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Landscapes and Landforms of Brazil

  • Constitutes the first book describing the greater part of geomorphological sites in Brazil (in either English or Portuguese)
  • Provide details not only Brazilian geomorphological landscapes but also parallel geological processes, climate variations and landscape changes
  • Covers a large proportion of Brazilian landscapes and explains how these have influenced human settlements

Series: World Geomorphological Landscapes

By: Bianca Carvalho Vieira(Editor), André Augusto Rodrigues Salgado(Editor), Leonardo José Cordeiro dos Santos(Editor)

422 pages, 267 colour & 8 b/w illustrations, 13 tables

Springer-Verlag

Paperback | Nov 2016 | #234058 | ISBN-13: 9789402400304
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Hardback | Mar 2015 | #234057 | ISBN-13: 9789401780223
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About this book

Landscapes and Landforms of Brazil presents Brazil as a country of continental dimensions. Its territory has a large variety of rock types, geological structures and climates. The country has a large variety of landscapes, such as the humid plains of the Amazon River, the dry plateaus of the semi-arid region or the subtropical mountains of the southern region. On the coast, some plateaus and mountains, like the Serra do Mar Mountain range, formed a significant barrier front to access the hinterland of Brazil. On the other side of these coastal plateaus and mountains, there is a large collection of other plateaus, mountains, plains and depressions little altered by human interference. Thus, Brazil has a unique variety of different landscapes and extraordinary geomorphological sites. Landscapes and Landforms of Brazil invites readers to learn more about the beautiful Brazilian landscapes, their complexity and vastness.


Contents

- Brazil: A Land of Beautiful and Undiscovered Landscapes
- Geological Background: A Tectonic Panorama of Brazil
- Long-Term Geomorphological Evolution of the Brazilian Territory
- Climates of Brazil: Past and Present
- Discovery Coast: The Brazilian Landscape First Sighted by Europeans
- The Todos Os Santos Bay -An Ephemeral High Stand Feature Incised into an Aborted Cretaceous Rift
- Brazil in the South Atlantic: The Fernando De Noronha and Trindade Archipelagos
- The Lencois Maranhenses: A Paradise of Dunes and Ponds
- One Island, Many Landscapes: Santa Catarina Island, Southern Brazilian Coast
- Antonina Bay and Superagui Island: A Mosaic Of Mountains, Coastal Plain and Atlantic Forest
- The Bertioga Coastal Plain: An Example of Morphotectonic Evolution
- Brazilian Pantanal: A Large Pristine Tropical Wetland
- Potiguar Basin: Diversity of Landscapes in the Brazilian Equatorial Margin
- The Anavilhanas And Mariua Archipelagos: Fluvial Wonders from the Negro River, Amazon Basin
- The Rio Peruacu Basin, An Impressive Multiphased Karst System
- Lagoa Santa Karst: Cradle of Brazilian Cave Studies
- Jalapao: Sedimentary Heritages in Central Brazil
- Chapada Das Mesas: Unknown Geomorphological Heritage
- Chapada Diamantina: A Remarkable Landscape Dominated by Mountains and Plateaus
- Chapada Dos Veadeiros: The Highest Landscapes in the Brazilian Central Plateau
- Chapada Do Araripe: A Highland Oasis Incrusted into the Semi-Arid Region of Northeastern Brazil
- Stone and Sand Ruins in the Drylands of Brazil: The Rustic Landscapes of Catimbau National Park
- Serra Da Capivara National Park: Ruinform Landscapes on the Parnaiba Cuesta
- Tepequem Mountains: A Relict Landscape in the Northern Amazon
- Carajas National Forest: Iron Ore Plateaus and Caves in Southeastern Amazon
- Serra Do Mar: The Most "Tormented" Relief in Brazil
- Itatiaia Massif: Morphogenesis of Southeastern Brazilian Highlands
- Southern Plateau and Itaimbezinho Canyon
- Quadrilatero Ferrifero': A Beautiful and Neglected Landscape Between the Gold and Iron Ore Reservoirs
- Campos Gerais of Parana: A Regional Palimpsest
- Foz Do Iguacu: Regional Geomorphological Context of the Iguacu Falls
- The Canastra Range: On the Way to Sao Francisco River Spring
- Southern Serra Do Espinhaco: The Impressive Plateau of Quartzite Ridges
- Itatim Geomorphological Site: Largest Concentration of Inselbergs in Brazil
- Pancas: The Kingdom of Bornhardts
- The Guanabara Bay, A Giant Body of Water Surrounded by Mountains in the Rio De Janeiro Metropolitan Area


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Biography

Bianca Carvalho Vieira is Bachelor in Geography and M.Sc. (Geography) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). As of 2005, she is professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil. She teaches courses on Geomorphology (Graduation) and Mass Movement: concepts, conditioning factors and preview methods (Post-Graduation). She has PhD in Geography (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) on predicting shallow landslides in Serra do Mar (SP) from physically based models. From 2002-2003, she was researcher on the Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas do Estado de Sao Paulo (IPT) and worked with landslides diagnosis and prediction on the urban areas and mapping of risk areas in the Sao Paulo city. She is Member of the Executive Committee of Brazilian Geomorphological Union (UGB) as of 2004. From 2003-2005, she was Professor at the Department of Geography - State University of Sao Paulo (UNESP). Her main research interests are methods are currently used in the spatial and temporal prediction of shallow landslides in a basin scale, analysis of the role of the topography in the distribution of erosive forms and identification risk areas of landslides and floods in urban areas.

André Augusto Rodrigues Salgado is a Bachelor in Geography and a M.Sc. in Geography (Federal University of Minas Gerais), is a Doctorate in Crustal Evolution and Natural Resources (Federal University of Ouro Preto) and doctorate in Geosciences (Universite d'Aix-Marseille III). He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has experience in Geosciences, with emphasis on geomorphology and his research interests are in regional evolution of the topography and measurement of erosion in the long term. Since 2009 works as a consultant in the evaluation of ad hoc scientific merit of research projects in Geomorphology that require financing from the National Science Fondation (NSF) – funder of scientific research agency of the US Government. Currently vice-president of the Brazilian Geomorphology Union (UGB) and Sub-Program Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Geography (M/D) of UFMG.

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