Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 26, 2010

byAndrew Goudie, Heather Viles

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What were the landscapes of the past like? What will landscapes look like in the future? Landscapes are all around us, but most of us know very little about how they have developed, what goes on in them, and how they react to changing climates, tectonics and human activities. Examining what landscape is, and how we use a range of ideas and techniques to study it, Andrew Goudie andHeather Viles demonstrate how geomorphologists have built on classic methods pioneered by some great 19th century scientists to examine our Earth. Using examples from around the world, including New Zealand, the Tibetan Plateau, and the deserts of the Middle East, they examine some of the key controls on landscape today such as tectonics and climate, as well as humans and the living world. They also discuss some key 'landscape detectives' fromthe past, including Charles Darwin who did some important, but often overlooked, research on landscape. Concluding with the cultural importance of landscape, and exploring how this has led to the conservation of much 'earth heritage', they delve into the future and look at how we can predict the response of landscapes to climate change in the future.

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What were the landscapes of the past like? What will landscapes look like in the future? Landscapes are all around us, but most of us know very little about how they have developed, what goes on in them, and how they react to changing climates, tectonics and human activities. Examining what landscape is, and how we use a range of ideas...

Andrew Goudie is a Professor of Geography in the University of Oxford and Master of St Cross College. He has worked on many aspects of geomorphology including deserts, the effects of climate change, the links between geomorphology and archaeology, and the conservation of sites of geomorphological interest. Heather Viles is a geographe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.07 inPublished:September 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199565570

ISBN - 13:9780199565573

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The changing landscape2. The present is the key to the past3. Landscapes past and present4. Landscapes, tectonics, and climate5. Living landscapes6. Landscapes and us7. Landscapes of the future8. Landscapes, art, and culture9. Unseen landscapesFurther Reading