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Large Rivers: Geomorphology and Management

First book to offer in a single volume state-of-the-art knowledge on management and geomorphology of large rivers of the world
A pioneering study, pushing the boundaries of our knowledge related to big rivers
Includes comprehensive case studies covering the major large rivers of the world including Amazon, Mississippi, Nile, Congo, Indus, and Mekong
Written by a leading team of distinguished, international contributors

By: Avijit Gupta (Editor)

712 pages, colour & b/w illustrations, colour & b/w maps

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Jan 2008 | #208811 | ISBN-13: 9780470849873
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NHBS Price: £195.00 $238/€219 approx

About this book

Large Rivers: Geomorphology and Management explores an important topic in geomorphology and sedimentology: the form and function of major rivers. Our knowledge of the big rivers of the world is limited. It is currently difficult to recognise large rivers of the past from relict sedimentary deposits or to structure management policies for long international rivers. This exciting book brings together a set of papers on large rivers of the world, as a unique introduction to a demanding subject.

Large Rivers: Geomorphology and Management includes thirty chapters and is organised into three sections. The first part is on the environmental requirements for creating and maintaining a major river system. The second is a collection of case studies on 14 large rivers from different continents, covering a range of physical environments. The third section includes chapters on the measurement and management of large rivers.

Large Rivers: Geomorphology and Management is essential reading for postgraduate students and researchers in fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, sedimentary geology, and river management. It is also of relevance to engineers and environmental consultants in the private and public sectors working on major rivers of the world.


List of Contributors

1 Introduction (Avijit Gupta)

2 Geology of Large River Systems (Sampat K. Tandon and Rajiv Sinha)
3 Hydrology and Discharge (Ellen E. Wohl)
4 Transcontinental Moving and Storage: The Orinoco and Amazon Rivers Transfer the Andes to the Atlantic (Robert H. Meade)
5 Greatest Floods and Largest Rivers (Victor R. Baker)
6 Classifi cation, Architecture, and Evolution of Large-River Deltas (Kazuaki Hori and Yoshiki Saito)
7 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy of Large River Deposits: Recognition in the Ancient Record, and Distinction from 'Incised Valley Fills' (Christopher R. Fielding)

8 Effects of Tectonism, Climate Change, and Sea-level Change on the Form and Behaviour of the Modern Amazon River and its Floodplain (Leal A.K. Mertes and Thomas Dunne)
9 The Mississippi River System (James C. Knox)
10 The Colorado River (John C. Schmidt)
11 The Lena River: Hydromorphodynamic Features in a Deep Permafrost Zone (Francois Costard and Emmanuele Gautier)
12 The Danube: Morphology, Evolution and Environmental Issues (Denes Loczy)
13 The Nile: Evolution, Quaternary River Environments and Material Fluxes (Jamie C. Woodward, Mark G. Macklin, Michael D. Krom and Martin A. J. Williams)
14 The Congo River, Central Africa (Jurgen Runge)
15 The Zambezi River (Andy E. Moore, Fenton P.D. (Woody) Cotterill, Mike P.L. Main and Hugh B. Williams)
16 The Geographic, Geological and Oceanographic Setting of the Indus River (Asif Inam, Peter D. Clift, Liviu Giosan, Ali Rashid Tabrez, Muhammad Tahir, Muhammad Moazam Rabbani and Muhammad Danish)
17 The Ganga River (Indra B. Singh)
18 Erosion and Weathering in the Brahmaputra River System (Sunil K. Singh)
19 The Brahmaputra-Jamuna River, Bangladesh (James L. Best, Philip J. Ashworth, Maminul H. Sarker and Julie E. Roden)
20 The Mekong River: Morphology, Evolution, Management (Avijit Gupta)
21 Dynamic Hydrology and Geomorphology of the Yangtze River (Zhongyuan Chen, Kaiqin Xu and Masataka Watanabe)

22 The Nile River: Geology, Hydrology, Hydraulic Society (M. Gordon Wolman and Robert F. Giegengack)
23 Patterns and Controls on Historical Channel Change in the Willamette River, Oregon, USA (Jennifer Rose Wallick, Gordon E. Grant, Stephen T. Lancaster, John P. Bolte and Roger P. Denlinger)
24 Rivers And Humans - Unintended Consequences (Stanley A. Schumm)
25 Large Rivers from Space (Leal A.K. Mertes and T. Tamuka Magadzire)
26 Channel Geometry Analysis Technique for the Lower Mississippi River (Philip J. Soar, Colin R. Thorne, Oliver P. Harmar, David S. Biedenharn and C. Fred Pinkard)
27 The Management of Large Rivers: Technical and Political Challenges (Ian C. Campbell)
28 The Physical Diversity and Assessment of a Large River System: The Murray-Darling Basin, Australia (Martin C. Thoms, Scott C. Rayburg and Melissa R. Neave)
29 Climatic and Anthropogenic Impacts on Water and Sediment Discharges from the Yangtze River (Changjiang), 1950-2005 (Kehui Xu, John D. Milliman, Zuosheng Yang and Hui Xu)
30 Large River Systems and Climate Change (Michael D. Blum)


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