landforms of the Earth is also attractive to travellers and people keen on nature who want to know about the terminology and origin of the landforms they encounter in their trips. In many cases, the geomorphological features constitute the main asset of first-class protected areas (e.g., UNESCO World Heritage Sites, National Parks).


- Introduction
- Structural Landforms
- Tectonic Landforms
- Volcanic Landforms
- Karst Landforms
- Granite Landforms
- Weathering Landforms
- Slope Movements
- Fluvial Landforms
- Coastal Landforms
- Glacial Landforms
- Periglacial Landforms
- Desert and Aeolian Landforms

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Prof. Francisco Gutiérrez studied Geology at the Universities of Zaragoza (Spain) and Aberdeen (UK). He is currently Full Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences in the University of Zaragoza and teaches Geohazards, Engineering Geology and Geomorphology. He has carried out research at the University Complutense of Madrid, the Faculty of Geographical Sciences in Utrecht University and the Colorado Geological Survey. His main research topics include evaporite dissolution phenomena, geomorphological mapping, fluvial geomorphology, slope movements, tectonic geomorphology and paleoseismology. He has published more than 60 papers in international journals. Francisco is member of the Editorial Board of the journal Geomorphology since 2003.

Prof. Mateo Gutiérrez-Elorza studied Geology at the University of Madrid. He has taught several geological subjects at Madrid University, the University College of Teruel and the University of Zaragoza, where he became Full Professor in 1980. He was President of the Spanish Society of Geomorphology (1987-1990) and Vice-President of the Spanish Association for Quaternary Research (1985-1987). His main research topics include regional geomorphology, karst, tectonic geomorphology, aeolian landforms, weathering features and soil erosion. He has published several geomorphology text books and more than 100 peer-reviewed papers.

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