Landscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia by Paolo BilliLandscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia by Paolo Billi

Landscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia

byPaolo Billi

Hardcover | April 8, 2015

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This book provides a succinct but comprehensive presentation of key geomorphological locations and topics including information about geomorphological heritage and maps to visit the most important sites.

Apart from often being remarkably scenic, landscapes reveal stories that often can be traced back in time tens of million years and include unique events. This is particularly true for Ethiopia where spectacular examples of different landforms are present. Its geomorphology varies from highlands, marked by high volcanoes and incised by deep river gorges, to the rift valley lakes endorheic systems and the below sea level lowlands with characteristic landscapes which are unique in the world. Landscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia highlights all these topics including essential information about geology and tectonic framework, past and present climate, hydrology, geographical regions and long-term geomorphological history. It is a highly informative book, providing insight for readers with an interest in geography and geomorphology.

Paolo Billi is a Professor of Fluvial Dynamics and Geomorphology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ferrara in Italy. His research interests include river geomorphology, including specific topics such as river hydrology, sediment transport, river channel processes, sediment yield, gully erosion and soil erosion pr...
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Title:Landscapes and Landforms of EthiopiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:389 pagesPublished:April 8, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401780250

ISBN - 13:9789401780254

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Table of Contents

Geomorphological landscapes of Ethiopia: an introduction.- Geology of Ethiopia: a review and a geomorphological perspective.- The climate of Ethiopia.- Ethiopian rivers.- Planation surfaces and long term geomorphological evolution of Ethiopia.- Paleoglaciated landscapes of Simen and other mountains in Ethiopia.- Geomorphology of the archaeological area of Aksum.- Geomorphology of Adwa district.- Geomorphology of "amba" landscape of northern Ethiopia.- Gully development in Tigray Highlands.- Tufa dams in Tigray (northern Ethiopia) as Late Pleistocene-Holocene climate proxies.- Ephemeral streams in the Kobo basin.- Sediment yield variability at various catchment scales and its impact on reservoirs in the Ethiopian highlands.- Hayk Lake 3500 years of climatic and hydrologic changes in northern Ethiopia.- Tectonic and volcanic geomorphology of the rift zones - the Afar triangle.- Ethiopian Rift lakes - landforms and hydrology.- Geomorphology of the Lakes Region - geomorphological record of palaeohydrological and palaeoclimatic events in an active volcano-tectonic setting.- Water-rock interaction and lakes hydrochemistry in the Main Ethiopian Rift.- The landscape and landforms of the Ogaden.- Geo-Hazard in Ethiopia.- Land degradation in the Ethiopian highlands.

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"This book undertakes a comprehensive treatment of the geomorphology of this diverse and fascinating country and succeeds reasonably well. Its greatest strength lies in the first five chapters (about one quarter of the book), which provide a solid overview of the area, including physical and historical geomorphology, geology, climate, and rivers. These will be of great use to anyone needing an introduction to or reference materials on the country. . Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." (I. D. Sasowsky, Choice, Vol. 53 (2), October, 2015)