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About this book
This volume provides an integrated approach to the process dynamics and the origin of landforms by the contemporary processes involved in their evolution. The author highlights the physical and chemical laws governing the activity of the earth-surface processes in specific environmental stress conditions and puts forward competing hypotheses on the evolution of landforms. He further discusses the bases of internal geologic processes for the explanation of the tectogenic features of the earth.
Process Geomorphology Nature of Process Geomorphology Systems Concept in Geomorphology Thresholds Climate and Processes Frequency Concept of Geomorphic Processes Environmental Change Summary References Geologic Processes and Properties of the Earth Materials Origin of the Earth Fundamental Divisions of the Earth Internal Structure of the Earth Geothermal Heat Plate Tectonics Plate Boundary and Seismicity Rocks Deformation of Rocks and Sediments Sediments Deformation of Sediments Stress-Strain Relationships Summary References Weathering Mechanical Weathering Chemical Weathering Biochemical, Adsorption, and Photochemical Processes in Coastal Environments Biological Weathering Bacterial Activity Weathering Profile Soil Profile Pedogenic Regimes Related Deposits Summary References Mass Movement Causes Classification of Mass Movement Activity Slow Movemnts Rapid Movements Falls Slides Avalanches Summary References Fluvial Processes Types of Flow Stream Load Stream Flow Sediment Transport Regimes of Flow Hydraulic Geometry Channel Patterns Summary References Fluvial Processes and Depositional Landforms Flood Plains Flood Plain Processes Alluvial Fans River Deltas Summary References Glacial Processes and Landforms Glacier Ice Glacier Deformation Erosion in a Glacial Environment Erosional Features of Glacial Environment Glacial Transport Landforms of Drift Deposition Active Ice Environment and Landforms Stagnant Ice Environment and Landforms Ice-Contact Environment and Landforms Proglacial Ice Environment and Landforms Summary References Periglacial Processes and Landforms Identification Frozen Ground Classification of Frozen Ground Major Features of Ground Ice Periglacial Processes and Landforms Summary References Aeolian Environment and Landforms Bases of Aeolian Activity Thresholds of Motion Sediment Transport Sediment Transport Rate Wind Erosion Dust Storms Wind Deposition Features of Wind Erosion Features of Wind Deposition Summary References Karst Types of Karst Landscape Groundwater in Karst Dissolution Mechanism Mechanical and Biochemical Erosion Other Factors Karst Landforms Summary References Coastal Processes and Landforms Gradational Processes Tidal Currents Wave-Induced Currents Tsunamis Sediment Transport Weathering Erosion Features of Marine Erosion Features of Marine Deposition Organic Reefs Sea Level Change Classification of Coasts Coast of India Summary References Applied Geomorphology Applications of Geomorphology Land Resource Planning Environmental Impacts Salt Hazards Channelization Summary References Abbreviations Glossary Index
Kurukshetra University (retired), India