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Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands


Edited By: David SG Thomas

624 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, b/w maps

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Mar 2011 | Edition: 3 | #189606 | ISBN-13: 9780470519097
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Hardback | Mar 2011 | Edition: 3 | #189607 | ISBN-13: 9780470519080
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About this book

The new edition of "Arid Zone Geomorphology" aims to encapsulate the advances that have been made in recent years in the investigation and explanation of landforms and geomorphological processes in drylands.

Building on the success of the previous two editions, the third edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect the latest developments in the field. The book has been restructured to include regional case studies throughout to enhance student understanding and is clearly defined into five distinct sections.

Firstly, the book introduces the reader to large scale controls and variability in drylands and then moves on to consider surface processes and characteristics; the work of water, the work of the wind. The book concludes with a section on living with dryland geomorphology that includes a chapter on geomorphological hazards and the human impact on these environments.


Third Edition

I Large-scale controls and variability in drylands.

1 Arid environments: their nature and extent
2 Tectonic frameworks
3 Climatic frameworks: legacies from the past
4 Dryland system variability
5 Extraterrestrial arid surface processes

II Surface processes and characteristics.

6 Weathering systems
7 Desert soils
8 Desert crusts and rock coatings
9 Pavements and stone mantles
10 Slope systems

III The work of water.

11 Runoff generation, overland flow and erosion on hillslopes
12 Distinctiveness and diversity of arid zone river systems
13 Channel form, flows and sediments of endogenous ephemeral rivers in deserts
14 Dryland alluvial fans
15 Pans, playas and salt lakes
16 Groundwater controls and processes

IV The work of the wind.

17 Aeolian landscapes and bedforms
18 Sediment mobilisation by the wind
19 Desert dune processes and dynamics
20 Desert dust
21 Wind erosion in drylands

V Living with dryland geomorphology.

22 The human impact
23 Geomorphological hazards in drylands
24 Future climate change and arid zone geomorphology


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