By: RP Beckinsale and RJ Chorley
496 pages, B/w photos, maps, figures
This volume provides a global treatment of historical and regional geomorphic work as it developed from the end of the nineteenth century - which saw the burgeoning of eustatic theory, the concepts of isostasy and epeirogeny, and the first complete statements of the cycle of erosion and of polycyclic denudation chronology - to the hiatus of the Second World War. The book is subdivided into global and Davisian influences and historical and regional geomorphology. It sets out to describe and analyse many of the developments which have given rise to the rich and varied subject-matter of contemporary geomorphology. This book is the third volume in the definitive series, The History of the Study of Landforms or the Development of Geomorphology . Volume 1 (1964) dealt with contributions to the field up to 1890. Volume 2 (1973) dealt with the concepts and contributions of William Morris Davis. Volume 3 treats historical and regional themes during the classic' period of geomorphology, between 1890 and 1950. Volume 4, currently being prepared, will concentrate on studies of geomorphic processes and of Quarternary geomorphology, carrying these themes on into the second half of the twentieth century, which has been so dominated by them.
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