Landforms and Landscape Evolution of the Equatorial Margin of Northeast Brazil: An Overview by Jean-Pierre PeulvastLandforms and Landscape Evolution of the Equatorial Margin of Northeast Brazil: An Overview by Jean-Pierre Peulvast

Landforms and Landscape Evolution of the Equatorial Margin of Northeast Brazil: An Overview

byJean-Pierre Peulvast, François Bétard

Paperback | June 10, 2015

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More than a simple monograph, the authors present a comprehensive geomorphic overview of a large tropical region where they show how deciphering the long-term landform evolution helps understanding the present set of landscapes and morphodynamic environments. The Equatorial margin of the Brazilian "Nordeste" displays stratigraphic landmarks whose interpretation reveals the age and nature of landforms, leading to a reconstruction of the geomorphic history by the means of combined morphostratigraphic and morphopedological approaches. Beyond the role of differential erosion related to moderate post-oceanic opening uplift, the plain and upland landscape reflects a juxtaposition of landform and soil generations related to a shallow basin inversion, the last stages of which occurred in semi-arid conditions since the Oligocene. These results throw light on old debates on models of long-term landform development in platform areas, and also help evaluating recent models of denudation and burial based on thermochronological methods.

Jean-Pierre PEULVAST is Professor Emeritus of Geomorphology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He also teaches in the Master Degree and Doctorate program at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Fortaleza, Brazil. His principal field of interest is structural geomorphology, but he is also involved in programs of geoarcheology (Egypt...
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Title:Landforms and Landscape Evolution of the Equatorial Margin of Northeast Brazil: An OverviewFormat:PaperbackDimensions:186 pagesPublished:June 10, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319182021

ISBN - 13:9783319182025

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Presentation and Methodological Remarks.- Geological Setting: The Borborema Province.-Morphostructural Patterns: The Determining Influence of an Aborted Rift Zone in the Regional Organization of Landforms.- Stepped Surfaces, Palaeolandforms and Morphostratigraphy: Reconstructing the Long-Term Landscape Evolution since the Mesozoic.- Evolving Landscapes: The Influence of Neotectonics and Late Cenozoic Climatic Changes.- Concluding Remarks and Perspectives.