Geomorphology of Desert Environments

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Anthony J. Parsons, A. D. Abrahams
Springer Science & Business Media, 2009. márc. 20. - 831 oldal
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About one-third of the Earth’s land surface experiences a desert climate, and this area supports approximately 15% of the planet’s population. This percentage continues to grow, and with this growth comes the need to acquire and apply an understanding of desert geomorphology. Such an understanding is vital in managing scarce and fragile resources and in mitigating natural hazards.

This authoritative reference book is comprehensive in its coverage of the geomorphology of desert environments, and is arranged thematically. It begins with an overview of global deserts, proceeds through treatments of weathering, hillslopes, rivers, piedmonts, lake basins, and aeolian surfaces, and concludes with a discussion of the role of climatic change. Written by a team of international authors, all of whom are active in the field, the chapters cover the spectrum of desert geomorphology.

 

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Tartalomjegyzék

Geomorphology of Desert Environments
3
Global Deserts and Their Geomorphological Diversity
8
Desert Ecogeomorphology
21
Weathering
67
Aridic Soils Patterned Ground and Desert Pavements
101
Duricrusts
123
Desert Rock Coatings
152
Hillslopes
187
Hemiarid Lake Basins Hydrographic Patterns
471
Hemiarid Lake Basins Geomorphic Patterns
488
Aeolian Surfaces
515
Aeolian Sediment Transport
517
Dune Morphology and Dynamics
556
Landforms Landscapes and Processes of Aeolian Erosion
597
Dust
628
Climatic Change
655

Rock Slopes
189
RockMantled Slopes
233
Badlands and Gullying
264
Rivers
300
Catchment and Channel Hydrology
301
Dryland Rivers Processes and Forms
333
Piedmonts
374
Pediments in Arid Environments
375
Processes and Forms of Alluvial Fans
413
Lake Basins
468
Rock Varnish and its Use to Study Climatic Change in Geomorphic Settings
657
Hillslopes as Evidence of Climatic Change
674
River Landforms and Sediments Evidence of Climatic Change
695
The Role of Climatic Change in Alluvial Fan Development
723
Evidence for Climate Change From Desert Basin Palaeolakes
743
Palaeoclimatic Interpretations From Desert Dunes and Sediments
757
Early Humans in Dryland Environments A Geoarchaeological Perspective
773
Cenozoic Climates in Deserts
798
Index
825
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