Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands

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David S. G. Thomas
Wiley, Jan 4, 2011 - Science - 648 pages
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The new edition of "Arid Zone Geomorphology" encapsulates the advances that have been made in recent years in the investigation and explanation of landforms and geomorphological processes in drylands. Building on the success of the previous two editions, the Third Edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect the latest developments in the field. Whilst this latest edition will remain a comprehensive reference to the subject, the book has been restructured to include regional case studies throughout to enhance student understanding and is clearly defined into five distinct sections; Firstly, the book introduces the reader to Large Scale Controls and Variability in Drylands and then moves on to consider Surface Processes and Characteristics; The Work of Water and The Work of the Wind. The book concludes with a section on Living with Dryland Geomorphology that includes a chapter on geomorphological hazards and the human impact on these environments.

Once again, recognized world experts in the field contributed chapters in order to present a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of current knowledge about the processes shaping the landscape of deserts and arid regions. Includes global contribution from leading experts in the field providing the reader with a selective but balanced overview of this developing subject. Divided clearly into five distinct sections to ensure clear, comprehensive coverage of the subject. Includes key regional case studies throughout to enhance student understanding. Key references now included at the end of the book for ease of use. New chapters on Climate Framework; Desert System Variability; Pavements and Mantles; Desert Dune Processes and Histories; Geomorphological Hazards in Drylands and Arid Zone Geomorphology and 21st Century Global Warming.

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Thomas is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield.

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